Garden project for a functional patio

Garden project for a functional patio

A lawn, in a small garden, can be impractical, and if you still want an area for play, social life and relaxation, then a patio can provide all the space you need. Since the project has a rather large and uninterrupted area without greenery, the plant is particularly focused on ensuring that the garden does...

The garden as a place of entertainment

With the arrival of the hot season you spend more time outdoors, and there is nothing better than a corner of ter-breed or garden in which to improvise a cozy dining room. A comfortable and functional furniture will help you make the most of the space: swings, sandboxes, dungeons, play areas for children, swimming pools...

Great gardens of Europe

The gardens that deserve the appellation of “great” have been many, through the ages and in almost all civilized countries. The fact that only those of Europe are treated here does not mean that there were no marvelous ones in Persia, for example, or in India, or that they do not exist in North and...

Formal project

Formal project

Create a focal point The elements of this graceful small garden are simple, but the central axis directs the look along the narrow path creating an effect theatrical. High Verbena bonariensis are enclosed by hedges of dwarf shaped boxwood which, being an evergreen, provides an important architectural framework too in the middle of winter. A...

Garden, architecture of the….

Until about a century ago, the architecture of the garden was identified with its history (see History of the garden), since it was always attached to houses, palaces, private villas and very often the same architect conceived the whole as a single context to vary in different periods. It is only from a hundred years...

Ideas for easy-to-manage gardens

Ideas for easy-to-manage gardens

Open spaces that require little maintenance can have an elegance and a beauty equal to those that require constant attention. In the following pages we present some extraordinary projects for all tastes and all sizes. You will find ideas to create refined urban gardens enclosed in a courtyard, flowery meadows or zen gravel gardens with...

Hanging gardens

We want to indicate with this term those gardens raised from the ground in any way. The first of which we have news we find them in Nineveh and Babylon, suspended on large terraces and supported by arches, pillars and vaults. They were considered in antiquity one of the seven Hipproses of the world, together...

A silent green world

The daily repetition of the gestures and actions that leads men to work, to study, to the usual activities, often leaves no time to consider, or appreciate, the great weight that the plants have, not only with regard to the man himself , but also towards all the vital phenomena that take place on Earth....

THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS IN GARDEN DESIGN

THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS IN GARDEN DESIGN

A lot has been said about how the look of a garden or landscape could make or mar the valuation of a property. But very little has been said about how landscape architects can make gardens and landscapes heal the soul and mind with their garden designs. A garden could serve as a center point...

Oriental Garden

This term usually includes Chinese and Japanese gardens, although, strictly speaking, the Persian ones that have had so much influence on subsequent Moorish architecture should also be included. The first certain description of the Chinese gardens we find in 1685, in a book by Sir William Tempie who, having been ambassador to Holland, had undoubtedly...

IN GARDEN DESIGN SHADE FOR DAYS

IN GARDEN DESIGN SHADE FOR DAYS

In this article, we examine modern shades like awnings, shutters, blinds and other things that should be considered when buying shades for a home or a garden design. The summer season is approaching and shading away the rays of the sun off one’s window, and home is now a priority. No one wants to face...

Sino-Japanese garden

A tradition far removed from the formal garden of the oasis had evolved in China and was already established during the Han dynasty (140-87 BC). One of his distant heirs was destined one day to fertilize the West in turn and to influence not only the English landscape gardens and the Jardins chinois-anglais, but also...

Ananas (Bromeliaceae)

Ananas (Bromeliaceae)

From the name nanas, aborigine of South America. The genus includes tropical herbaceous, commercially cultivated on a scale where the climate allows it, for the “fruit”, which is a fleshy syncropus, consisting of single berries welded together, with the rachis and with the bracts from which only the extremity protrudes. , and ending in a...

Anagallis (Primulaceae)

Anagallis (Primulaceae)

The name derives from the Greek anagallís, «pimpinella». Although many species of this genus are perennial, it is common in cultivation practice to treat them as annual plants. They are all rather low and often have a creeping course; for this reason they are used for borders and in border, in the first line. Cultivated...

Aquatic gardens

Aquatic garden, with this name are referred to those gardens in which water, under whatever form, constitutes the basic element: therefore they are designed and built in its function and consequently have a strong prevalence of aquatic vegetation. or marsh. Beyond instead from this definition, in general, those gardens in which water appears as a dominant...

Anacyclus (Compositae)

Anacyclus (Compositae)

The name of Anacyclus (Compositae) derives from the Greek anà «above» and kílos «circle», due to the fact that the fertile female flowers are arranged in a circle around the disc of the flower head. They are plants that form shrubs and can be used in rock gardens; the flowers remind those of chrysanthemums and chamomile....

