Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Flowers - Top Ten List For Your Summer Flower Garden

One of the simplest, most enjoyable tasks for beginning and advanced gardeners alike is choosing summer flowers for your summer garden. Every gardener has their favorite summer flowers. If you are looking to discover your favorites, here is a list of favorites that many gardeners recommend and find pleasure in.

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Pink Cone Flower - This is a wonderful selection to add to any garden bed, especially one that has full sun. The flower grows up to 3' tall, so they make a good choice for the back of the flower bed or in the center if the bed is a circular, oval or kidney-shaped. Cone flowers will bloom from mid-summer into the fall.

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Shasta Daisy - Like the Pink Cone Flower, the Shasta Daisy is a tall flower that can withstand the full sun and heat of the summer. Blooming time can vary from all summer long to mid-summer through fall.

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Brown-Eyed Susan - Not quite as tall as the Cone or Shasta Daisy, this flower is bright to deep orange with a brown center. It also is sun-sturdy, and the blooming time will vary from all summer to mid-summer through fall.

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Lily of the Valley - A very fragrant flower that is a great plant for a front border as it only grows to 6"-8" tall. The small white, bell-shaped flowers bloom late spring into early summer, but the green leave and stem remain all summer.

Hostas - Makes for a great border plant and comes in a variety of green shades, and some are even variegated with white. The low, leafy plants come up in the spring and bloom tall stemmed flowers from their centers in mid-summer.

Heirloom Roses - Different from the hybrid roses sold in flower shops, Heirloom Roses are hearty sun-worshipers and come in a multitude of colors and shades. They can grow on trellis', fences, or in a bush and make incredible summer flowers.

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Pansies and Violets - These are great summer flowers for flower beds, and for potted plants to adorn your front porch. These annual flowers will bloom all summer long if well maintained. and will add tons of color to your garden palate.

Butterfly Bushes - Attract butterflies and pollinating bees to your summer garden by adding one of these bushes. They are very fragrant, bloom most of the summer, and can withstand summer heat.

Day Lilies - One of the most popular medium sized summer flowers, and one of the most varying ones. Flower shoots can grow as tall as 4' and flower color will range form white to orange to red.

Gladiolas - This tall, spear shaped flower loves the sun, and will continue blooming as long as the "spear" continues growing. It's a great summer flower for adding accents to greenery background.

Ajuga - A low lying ground cover, Ajuga is a good choice for space between flowers and bushes. Mid-summer, it blooms a beautiful small purple flower, and is fragrant.

With all your summer flowers, be sure to "dead head" - pinch off dead blooms - and water on a regular basis, especially for full sun gardens. By choosing the right summer flowers and properly maintaining them, you can enjoy your colorful garden all summer long.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Designing Small Bedrooms: Do's and Don'ts

Space is one of the most common issues with condos and apartments these days. Unless you are willing to pay more for a bigger space, you just need to make do with the amount of legroom that is given to you. Here are small bedroom tips for those of you who live with small bedrooms.

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Color. There are lots of options that you will have when it comes to the color of the bedroom. However, if your goal is to make it look bigger or less crowded, your choices will be a little slimmer. Most stick with white and other light shades for their bedroom walls. Although, this group of colors might be the best selection to make, they can be a bit boring.

Another color that would be great to use as it can help you have a bedroom that has the illusion of space as well as the benefit of excitement and uniqueness would be cool colors. You can experiment with their lightness or darkness and settle for one that will be suitable for you. Examples of cool colors are blues, violets and greens.

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You should never use warm colors like orange, red or yellow as your bedroom space will become even smaller. Also avoid large prints in walls as they will be too overwhelming.
Furniture. When talking about bedrooms, the bed is always the most important subject matter. Unless you are cool with calling your bedroom your bed space, you have to sacrifice with a smaller sized bed. You can purchase small sized platform beds or mattresses.

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Other items that you need to fill your bedroom with are desks, chairs, cabinets, and others based on what you feel you will need. Go for minimalistic modern bedroom furniture as these are your best bets for a small bedroom.

Avoid placing furniture which you do not really need. For example, if you can afford not to have a desk inside your bedroom, it will be helpful in saving space. Also, as a night lamp, you can make use of installed wall lights instead of lampshades.

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Accessories. Add life to your bedroom with the help of simple furnishings. Wall paintings that are of the right proportions for the room will be a good idea. Use curtains that have length that are from floor to ceiling because they can give the illusion of a taller room. And, assuming that you probably have a small window, long curtains will have a positive effect.

Lighting. Light can improve or negate the effects that you tried to create with your furniture. Taking into consideration the fact that you want a bigger looking bedroom, you should make sure that your lights are bright and they illuminate the room well.

If you have large windows, then you are lucky as you can take advantage of the natural coming from the outside. However, if you have small windows that let a small amount of light in, you can make up for the deficits with artificial lighting. Install lights on every corner of the room so as not to have a single corner dimly lit and reduce the space of the room.

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