Using the outdoor classroom wall to grow upwards..

Top Garden Trends for 2013

Espalier: crabapple can be planted inches from an exterior wall. Position espaliered trees on the patio or deck to create a living privacy screen. Or go old-style and grow apple trees horizontally for easy access to the fruit.

More amazing color....wow!  Heuchera mixed with ferns.  The fact that heuchera is an evergreen is just so appealing for year round color!

Beauty and Hardiness Grow in the Shade

Shade Plants: More amazing color. Heuchera mixed with ferns. The fact that heuchera is an evergreen is just so appealing for year round color!

Shrubs and trees combine for a striking, expansive bed: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/front-yard-landscaping-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin030314grandandgraceful&page=3

Landscaping Ideas for the Front Yard

Better homes & Gardens Templates for making your yard a brilliant display of color and texture using low-maintenance plants and design ideas.

Heuchera...like coleus comes in a vibrant array of colours, only its a perrenial.  Try a garden with these and hosta and you have a showcase of colour!

Heuchera vs. Heucherella What’s the big difference???

HEUCHERA like CoLEuS come in a vibrant array of colors & is a PERENNIAL. Try a garden with these & Hosta & you have a showcase of color

A stream or river of Hakonechloa macra Aureola (similar to H.m. Alboaurea) designed by Adrian at the zu Jeddeloh “Blooms” garden in northern Germany. This flows towards and around the base of a Japanese Pine, to the left is one of the best of Heucheras, H. Silver Scrolls, the pink beyond a Japanese Anemone, A.x hybrida Party Dress.

Inspirational Design

Hakonechloa macra Aureola flows towards and around the base of a Japanese Pine, to the left is one of the best of Heucheras, H. Silver Scrolls, the pink beyond a Japanese Anemone, A.x hybrida Party Dress. designed by Adrian Bloom

Summer Garden DIY Project – Homemade Garden Markers Using Stones - DIY  Crafts

Summer Garden DIY Project – Homemade Garden Markers Using Stones

No more blown away plant markers in the garden.this fun project the kids can help with too! (Pinner: I have painted rocks but never made garden markers so would like to try some. I use paints for outdoor use.

bug hotel / insect house from recycled materials

bug hotel

How to make a bug hotel / insect house : school gardening club / kids eco garden project / recycled garden for forest school

Raised beds

How to Set up a School Garden

Useful post that talks about the specific steps on how to set up a school garden.for over 20 years I donated to Greece Schools .for children's gardens, for education.

Love the phormiums mixed with ground cover and small shrubs

6 steps to a water-wise garden

water wise tips. Love the grasses mixed with ground cover and small shrubs

The Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Park

The Forbidden Corner tourist attraction in North Yorkshire. Book tickets online for your visit, discover more about our history and see our opening times.

"Holding Onto the Garden - Environmental Sustainability."  - National Gardening Association article on school gardens

"Holding Onto the Garden - Environmental Sustainability." - National Gardening Association article on school gardens

Teepee Den:  Easiest of all the dens to create, fun for kids, great for runner beans throughout the summer season.    What you will need    1) Approximately 8 - 10 long bamboo canes (6 - 7 feet minimum).    2) A packet of runner bean seeds.    3) Some gardening string or a cable tie or similar.    4)  a roll of chicken wire (optional)   5) space

I don't think i have space for this in my yard but maybe the next house, or the mother in laws. How to grow your child a living den or playhouse.so much better than buying a plastic play house.

Espalier is art of pruning and training trees or shrubs usually against a wall or trellis to form symmetrical and flat geometric shapes.  Training trees into flat, two-dimensional shapes has more value than just decoration of walls and gardens. Espaliered trees are perfect for lawn and gardens with limited space. When grown against walls, they reflect sunlight and protect the wall from heat waves.

Monet's espaliered apple trees in Giverny-- beautiful and practical! One of my favorite "aha" moments.was discovering the apple fence.

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