Anacampseros (Portulacaceae)

Anacampseros (Portulacaceae)

The name, derived from the Greek analMmpto «let me return» and éros «love», was attributed to this genus by Linnaeus (it existed since the time of Plutarch, who used it in the sense of plant used as a filter to reawaken love, for how much doubt it is that it was the same plant). They...

Garden Design: 8 quick tips to get you started on the right foot …

Garden Design: 8 quick tips to get you started on the right foot …

Let’s assume for a moment to find ourselves in your head, I see a place full of ideas (perhaps confused) and desire to transform your outdoor space !!! What do you see? Before you make any decision on how to tackle the path of transformation of the space of your dreams, today I want to...

Ampelopsis (Vitaceae)

Ampelopsis (Vitaceae)

The name derives from the Greek ómpelos «vite» and ópsis «appearance, appearance». The genus includes rustic plants, D, fast growing and lush especially in our climates, where they are grown abundantly for the beauty of the leaves that take, in the autumn season, bright colors. Often, however, they are confused with Vitis and Partenocissus. Cultivated...

Amorphophallus (Araceae)

Amorphophallus (Araceae)

Name derived from the Greek Umorphos «informe» and phallós «foul», due to the polymorphism of the appendix of the spadix. Plant with tuberous rhizome, from which the great upright inflorescence is born, long before the appearance of the compounded leaves, which do not appear in any case before the end of the flowering. The species...

Amorpha (Leguminosae)

Amorpha (Leguminosae)

The name derives from the Greek dmorphos «informe» and derives from the irregular shape of the flower. The genus includes shrubs that can reach even 4-5 m. The flowers that are collected in spikes are formed at the ends of the branches developed in the previous season. Cultivated species of Amorpha: A. fruticosa, false indigo,...

Amelanchier (Rosaceae)

Amelanchier (Rosaceae)

The name derives from the ancient French name of A. ovalis. The genus includes small trees or large shrubs, deciduous, rustic, cultivated for their decorative properties: at the beginning of spring the freshly sprouted leaves are copper-colored; white or rarely rosé flowers; and in autumn the foliage is colored with golden red. Cultivated species of...

Gardening for children

Gardening for children

Approaching children to the world of nature is a difficult thing for those who live in modern cities suffocated by cement. It is however very important to give them the opportunity to get closer to the natural world from an early age so that they can learn about it, love it and respect its beauty...

Amaryllis (Amaryllidaceae)

Amaryllis (Amaryllidaceae)

The name derives from that of a shepherdess from Greek and Latin poetry. It is a genus that includes only one true species, although the name is commonly and improperly used for Hippeastrum and their many hybrids. The only species is A. belladonna : Brunsvigia rosea, Callicore rosea), from southern Africa, bulbous plant at rest...

Alyssum (Cruciferae)

Alyssum (Cruciferae)

The name derives from the Greek lfisa «anger», with a privative in reference to a possible property to cure anger and insanity. It is a genus originating from the Mediterranean basin, widespread throughout Europe and Asia, up to the mountains of Russia, precisely in arid and mountainous areas. Includes all-perennial species; once it was also...

Althaea (Malvaceae)

Althaea (Malvaceae)

The name derives from the Greek althala, used by Theophrastus in his “History of plants” for the wild mallow, deriving from the verb which means “to heal”, due to the pharmaceutical qualities of the plant. It is a genus comprising annual, biennial and perennial plants, herbaceous rather rough or tomentose, with axillary flowers, stem height...

Alternanthera (Amaranthaceae)

Alternanthera (Amaranthaceae)

The name derives from the Latin alternus “alterno” and from the greek anthercí “flowered” due to the fact that fertile stamens alternate with sterile stamens (staminodes). The genus includes dwarf or semi-tropical perennial grasses of South America, bushy and suffrutescent, cultivated for foliage brightly and variously colored and used for groups of color in the...

Alstroemeria (Amaryllidaceae)

Alstroemeria (Amaryllidaceae)

Name given in honor of Baron Clas Alstroemer, Swedish botanist and friend of Linnaeus. The genus includes tuberose of South America, especially Chile and Peru, rustic, which require the only shelter in case of strong frost. Very useful for the garden, have leaves of various shapes, erect flowering stems that bring flowers of various colors,...

Alpinia (Zingiberaceae)

Alpinia (Zingiberaceae)

Name given in honor of Prospero Alpino, an Italian doctor and botanist of the sixteenth century, who was a professor of botany in Padua and director of the Botanical Garden of that city. The genus includes herbaceous plants, tropical, evergreen, greenhouse, from Asia and the islands of the South Seas. They are rhizomatous with lanceolate...

The rock garden

The rock garden

The rock garden, in its most common sense, is often confused with the alpine garden which is instead much more specialized. In Italy, it often takes on another form, peculiar to the coasts: that is, it is the solution to extremely steep soils near the sea. In the two cases the plants used will obviously...

