Supreme Inground Winter

By · Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Having a garden is one of the surest ways to surround your home with a fundamental element of luxury. But if you want to have a beautiful garden and you face a short- growing season as we have in Calgary, you have to work a little smarter than you make, say, California. With this in mind, here are some tips to help bring out the best in your garden.

The Faster, Better

The growing season in Calgary is relatively short, amounting to about 170 frost free days per year. So whatever the plant, make sure it gets to the point quickly. are fast growing plants the way to go if you want to be surrounded by greenery and flowers this summer.

As beautiful as the day is long

Fortunately, Calgary gardens have a clear advantage when it comes to the growing season. Although there may not be many days of culture, the days are long. In the summer, the sun shines 5:00 a.m.-10 pm with the sunset extends about midnight. In fact, at the height of summer, it never really gets dark for long. While we're on the subject, Calgary is actually one of the most sunny region with an annual average of 2400 hours of sunshine.

Everything's Coming up Roses

It's easy to have a rose garden if we stick to wild roses. Hardy and abundant, the prairie rose makes a great border that blooms early and provides color all season with very little help from you.

Rock On

Rock gardens are a go in Calgary. Use local rocks for best effect – it will look better and cost you nothing. Did I also mention it look better? Fortunately, most plants growing in a traditional rock alpine garden, so will do well in Calgary. Visit the Reader Rock Garden to see a supreme example of how beautiful this type of garden can be.

Turn your face to the sun

Before planting something on the floor, turn your attention skyward. Find out where the sun is going to beat his little patch of paradise and what direction should be first taken into account when planning its garden. A north facing yard call for shade-tolerant plants, while a patio facing south or southwest will absorb the rays. For vegetables, planted in the sun. You'll also want to find elevations and outstanding at the time of site selection, avoiding depressions and low areas that allow pool water.

Everyone knows it's Windy

The first thing you should know about is that the prairies are flat. For gardeners, this means that unless we intervene, there will be days when there is nothing to stop the wind from whipping themselves into a frenzy and make your garden with chill chill. Nothing that is, unless you create a barrier against the wind, you should do. Windbreaks stop the wind from the decrease in temperature in the property that is good for the garden, good for your home and good for you. Barriers are the fastest way to enjoy the benefits of a windbreak and open fences (picket style) will always do better than solid fences just seem to make the most furious winds.

Satisfy your soul in drought

Even if you can stand outside to water your lawn every day to make it green, hopefully you have better things to do with their time. In addition, is always wise to accept things for what they are and the weather is dry Calgary. Choose drought tolerant grasses and ground cover. Save money on your water bill. Being at peace.

Chance of a snowball

Your garden, your yard and your opinion are not only frost to frost. Give your garden and your family the full benefit the seasons of the year, making this space a fun and beautiful all year round. Planting trees and shrubs that not only survive the winter, but will color and interest. There is nothing nicer than red berries contrasting with the white snow in February. Evergreens and conifers are another classic choice. Pay attention to the forms and shapes when you are planning your winter garden. There is nothing more delicious challenging to kill time in the bath when the thermometer has dropped well below zero. Saunas, jacuzzis fireplaces heated door and make the cold months a little warmer and open up a world of possibilities when it comes to parts of winter. If you have children (or not) you may also want to consider allowing space for a backyard rink. Forget the canvas and flooding if you want to go this route. There are some great portable rinks on the market right now that is sufficient to unwind and filled with a season of ice skating fun times.

And finally, if you're really serious about how to turn your home patio in Calgary wonderland abundant, there are some great books that deal specifically with gardens in our area the climate and plants that do well here. Society Calgary Horticultural is also a fantastic resource for local green thumbs.

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