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A gardening howto for the ones who like gardening, but do not know everything. This site can learn you the basics about gardening.

Gardens should match the house both practically and visually. Very occasionally a contrast in style can work by shock tactics, but in the main this is not a good idea.

For those who live in an old period house there is no difficulty, but for the vast majority who live in modern suburban houses it is more tricky. If your plot has any long-established features, such as a group of old trees, it may be a good idea to retain these and let them to a certain extent influence the style of your garden.

Give some thought to building materials, then to the interior style of the house itself. All materials, to a degree, dictate how they should be used. In planning your garden try above all to avoid mixing materials and styles as it is rarely successful. Plants too have very definite characteristics and the selection of them will certainly influence the overall look of the garden. But the choice of materials must come first when establishing the layout and basic style.

Materials for gardening

The character of your town or village will have developed partly from the materials available at any one time and the way in which it was possible to put these together. Look at the older buildings in your area which will probably be in the local material. The local material is usually the cheapest and, if not avallable new, can often be bought second-hand. Many areas have no local rock, in which case the construction traditionally would be in wood or where clay was available in brick, though today more and more houses are built of concrete.

Garden to match your house

Now consider the interior of your house; it will, of course, be dictated by family use as well as aesthetic considerations. It is equally important that the style of the garden is in keeping with the inside if the house and garden are to be seen as a whole. Not only does the house lead out to the garden and thus form a unit in the physical sense but the garden can usually be seen from the windows of the house and should harmonize with the interior as much as possible.

In very broad terms, the rustic effect of country-style furnishings would call for a garden with a sweep of lawn and planting in herbaceous borders while a sophisticated modern interior will be complemented by a more streamlined type of garden with a stronger use of plant materials, concrete and cobble. Traditionalists will want a gentle, harmonious layout, with perhaps stone, soft curves and a glint of water. Many other types of house, such as the summer house retreat, the seaside villa and the town house all have particular characteristics which call for a particular style of garden.

Once the fundamental style of your garden has emerged, from a consideration of building materials and the interior look of your house, from then on each individual's garden is unique. Its character grows partly out of practical solutions to practical problems and relates also to the specific functions the garden is expected to perform. At a later stage planting will of course flesh out the bones of your garden and give it finally a very particular feel.

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Gardening Howto

Bulb planting
Boxes & tubes
Bulbs health
Bulbs spring
Bulbs summer & fall
Care & feeding
Cut flower bulbs
Every gardener
Flower arrangement
Indoor bulbs
Indoor permanent
Naturalizing bulbs
Rock gardens

Flower arrangement
Dried plants
Floral compositions
Flower arrangement ideas
Home made corsages
Japanese flower arranging
Mechanics flower arranging

Flower garden ideas
Crowded cities gardens
Fertilization garden
Garden propagation
Setting out plants
Soil flower-garden
Specific uses perennials

Alpine Greenhouse
Annuals & biennials
Bulbs half hardy
Bulbs hardy
Construction hints
Flowering shrubs
Foliage plants
Hard wooded plants
Hardy orchids
Hardy perennials spring
Perennials autumn
Potting shed
Routine work
Succulent plants
Suitable plants
Typical greenhouses

Indoor plants
Flowering indoor plants
Miscellaneous folliage plants
Specific home plants


Pests garden
Insects attacking plants
Insects enemies plants
Plant diseases

Planting vegetable
Planting asparagus
Planting beans
Planting beets
Planting blackeye peas
Planting Brussels sprouts
Planting cabbage
Planting carrots
Planting cauliflower
Planting celery
Planting Chinese cabbage
Planting chives
Planting cucumbers
Planting dandelion
Planting eggplant
Planting endive
Planting horseradish
Planting kale
Planting lettuce
Planting onions
Planting others
Planting parsnips
Planting peas
Planting popatoes
Planting radishes
Planting rhubarb
Planting spinach
Planting sweet corn
Planting sweet potatoes
Planting tomatoes

Roses in garden
American roses
Insect pests roses
Plant & Grow
Rose calendar
Rose diseases
Rose varieties
Special locations
Special purposes

Tree, shrub & lawn
Enemies shrubs & trees
Grafting & budding
Lawn care & maintenance
Planting shrubs & trees
Pruning shrubs & trees
Supervising growth

Pruning plants
Failure to bloom
Pleached allee
Pruning bonsai
Proper pruning
Pruning evergreens
Pruning fruit trees
Pruning grapes
Pruning hedges
Pruning herbs
Pruning house plants
Pruning perennials
Pruning roses
Pruning shrubs
Pruning tools
Pruning trees
Pruning understock
Topiary shapes