Flowers

Flowers an Easy Addition to Any Garden

To the beginning gardener, the concept of planting flowers is exciting but overwhelming. There are so many types, so many different planting periods, so much to consider. Walking into a nursery can make your head swim.

The first thing that's important to remember as you head to a home improvement garden section or a nursery, is the employees are experts at gardening. They can help you pick the right flowers for the different areas of your home, give you some basic tips about how to care for different flowers and suggest the best flowers for your climate and how much time you want to invest in taking care of your them. But before you go in, you might want to arm yourself with some basic knowledge.

Perennial Flowers vs. Annual Flowers

Edible Arrangements Provide the Decoration AND the Snack

If you're looking for a showstopper table centerpiece for your next party, look no further than the unusual and head-turning Edible Arrangement. It will surely stop your guests in their tracks, generate conversation and add some yummy munchies to the proceedings.

Edible Arrangements, a company started in 1999 in East Haven, Ct., specializes in taking standard fruits and turning them into beautiful works of art that can easily grace any table from the picnic at the park to an elegant Christmas buffet.

How'd they Think of That?

Calla Lilies Add Charm, Elegance To Yard

The South African Calla Lily is primarily known as a floral flower and is one of the most popular stems for bridal bouquets. Thanks to its popularity during the Art Deco period, many of us see a single white stem as a symbol of pure beauty. But this elegant flower is easy to grow, hardy, and happy in just about any yard.

Although the white Calla Lily is the most popular, the Calla comes in many other varieties. Most popular are the salmon-colored Cameo, the bright yellow Golden, and the pink Superba. A bouquet of multi-colored Calla Lilies arranged in a vase in a country kitchen changes the flower's disposition from all-white elegance to bright cheerfulness.

Planting Calla Lilies

Flower Power

Fresh flowers in your house will give it a healthy, clean, and bright look, without spending a fortune.

If you have the money, you can add a professional arrangement full of exotic flowers to a room in your home.

However, if you'd rather splurge on other things, then you can always go for a cheaper flower. The important thing is that they're fresh, healthy, and in warm colors.

Affordable fresh cut flowers include:

    Carnations
    Daisies
    Pompons
    Irises
    Freesia
    Asters

Consider having the colors not only match the room, but the season.

Landscapers

Landscapers play a crucial role in making a house a home. Landscapers are so much more than just groundskeepers- they are hired quite often by real estate companies to improve the look of homes that are on the market. This not only brightens up the property, but also raises the value.

A landscaper will design or redesign gardens in homes of all social levels. She will keep colors flowing and flowers blooming to bring harmony to a weary homeowner.

Although it is a service that is offered by some landscapers, it is not their usual responsibility to do maintenance and upkeep of the landscape they have designed. Often the homeowner will retain the services of the landscaper to assure continued beauty.