There are still some beautiful sights to see in the park

There are still some beautiful sights to see in the park

Christmas trees in the park

It’s been a lot cooler outside, and to be honest, I’ve found things to do in the warm weather instead of being out in the garden.

However, there are still some beautiful sights to see there, such as the dazzling single flower at Buddleja Buzz. During the summer months, this is one of the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden. This dwarf baddlega in the yard will not take over your garden, the flowers are the size of a typical baddlega, but the plants are half the size. It is long flowering, easy to grow and mostly problem-free. These attractive shrubs are also loved by bees and fit perfectly into a small garden. I have mine already planted in the ground and I cut it back to the height I want every spring.

Another group of plants that look good are my hosta containers. While they were long gone, the leaves were changing through some stunning fall colors as they slowly died. I can’t honestly say I’ve seen this amazing display in previous years! Of all the shady characters you can get for your garden, the beautiful, leafy hostas (better known as plantain lilies) are definitely at the top of any list. Originally, they come from China, Korea and Japan. In their natural homes they thrive in dappled shade and rich, moist soil. First introduced to Europe about 260 years ago, it was an instant hit thanks to the luxuriant nature of its leaves, the delicacy and scent of its lily-like flowers in summer – it all says so, you see. They still look good because they die in the winter.

It’s December, time for some Christmas cheer in the park. I bought a small potted tree a couple of years ago, lit it up and decorated it to put in my office, and then keep it in the garden in a large pot. Last year, I purchased a larger potted tree, lit it, and decorated it in the yard. So, this week I put the two together and decorated them with a bunch of outdoor fairy lights and some colorful ornaments. It’s been placed outside my new room in my garden and French windows, so it can be fully appreciated from home now too.

The one area of ​​my garden that always looks sparkling is the beach garden at the front of the house. I was able to take a selfie on a sunny day recently. The tree behind me and in front of the telegraph pole is the tamarisk tree, also known as the salt cedar. It is a beautiful flowering shrub that thrives in gardens and coastal areas across the UK, although it is native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. It is easily recognized by its thin, feathery leaves and small pink or white flowers that bloom from spring to early fall, depending on the species. It is also known to have a number of benefits for wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

It is an evergreen plant in warmer climates, but here in the UK it is deciduous and loses its leaves in winter. It is a relatively fast-growing plant and can reach its full size within a few years.

Hakoneshloa makra, or Japanese forest grass, is a perennial plant, producing mounds of bright green leaves, topped with airy sprays of green flowers in mid- to late summer. I have found that it is an unpretentious plant that can adapt to a lot of different growing situations. It can handle spots in sun, partial shade, or full shade in any soil type. It prefers moist but well-drained soil, so if planted in a dry or sandy location, be sure to water it during the warmer months. Mine is in a partially shaded spot in the back garden and has been thriving for over 6 years. It is a small ornamental grass native to the wet, rocky slopes of the Japanese island of Honshu, including the area around Mount Hakone, after which the species is named. It is a slow-spreading deciduous grass that forms in gently cascading mounds of light green that are useful as a simple understory for light shrubs and as soft edging for paths or steps. Light sprays of lime green flowers appear during June and July, giving a heightened lightness to the planted drifts. The clean, simple style of this grass makes it a good choice for formal yards or simple urban plantings, and the fresh green foliage gradually takes on rich russet tones as fall progresses, as you can see from the photo. Remember to cut off old flowering stems and dead foliage at the base in late winter.

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