Albizzia (Leguminosae)

Albizzia (Leguminosae)

The name of Albizia was given in honor of the Italian naturalist Albizzi. The genus includes small trees and shrubs all originating in warm climates; they are related to the acacias and are cultivated for the leaves, whose shape closely resembles those of the mimosa, and for the small, numerous flowers, with a characteristic pea...

The garden as a place of peace

The garden as a place of peace

The desire of man to have a garden is as old as civilization and is so ingrained that the first signs are manifested since the beginning of the history of peoples in all parts of the world. The very first source of tradition is the religious one, so the gardens are born as appendages of...

The charm of water in the design of the garden and parks

The charm of water in the design of the garden and parks

All the great gardens of the world have used water in one form or another, and its use has been adapted in each country according to needs and climate. Water exerts an immense charm, focusing attention on itself as few other characteristics of the garden. Water games are the only element, next to birds and...

Garden Trends Guide

Garden Trends Guide

Cabinet of curiosities In the face of our over-consumption consumption society, the success of flea markets and videogames brings new life to the treasures of the past. Chiner becomes a game, both for the house and the garden, where the custom decor is raging. The scrap then becomes bead of tomorrow. In the cabinets of...

Small, but remarkable the corydalis

Small, but remarkable the corydalis

Corydalis are classified into two groups: the early spring species, after snowthrush and snowflakes, and disappear after flowering, faster than bulb flowers. On the other hand, perennials often form bushy tufts and retain their decorative leaves throughout the season. It is good to know this for garden landscaping because springing carpet plants require adequate space....

Fountains in the garden

Fountains in the garden

The term fountain derives from the Latin fons, fontis, which in reality means «source»: and therefore it is quite logical that often such rules are joined, and appear in the thought, visions of spurts or waterfalls. Fountains and waterfalls are not peculiar to a certain type of garden, although they often form the fulcrum along...

The periwinkle The ground cover plant, easy to maintain, presents interesting cultivars with many advantages

The periwinkle The ground cover plant, easy to maintain, presents interesting cultivars with many advantages

The genus Vinca has five species in Central and Southern Europe, but only the little periwinkle (Vinca minor) is present in our hardwood forests. At the level of horticultural production, we find at home especially Vinca minor as well as Vinca Major and Vinca balcanica, but in much smaller numbers. The plant retains its lanceolate...

Alopecurus (Graminaceae)

Alopecurus (Graminaceae)

The name derives from the Greek alopékuros “foxtail”, referring to the appearance of the cylindrical spike inflorescences. This genus includes rustic herbs, some annuals, other perennials. There are many spontaneous species in Italy, widespread throughout the peninsula, in meadows and in humid places, generally appetites from livestock as fodder, but not sufficiently ornamental to deserve...

Alonsoa (Scrophulariaceae)

Alonsoa (Scrophulariaceae)

Name given in memory of the Spanish officer Alonso Zanoni. This genus includes perennial, suffruticose, bush-like species with racemic inflorescence; when they are grown outdoors they behave like annual plants; they are perennial only if grown in greenhouses. Cultivated species of Alonsoa: Alonsoa acutifolia is thickly bushy plant, it reaches 60 cm in height and has...

Aloe (Liliaceae)

Aloe (Liliaceae)

Name probably derived from an Arabic or Hebrew term with the meaning of “bitter”. Already in the first century d. C. Dioscorides used the Greek word albe for the name of the plant and from this it was also coined the term aloeddrion to indicate the purge that was extracted. The genus includes succulent evergreen,...

A LIFE OUTDOORS

A LIFE OUTDOORS

If you spend some time outdoors, then you need to consider getting outdoor furniture. Selecting the right outdoor furniture involves much more than just selecting something beautiful. You must take your time to select something practical that works fine. You must consider the use of the outdoor space that you want to furnish. Is the...

Alocasia (Araceae)

Alocasia (Araceae)

The name probably derives from a corruption of Colocasia, another genus of very similar plants belonging to the same family. Evergreen perennials, mostly warm greenhouses, grown for their ornamental foliage of different shape and colors. They are all from tropical Asia and therefore require high temperatures, but Alocasia odora, one of the largest species, native...

Garden project with connected circles for a modern apartment.

Designed for a modern apartment, this hanging garden had to include an informal area for relaxation but also a more formal area for lunch and for guests. The roof offered spectacular views of the city, which were to be enhanced. By arranging two different circular areas, the main functions of the garden are defined. A...

PENSILE GARDENS | ROOF GARDEN

PENSILE GARDENS | ROOF GARDEN

The design of the roof gardens is dictated more by the roof structure and its ability to support loads than the application of stylistic concepts. We must also take into account issues such as private property and safety, as well as the position of any facilities (air conditioners, ventilation fans or skylights). The roofs are...

