Another way to bring peace to your surrounding environment is by building an aquatic garden or water garden. The greens and water have a refreshing and peaceful vibe spreading around. To make it more appealing in your eyes, there should be certain arrangements to make the garden suit your style. Yet, before going further about the water garden styles, here are several steps to do in making a water garden:

  1. Measure the right size and location

Find a strategic position that is near water resources or at least has easy access to water like having buried hoses. Watch out for big trees nearby as their fallen leaves could make the pond dirty faster. Consider also the sunlight intensity as there are water plants that need or avoid direct rays. When the perfect spot is found, make a suitable measurement for the pond like the structure and shape.

right size and location
right size and location
  1. Get to know the components and ornaments

A sophisticated water garden requires different types of elements, but the basic one should include at least a pond, water, aquatic plants. Additional ornaments like fountains, cataracts, statues, containers, pebbles, stepping stones, and other accessories are welcomed. Then identify the suitable water plants that might survive in living in the pond.

There are dozens of them like a water lily, lotus, iris, taro, water lettuce, and more. Those plants have their characteristics like floating, submerging, or marginal. Besides, some also demand specific maintenance like fertilizer, calm water, or even some streams.

components and ornaments
components and ornaments

Almost similar to the floras, the aquatic faunas like fish, snail, freshwater prawn, turtle, and crayfish need special treatments. An example is Koi that has to live in clean water. Therefore, the water needs to get cleaned often. Consider the number of faunas especially fish in a pond. The outnumbered fish might bring some damage to the pond or plants. Certain fish like Koi cannot live with water plants as they tend to eat and dig the plants.

  1. Choose the style

After knowing all the basics and characteristics of the pond and its occupants, you can start to decide the look (style) and the components. Whether it looks natural or follows certain regional styles like Asian and Persian. Asian water garden style usually has still pond with bamboos, pots, and rocks as the ornaments. Meanwhile, European or Persian style is characterized by classical statues and fountains. Apart from them, you can experiment with your style. If it is possible, you can also build a stream garden, but of course, it takes larger space and more water sources.

Choose the style
Choose the style
  1. Sketch your desired style and prepare the materials

Finally, it is time to execute. Regarding space and the concept, you can draw the shape of the pond completed with the size and depth. Though it is not visible, making shelves and steps in the pond might help in positioning the plants or building houses for the animals. Around the pond, spot any possible places for the additional water plants and ornaments. Lastly, do physical work like digging and preparing the garden. Happy gardening!

Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden
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Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden

Vertical garden is the best solution for people who live in an urban spaces which typically have smaller space of living. Vertical garden is not only able to bring breathe life for your dull concrete walls but also enables you to become more productive in utilizing space. There are various types of plants people choose to grow in vertical garden.

You can either choose to grow ornamentals plants or productive plants such as vegetables. Mostly, vertical garden will work best as a medium for plants that can grow naturally without much soil.

Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden
Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden

Begonias

Begonias flower is one of the best ornamental plants to grow in your vertical garden. This type of plant works well in indoors thus Begonia is suitable for shade vertical gardens. Begonias plants come in various sizes and shapes. They have compact, cane, variegated as well as trailing. All types of Begonias will thrive in a shade vertical garden.

Their colorful flowers and leaves will bring beautiful environment for your home. The flowers are the combination of white and pink color with bright green leaves.

Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden
Top 5 Popular Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden

Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris are one of the most favored plants for vertical garden designers in all over the world. These ornamental flowers have stunning bright purple which will change your dull walls into beautiful gardens in homes. Japanese Iris are best thrive on a shaded wall. The flowers will appear in spring season.

Orchids

Who knows that orchids also can grow in vertical garden? The combination between orchids and the other ornamental plants in vertical garden will create stunning and amazing look toward your garden wall. You can pick between Oncidium spp. and Dendrobium or combine the two to bring the full beautifulness for your garden wall.

These pretty shape and color flowers combine with their strappy leaves will make your garden totally look exotic. What makes orchids the best choice for vertical garden is not only because their beautiful appearance, but also because they need low maintenance. Orchids will thrive best under the shade. They need ample sunlight but not from direct sunlight.

Ferns

Ferns are great options for a shaded – type vertical garden. Ferns can thrive best even when they don’t get enough sunlight. Therefore, if your vertical garden is on a shaded wall, don’t forget to plant ferns. There are many types of ferns work best for vertical garden such as bird’s nest fern (asplenium nidus), boston fern (nephrolepis), adiantum, platycerium and many more.

In order to make ferns flourished, you better provide moist environment for them. To create a beautiful vertical garden from ferns, just mix and match the plant.

Productive Plants

If you are type of a person who prefer to grow productive plants other than ornamental plants, then there are also some type of productive plants that can grow greatly in vertical garden. Some of productive plants you can choose are mints, kales, lettuce, English spinach, several chili plants and so on.

Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists
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Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists

There are many type of hedging plants that are best to grow. Each of them have certain characteristics and advantages.

  1. Leylandii (Green)

Leylandii (green) is one of the most popular hedging plants since it can grow very fast compare to the other hedging-plants. It can grow for about 1 meter or three feet in only one year. Leylandii (green) also known as Leyland Cypress, Conifer Hedging or Leylandi.

It costs lower especially when we compare it to the other hedging plants at height more than 120 cm tall. Leylandii (green) is also a good choice for those who live in a windy areas since it is so sturdy and wind tolerant.

If you prune Leylandii (green) almost every year, then this conifer will make a box – shaped hedge with very dark-green color. It is recommended to trim the Leylandii (green) twice or once a year. The top of this plant need to be trimmed for about twice a year while the sides only once a year. If you leave the Leylandii (green) untrimmed, it can grow very tall and reach more than 30 meters.

Leylandii (green) is a type of easy to grow and maintain plant. It can grow either in partial shade and full sun. The best type of soil to grow Leylandii (green) is in heavy and wet clay soils.

Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists
Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists
  1. Laurel Hedging

Laurel Hedging also known as English Laurel, Cherry Laurel and Common Laurel. Under the ideal condition, Laurel Hedging is able to grow up to 2 feet or 60 cm per year. If you are type of people who don’t like to grow conifer, then Laurel Hedging can be your best choice since this plant is one of the fastest growing hedging plant.

Laurel Hedging is also able to maintain its leaves throughout the year. As one of the non – conifer type for hedging plants, Laurel Hedging is least expensive. It is quite easy to use Laurel Hedging as an instant screen since it can grow tall very quick and more than 4 feet tall Laurel Hedging is very bushy.

Laurel Hedging can grow in almost any type of soils except for very wet soils and shallow chalky soil. You can grow Laurel Hedging under the direct sun or in shade. Remember to give Laurel Hedging ample water when they are in a state of developing root system.

Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists
Which Hedge Do You Want to Plant? Here are the Lists
  1. Portugal Laurel

Portugal Laurel also known as Portuguese Laurel with botanical name Prunus lusitanica. Under ideal condition, Portugal Laurel can grow up to 18 inches or 45 cm per year. Therefore, Portugal Laurel is classified as medium – fast growing hedging plant.

There are several reasons of why you should choose Portugal Laurel. As one of evergreen, Portugal Laurel will keep its leaves all year round. It doesn’t get affected by the season. For formal appearance around office buildings, Portugal Laurel can be the best option since it does not need complex maintaining but can form tidy and neat looking hedge.

The leaves are smaller than Cherry Laurel with dark-green color. Portugal Laurel also has white flowers with soft fragrant and impressive red stems.