Many people associate the word
with the old fashioned, somewhat large shrub that tends to be an aphid magnate,
hence the Honeysuckle Aphid.
Vine Honeysuckles such as the
Dropmore Scarlet and the Mandarin may come to mind and while they are not as
pest problematic, neither are they reliably hardy in Zones below 4 or 5.
Clavey’s Dwarf was a landscape
preference for many years and they are indeed a nice, smaller, well-behaved
shrub that are most loved when in bloom.
It’s the relatively new kid on the
block that really deserves a place in the garden.
Andre’s GardeningLonicera caerulea edulis–The
This shrub comes to us from E.
Siberia and is worthy on so many levels. The word Siberia denotes tough, hardy
and enduring. L. edulis delivers, even if you are not interested in the
edible fruit. Without cross pollinators such as BlueBerry (TM) and Cinderella
(TM), the elongated blue coloured berries are rather inedible raw, but the
shrubs attributes go well beyond that. In Zone 2b they flower earlier than
Lilacs and early arriving Hummingbirds love the frilly white flowers. At a
mature HT of 4ft x 3ft W, they are happy in full sun to part shade, are disease
and pest resistant, drought tolerant once established and ask only that you not
plant them in wet, poorly drained areas. One fan who has grown these in
large containers for several years can attest to their durability given
adequate winter protection of straw and snow cover. This is literally a test of
hardiness in Zone 2b and an endorsement based on experience.
There are many ways that you can add interest to a garden. Anything that becomes a focal point will add interest and that can range from garden sculptures to the types of plants you choose.
Adding block planting of a particular specimen can become a focal point in the garden. Even adding areas of variegated foliage can create a focal point in the garden.
Seats are another item that can add interest to the garden and additionally they can offer a nice place to rest and relax while you admire your work.
Mirrors that are strategically placed can enhance the garden in many ways. They can bring reflected light to dark corners of the garden. They can also give the impression that the garden is bigger or alternatively they can give the impression that the open space is bigger.
Placed at various angles, mirrors can add a lot of fun and interest to a garden and help to lead a visitor on to other areas.
Using hedges can also add interest to the garden while offering protection to the plants. Hedges are also an excellent way to gain privacy without feeling closed in.
Water features are a favorite for many people and the sound of running water in the corner of a garden can add an atmosphere of calm and relaxation.
Water features can also be good for the birds in the garden particularly in the summer months when they might find it difficult to find water lying around to suit their needs.
As with sculptures, stones, rocks and pebbles can add interest and offer areas where you can walk even when the surrounding ground might be too wet. Shells also make a good cover on the ground for paths that can remain dry in the wet season.
There are so many different things that you put in your garden to add interest. Everything from old cartwheels to wind chimes, aviaries or anything else you can imagine.
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