Three optional garden projects for a long and narrow garden

Three optional garden projects for a long and narrow garden

Part of a terraced house, this garden was lower than the house, and was accessed through old stone steps. It was also surrounded by a low wall. Space was slightly sloping and the owners wanted a strong scheme since the garden was mainly watched from above. As for the plant project, however, the request was...

Alnus (Betulaceae); Alder

Alnus (Betulaceae); Alder

The name has preserved the Latin origin. The genus includes medium-sized trees, deciduous, which vegetate, except for a few species, in very humid soils. On the roots are nodules containing bacteria that have the ability to fix the nitrogen contained in the atmosphere, which is then absorbed by the host plant. Cultivated species of Alnus:...

Allamanda (Apocynaceae)

Allamanda (Apocynaceae)

Br. Allamand (18th century). The genus includes temperate-warm, evergreen, sarmentose plants of tropical America, with verticillated leaves and very funnel-shaped, funnel-shaped flowers. Cultivated species of Allamanda: Allamanda cathartica, the most vigorous, can rise to three meters in height; It has yellow flowers at the beginning of the summer. It has many var. among which grandiflora, with...

Garden Design Inspiration: 8 Awesome Ideas for your Garden

Garden Design Inspiration: 8 Awesome Ideas for your Garden

8 Awesome Ideas for your Garden: PIPE DREAMS This is a small garden design idea that is a sort of getaway oasis right amidst the hustles and bustles of the city. In this garden, you can relax and free yourself of any worries. The built-in daybed with a moon gate style is the dominant relaxation...

Alisma (Alismataceae)

Alisma (Alismataceae)

The name derives from the Greek one used by Dioscorides. The genus includes marsh plants that live in ponds and ditches. Cultivated species of Alisma: A. gramineum is a more clearly aquatic species than the others; there is a var. submersum in which only the inflorescence usually emerges and the linearilanceolate leaves remain completely under...

Alchemilla (Rosaceae)

Alchemilla (Rosaceae)

Alchemilla from the Arabic alkemelych passed into the Latin akhymía, to indicate that the plant was used by alchemists. The genus includes perennial, rustic grasses, typical of mountainous regions that have flowers in corymbs or umbrella-like peaks, of a greenish-yellow color; their low height makes them suitable for rock gardens in cool climates. Alchemillavulgaris, usually...

Albuca (Liliaceae)

Albuca (Liliaceae)

The name probably derives from the Latin albus, in relation to the fact that the first, discovery had white flowers. a genus to which rustic or semi-rustic plants belong, bulbous, with white or yellow flowers, found in tropical and southern Africa. Cultivated species of Albuca: A. altissima (50-60 cm), whose flowers are white and bloom...

The project of the garden – think about the past for a correct approach

The project of the garden – think about the past for a correct approach

The garden is the connecting point between man and the world in which he lives since in all ages man has felt the need to reconcile with the surrounding environment and has thus created gardens to satisfy his ideas and their aspirations. The oasis irrigated in the middle of an arid territory, the garden of...

Trees in the garden

Trees in the garden

Trees are the living beings of a longer life than any garden can host; once settled in their home, it is then extremely difficult to transport them. It is important, before planting them, to predict that they will not reach too large in relation to those of the garden, since using pruning is never a...

Trees fastigiate

Trees fastigiate

These are trees that have a very slender shape, with a narrow and long crown like the whole stem; typical examples of this are the common cypress in the var. striata and the black poplar cypress or pyramidal, called from the Anglo-Saxon poplar of Lombardy (Lombardy poplar) because, according to some, this form was precisely...

Fruit trees and shrubs

Fruit trees and shrubs

It is rare to find in a garden all the conditions favorable for cultivating any type of fruit-bearing suitable for the climate of the place, so the choice can only be made between the most suitable species for environmental conditions, which can also vary significantly in the space of a few tens of meters. Land...

Floor covering for your terrace

Floor covering for your terrace

The choice of a floor covering for the terrace can change the mood of a garden. Each material has its advantages and its aesthetic qualities. Choose the one that will harmonize with both the style of the garden and that of the house. The terrace is much more than an outdoor space surrounding the house....

Photographers in the garden what the eye sees and what the camera

Photographers in the garden what the eye sees and what the camera

Gardening and photography are two pastimes that, combined, in addition to providing us with the way to escape from everyday worries, relax us and give us the pleasure of creating a living and refined works. Even a simple camera, used with the necessary precautions, is sufficient to obtain good results, without having to resort to...

Decks to adore

Decks to adore

When the nights are balmy and the days long and warm, there’s nothing more relaxing than lazing an undercover deck transforms the backyard into an outdoor retreat that can be enjoyed year round, connecting the indoors with the garden. If you want to build a deck, take time to do some research, to find the...

