Content tagged "residential landscape areas"

Water Conservation for Container Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 01, 2014

Water conservation for container gardens can be achieved through plant choice, efficient irrigation, and pot choice.Containers offer many advantages and...

Water Conservation and Slopes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 01, 2014

A multi-level terrace creates different planting areas on this slope.  Photo credit: Molly Holzchlag Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Establishing groundcover on a...

Prairie Gardens as an Alternative to Turfgrass

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 21, 2014

Prairie gardens are a great alternative to turfgrass. Depending on species, prairie plants can use less water and can provide a long display of color....

Naturalized Garden Areas

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 21, 2014

A naturalized garden area in the yard can satisfy a variety of goals, but it often takes a different way of thinking about a yard. Border areas make good...

Accessible Gardens for Persons with Disabilities

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 20, 2014

Accessible gardens for persons with disabilities are designed to provide access to gardening activities or simply provide a garden experience for persons of...

Water-Wise Herb Gardening

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 18, 2014

Water-wise herb gardening begins with an understanding of which commonly planted herbs are drought tolerant. Many water wise herbs commonly used in the...

Parking Strips: A Unique Design Concept

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 13, 2014

Turn this into something beautiful. Parking strips offer opportunities for unique design concepts.A parking or park strip is a narrow strip of land between...

Parking Strips: Plant Selection

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 13, 2014

Parking strips, the generally long, narrow strips adjacent to the street and sidewalk, can make plant selection more challenging.Wildflower mix in a narrow...

Parking Strips: Water Conserving or Weed Magnet?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 13, 2014

Parking strips can be either water conserving or weed magnets. Parking strips are often "out of sight, out of  mind" for many homeowners, especially in older...

Parking Strips: City Ordinances for Planting Parking Strips

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 13, 2014

Example of a diversely planted but well maintained parking strip. photo credit: edgeplot, Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0An ordinance is a local law enacted by a...

Transition Zone Turfgrass Species

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 13, 2014

Transition zones are areas where neither cool nor warm season grasses are completely adapted. Summers tend to be too hot for cool season turfgrasses to do...

Selecting Appropriate Turfgrass Species

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 11, 2014

Turf grass species and maintenance for Florida Video source: Your Florida Lawn - North Florida LawnsSomewhat water-wise turfgrasses, such as Zoysia, can...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri also Oenothera lindheimeri)

Mature gaura plant Photo credit: fuzzyjay Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Gaura flowers Photo credit: protoflux Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Evening Primrose Family...

Irrigating the Parking Strip

Irrigating the parking strip (also called a park strip) is often a challenge.  Parking strips are often long and narrow and in some cases irregular in...

Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 11, 2014

Young Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar feeding on a dill flower Photo credit: CameliaTWU Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Feathery dill leaves Photo credit:...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 06, 2014

Bee feeds on Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris clandonensis) flower Photo credit: rweithorn Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Caryopteris clandonensis...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 12, 2013

Trailing nasturtiums in a large outdoor pot Photo credit: Susan BufflerNasturtium (Tropaeolaceae)  Nasturtium Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is an annual...

Wildflower Gardens and Water Conservation

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 10, 2013

A wildflower is a non-cultivated flower growing naturally in the landscape.  Wildflower gardens may consist of native or non-native plants that have...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Bee feeding on rosemary flower Photo credit: Automania Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  Mature Rosemary shrub Photo credit: cliff1066  Flickr CC BY 2.0Mint...

Herbs for the Pollinator Garden: Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Bee feasting on oregano flowers Photo credit: Tracy_dw Flickr CC BY-NC-2.0Mint Family (Lamiaceae / Labiaceae) (European) Oregano Greek oregano Turkish...

Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Cilantro / Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Syrphid fly feeding on coriander (cilantro) flower Photo source: Mumm's Musings blogFreshly picked cilantro leaves Photo credit: Michelle Dyer...

Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Borage (Borago officianalis)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

A bee gathers nectar from a borage flower Photo credit: RC Designer Flickr CC BY 2.0Cluster of blue and purple borage flowers Photo credit: Rachel...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Bee visiting Russian sage Photo credit: Jason Means Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Russian sage plant Photo credit: luvlymikimoto Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Mint...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa Pursh)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Bee visiting Shrubby cinquefoil Photo credit: tuxbrother Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Shrubby cinquefoil flowers and foliage Photo credit: J. N. Stuart...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Valerian Family (Valerianaceae)Jupiter's beard, Red valerian, Keys of HeavenNote: This plant can become a nuisance in the garden. Clip (deadhead) flowers...

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