Akebia (Lardizabalaceae)

Akebia (Lardizabalaceae)

Japanese name of the plant. This genus includes shrub-like twining species, half-second in mild climate, originating in China and Japan. Cultivated species of Akebia: Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata (left lobata) can grow from m 5 to m 10; the greatest difference between them is the number of leaflets present in each leaf, which are...

Ajuga (Labiatae)

Ajuga (Labiatae)

The name of Ajuga derives from the Greek to privative and from the Latin jugum «yoke», due to the lack of the upper lip. Genus of herbaceous, perennial plants, sometimes creeping, with a spiky inflorescence that rises vertically. Cultivated species of Ajuga: Ajuga genevensis, 20-30 cm tall, has serrated leaves, blooms in May-June, lives spontaneously in...

Plants for flower bed

Plants for flower bed

The flowerbeds, in a garden, are designed to accommodate the smallest plants, which however offer a long and lively flowering; they certainly constitute the most colorful areas, which immediately attract the observer’s gaze. It is therefore very important to give them a shape that is in harmony with all the surrounding environment and to place...

Flowerbeds

Flowerbeds

One of the most important aspects of the arrangement of a garden concerns the preparation of flowerbeds Except in particular cases, the places that you want to allocate for the flowers are circumscribed to selected areas whose shape and size will depend not only on the amount of soil you have, but also from the...

Ailanthus (Simaraubaceae) Ailanto

Ailanthus (Simaraubaceae) Ailanto

The name of Ailanthus derives from the word ailanto, a local term used for a tropical species, which means “tree high enough to reach the sky”. This derivation is traced in the names adopted in some European countries, such as England and Spain, where this species is called the “tree of heaven”. Cultivated species of Ailanthus:...

Lawn

Lawn

For the gardener, who often uses one term in place of the other, there is not a clear difference between turf and lawn: for lawn anyway means a tract of grassy land that evokes wide country spaces, while carpet grassy is the surface treated, irrigated and fertilized by those who aspire to the so-called “lawn”....

A GUIDE TO OUTDOOR DECORS

A GUIDE TO OUTDOOR DECORS

Outdoor living areas are finding more and more uses these days. They are much more than just extensions to an area. They can bring enjoyment to a home and provide a unique place in a home. Outdoor entertainment is a way of utilizing this unique area. Beautiful, well-constructed alfresco spaces close to entertainment areas serve...

Agrostis (Graminaceae)

Agrostis (Graminaceae)

The name of the Agrostis derives from the Greek agòs «campo». The genus includes herbaceous plants sometimes creeping, resistant, and therefore suitable for ornamental lawns and for sports fields, which have a remarkable ability to propagate, forming in short time green and compact carpets. Cultivated species of Agrostis: on the market there are almost exclusively...

Aglaonema (Araceae)

Aglaonema (Araceae)

The name  of the Aglaonema derives from the Greek aglaós «lucente» and néma «filo», probably with reference to the shining stamens of the flowers. It is a genus of evergreen plants for greenhouse and flat, grown for the often variegated ornamental foliage; the inflorescences are insignificant. Cultivated species of the Aglaonema: Aglaonema costatum, a low plant...

Agave (Amaryllidaceae)

Agave (Amaryllidaceae)

The name derives from the Greek agauós «splendid, admirable». These are succulent plants of the hot and dry American regions, originating for most of Mexico and the southern states of the U.S.A. ; many species have however naturalized in other areas with a similar climate, including the Mediterranean area. The genus includes herbaceous and arborescent...

The right way to choose the plants in garden design

The right way to choose the plants in garden design

When cultivating a garden, you must first try to arrange the plants so that they can grow in good health, taking into account the type of soil and exposure. In addition they must harmonize with each other and with the environment, and naturally meet your needs: for example, make the garden shady and intimate, or...

Agapanthus (Liliaceae)

Agapanthus (Liliaceae)

The name derives from the Greek agàpe «amore», ànthos «flower» and means flower of love. It is a genus of South-African origin, to which belong generally herbaceous, perennial, evergreen plants. Cultivated species Agapanthus: A. africanus is a species whose blue-violet flowers bloom in summer; it can reach m 1 in height. The vars are known....

Aethionema (Cruciferae)

Aethionema (Cruciferae)

Name of dark etymology. The perennial plant perennial is used for the decoration of rock gardens, has a prostrate woody stem and flowers reminiscent of those of the Iberis. Cultivated species of Aethionema: to the genus Aethionema they mainly belong to widespread species in the Eastern Mediterranean regions. In Italy, we find Aethionema saxatile in rocky...

TYPES OF GARDENS: Productive garden design

TYPES OF GARDENS: Productive garden design

In history, there were two major types of productive gardens, at the low end, we had the cottage gardens and some small areas of private gardens where produce was grown to complement food sources and also as a hobby. On the high end, we had large Victorian gardens with massive walls that supplied vegetables, fruits...

Aesculus (Hippocastanaceae); Ippocastano

Aesculus (Hippocastanaceae); Ippocastano

The name derives from the Latin Aesculus, an oak species. These are large trees that are cultivated for the majestic appearance of the wide rounded foliage and for the showy flowers gathered in large panicles, which open between April and May. The species are mainly native to Eastern Europe, Asia, and North America, introduced in...

Aeschynanthus (Gesneriaceae)

Aeschynanthus (Gesneriaceae)

The name derives from the Greek but the meaning is obscure; in this genre, we tend to include the genus Trichosporum today. They are suffrutic evergreens from Asia and Madagascar, mostly epiphytes, with declining branches, opposite leaves rather fleshy or leathery, showy flowers, rarely solitary, at the axil of the leaves or terminal, almost always...

Aeonium (Crassulaceae)

Aeonium (Crassulaceae)

The name derives from the Greek «immortal» aiónios. It is, in fact, a genus similar to the genus Sempervivum of which it recalls the rosette arrangement of the leaves, although the A. are caulescent. Almost all of them are from the Canary Islands, except for some African form; there. arboreum is natural in many parts...

Garden project: garden on the roof

Garden project: garden on the roof

Roofs are ideal areas for creating green spaces in the city, especially if your apartment does not have a traditional garden on the ground floor. Nothing forbids, of course, to have both! For example, you might be among the lucky ones who have enough space for one or the other, because the building already has...

Aechmea (Bromeliaceae)

Aechmea (Bromeliaceae)

The name derives from the Greek akmé «punta», with an allusion to the rigid points of the glass. The genus includes evergreen plants from tropical America, often epiphytes, which have the peculiar shape of most of the Bromeliaceae; they have in fact rigid leaves arranged like acaulettes, each one inguaining in the form of a...

Adromischus (Crassulaceae)

Adromischus (Crassulaceae)

The name derives from the Greek adrós «abundant» and mischóis «stem». The genus, native to South Africa, includes dwarf succulent herbaceous plants, which cling to fleshy round, flat or cuneate leaves that become mottled in brown or reddish in the sun; the flowers are brought into rising spikes from the center of the plant. Cultivated...

The right approach to create a Perfect garden design

The right approach to create a Perfect garden design

Follow the rules When you’re making any major changes to your garden, there’s one important guideline to consider – if in doubt about planning, check. One of the most common issues is removal of trees. If you want to cut one back or remove it, ask your local tree officer if it’s covered by a...

Garden project for the fragrant garden

Garden project for the fragrant garden

When designing flowerbeds or borders, the visual qualities of plants – flowers, foliage weaving, shape and color – often have priority over another attribute typical of the plant world: the scent. Plants with fragrant flowers or aromatic leaves give the garden a new dimension. But be careful not to place the different essences too close...

With outdoor screening, you can add privacy or create a series of inviting garden rooms

With outdoor screening, you can add privacy or create a series of inviting garden rooms

Screening can create attractive garden rooms, add more defined spaces to outdoor living areas and make your home more private. Screening also hides unappealing elements, such as air-conditioning units, clothes linesor garden sheds. However, screening outdoor areas is a delicate balancing act. You want togenerate privacy and separate specific areas, but still capture breezes and scenic...

Garden project for a surprising and idyllic secret garden design

Garden project for a surprising and idyllic secret garden design

The owners wanted a secret and surprising garden to complete the expansion of their terraced house. They needed a space for lunch, but also a secluded and hidden corner for reading and meditation. The garden also had the bond of neighboring houses, and needed effective shielding for a large shed and for the outdoor unit...

Garden project: One space, two different ideas!

Garden project: One space, two different ideas!

Most properties have a corner or alleyway where absolutely nothing will grow – like th is long , narrow space in a reader’s garden. It ets hot afternoon sun but a section of it also gets lots of shade because of a tree on the adjacent property. In addition, the soil is hard and barren, and...

A simple garden project for the family

A simple garden project for the family

The owners of this garden wished to create a simple space for the whole family, with beautiful plants, a corner for children to play and a large dining area. It was also important to take into account the new glass extension of the house, which unified the interior with the exterior. In this garden project...

Understanding a landscape design plan

Understanding a landscape design plan

When you think about a landscape design, it can be described as the blueprint for an outdoor area. Just like building floor plans, a landscape design visually shows where natural and artificial elements of an outdoor area will be. These elements include grass, tress, water fountains and even systems like irrigation and lighting. Landscape plans...

A journey into the basic concepts of garden design

A journey into the basic concepts of garden design

A lot of garden owners tend to describe their gardens as modest in size. This is because many of them compare their garden to the large, ornamental gardens that can be found in parks, public spaces, mansions and other places. They do not realize that compared to some tiny, urban gardens, their gardens are in...

Playground areas and risk

Playground areas and risk

When we look at this title, there is a word that is not there. Everyday there are constant discourses on risk during children’s play time. Is it okay for a child to have some risk around the playground instead of a completely insulated environment? Should children even be exposed to risk in the first place?...

Garden project on a sloping terrain

Garden project on a sloping terrain

Many believe it is more difficult to design a garden on a sloping terrain. The differences in level allow us to arrange the plants on different levels, making the whole of the cultivable areas more lively. Of course I do not mean sites with an excessive difference in height: in that case, in fact, the...

A formal garden project

A formal garden project

In the right format, a simple formal garden, even a small one, can be of great impact. The dimensions do not count: the best gardens are a happy combination of geometry and symmetry, in which the plants architecturally create clear and well-structured forms, exalting the straight lines, the corners and the rigorous curves of floors,...

TYPES OF GARDENS: Modernist Gardens

TYPES OF GARDENS: Modernist Gardens

Modernist gardens are usually defined by their asymmetry. These gardens have free-flowing space with shadow and light used. These kinds of gardens have complex views unlike the rather controlled vistas that formal, classical gardens have. Most modernist gardens have one or two views that are emphasized. But visitors may not see them the same way...

A garden project for the family

A garden project for the family

Some of us are lucky enough to buy a house already equipped with the ideal garden. More often, however, it happens that you have to reinvent your green space by imagining it with different plants and characteristics, and the company can be more complex than expected, especially if it is the first time. Often we...

TYPES OF GARDENS: Mediterranean Garden

TYPES OF GARDENS: Mediterranean Garden

There are two garden types associated with Mediterranean regions. They are formal and informal gardens. Informal gardens utilize gravel and their planting is structured in structural masses and groups. Informal gardens get their inspiration from the arid regions of Spain and Southern Italy and the less arid South of France with its shrubby vegetation or...

TYPES OF GARDENS: Formal Garden

TYPES OF GARDENS: Formal Garden

Garden designers typically design formal gardens as expressions of man’s superiority over nature. Formal gardens contain elements and features that are expressed in their structure and geometry. Formal gardens have their origins from classical garden design and architecture. These kinds of gardens can be commonly found in Italy and France. To create a nice formal...

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture involves the design of landmarks, outdoor spaces, and structures to make an environment beautiful to achieve specific social or environmental objectives. Landscape architecture involves the examination of current soil, ecological and social processes, conditions in a landscape. Landscape architecture involves site planning, residence landscape planning, green infrastructure planning, landscape design, planning of recreation...

Garden Design Styles Explained

Garden Design Styles Explained

When we are talking about design, style is the way that we combine plants, colors, trends and materials in a way that is pleasing. While some style trends do not last long, others sometimes mark the beginning of major phases in garden design. These phases all have what they are known for.  For formal design...

Lets go with  the flow with a Water feature

Lets go with the flow with a Water feature

According to the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, flowing water brings with it health, happiness bring the beneficial and harmonious sound of running water to your garden is with a water feature. A well-placed water feature can also become a garden focal point. Water features add texture and form which is continually changing, and...

Garden design and plants: Lavender will add a luxuriant touch and scent to your garden next spring

Garden design and plants: Lavender will add a luxuriant touch and scent to your garden next spring

Spring is the perfect time for lavender. Use of the herb dates back more than 2000 years and historically it has been used in mummification, perfumery, cooking and bathing. In fact, it’s believed the name lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, which means to wash. Because of its popularity, lavender most likely spread throughout...

Modern garden furniture

Modern garden furniture

The modern garden is characterized by a primitive formalism and a rigorous geometric arrangement of furnishing and decoration elements. In an exterior area characterized by a modern design, there must be no well-defined lines, controlled geometries and strict, minimal spaces that blend perfectly the sobriety of the modern with the futuristic look of a well-designed...

How to Decorate a Garden: Useful Tips

How to Decorate a Garden: Useful Tips

Having a nice garden, well-kept and furnished, though small in size, is so much of a home. And to decorate with a taste a garden just really little! In fact, once you have chosen the style, you need to buy the indispensable furnishing items to house friends and relatives in a cozy and functional environment....

Garden design: Illuminate the garden

Garden design: Illuminate the garden

One important aspect in garden design is the illumination. With the arrival of summer, what’s better than spending time in the open air, under starlit skies, letting it be pervaded by dreamy atmospheres?  In this scenario, the lighting of outdoor spaces certainly plays a fundamental role.  Properly designing garden lighting is indispensable to enhance its...

Garden Design: The Typical Residential Sites

Garden Design: The Typical Residential Sites

Landscape architects that work on garden design plans for residential houses have three major factors to consider. They are the home, the site and the client. Every client, site and home is unique in its own way and none is the same as another. Every client has his/her own lifestyle, characteristics, habits, wishes and desires....

Vertical Garden Design Styles

Vertical Garden Design Styles

The massive rural to urban migration has seen more people stay in apartments and backyards. A lot of people want to have their own garden designs but there is a lack of necessary space. Vertical gardens are the perfect fit for those that want to create a garden in a place with limited space. Some...

Hiring a landscape architect for your new garden

Hiring a landscape architect for your new garden

Employing the service of a landscape architect is certainly an advisable financial decision, especially considering that you will be getting maximum utilization of existing space absent the need for planning. It is equally helpful that you make known your amount that you have set aside to be spent. Employing the service of an expert landscape...

All You Need to Know About Soil for a Landscape Architect

All You Need to Know About Soil for a Landscape Architect

Landscape architect tips: Understanding Exposure of Plants to The Sun When making garden design plans, it is important to determine how much shade and sun your garden receives. There are some plants that require partial sun while some require full sun. There are even some that will survive with full shade. A landscape architect usually...

GARDEN DESIGN HOW TO DESIGN WITH PLANTS

GARDEN DESIGN HOW TO DESIGN WITH PLANTS

There are various classes of plants that can be used for various occasions for your garden design. They include shrubs, annuals, bulbs, trees and perennials. When making garden design plans with plants, you can focus on just 1 or 2 plant groups to get a contemporary look or you can select from all plant groups...

PLANTS: A SPECIAL WAY OF TREATING THEM

PLANTS: A SPECIAL WAY OF TREATING THEM

Plants shouldn’t just be categorized as mere shrubs, trees or groundcovers. They need to be categorized in a way that will showcase the visual forms they take, their manner of growth and their uses. This will help landscape designers become more skilled and experienced in the art of landscape design. Landscape architects can improve their...

What to Expect as a Landscape Architect

What to Expect as a Landscape Architect

The work of landscape architects involves managing and designing open spaces including built and natural environments and creating landscapes and landscape plans. They work on designing creative, visually appealing environments that everyone love. They also ensure that everything they create is sustainable, appropriate and considerate. They work with other professionals to create various landscape architectural...

Creating landscape design plans

Creating landscape design plans

When creating a landscape design plan, your priority is finding solutions. You might find it a difficult task at first but when you start with a good idea of what you want your garden to look like, you have taken away a chunk of the work away. A simple scrapbook or notebook will go a...

CREATING A GARDEN

CREATING A GARDEN

The aesthetic value of a home can be enhanced by the presence of a well-managed garden. Gardens are beautiful and they also have numerous advantages. Why do you think you need a garden in your home? There are many reasons why people make their own gardens, for some people, it is a wonderful place to...

Garden Design with Lights

Garden Design with Lights

With creative lighting, you can create a unique look for your garden at night. Subtle, soft light will bring a few elements into focus and make the best of various colors and textures. But you can get styling options with the use of specialist lighting. You should be careful with electricity and ensure that an...

How to Select Materials in Garden Design 

How to Select Materials in Garden Design 

The flowers and shrubs you plant is not the only the thing that defines a garden. Garden design also involves things like the selection of the right surfaces, structures, boundaries, shape and texture of hard materials. Various materials have their own movement, color and shape. These all work together to attract people and form their...

How to Integrate Sculpture into a Garden Design

How to Integrate Sculpture into a Garden Design

You don’t need to limit your choice of garden sculpture to what is provided by your local garden center. You can use any of several objects that can act as sculpture when placed in a garden. They include pieces of discarded machinery, rounded boulders, driftwood and lovely shaped ceramic vases. You just need to be...

BEST IDEAS FOR A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN

BEST IDEAS FOR A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN

In this 21st century, the word “SUSTAINABILITY” has become a popular word with people reacting in a positive way to the world’s decreasing resources. Because of this, the sustainable garden design has become more of a way of life than a mode that revolves around recycling and reusing renewable resources,  embracing conservation and biodiversity and...

COLORS IN GARDEN DESIGN

COLORS IN GARDEN DESIGN

Color is a highly important tool in garden design. It can affect our senses and the way that we react to our environment. With colors, landscape designers can express a mood, atmosphere or message. For example, cool colors have a spacious, calm and gentle effect while warm colors create a vibrant, lively and exciting atmosphere....

GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

How do you want to do in your new garden? A garden is an extension of your home and as such, should be a place where you can retire to get during your free time. When considering what to do with the garden space, or how to set it up to serve the family both...