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Create a Stunning Garden with Conifers: Tips and Tricks for Color, Shape and Perspective

                      Conifers can give you a tidy and structured garden with shapes ranging from flat to round, conical, pencil-shape, pyramidal, and so on. They can also change colour with the seasons. Note the vivid colour  and distinctive shapes in the pictures below.  With conifers you can get all sorts of different combinations of colour, shape and perspective.

 A couple of useful tips when starting a new garden:
If your budget allows…buy two or three Super-Advanced specimens to give focal points and draw the eye.
To give the illusion of a mature garden, use Potted Colour to fill the bare spots. Petunias in particular are  good value because they grow very fast and can be harshly pruned before their initial flowering period has finished, and away  they go again! Another flowering period…You could say two for the price of one! Also, don’t be afraid to use a lot of white in the garden. White will lift the colour in the rest of your plantings.

A nice Pool Surround

nice pool surround

Organise what your needs and wants are: Do you need a play area for your kids?
Are you after beauty or function. In other words, do you want your yard to
busy beelook pretty, or do you just want to grow vegetables? Do some rough sketches of possible Layouts…where you     think everything should go. And then bounce ideas around with your family.

Sometimes it’s nice to have perfume in your garden, particularly near entries and exits… Think Gardenia, Lavender, Murraya or Herbs for the kitchen.  Consider flowering periods: Summer, Winter, All year. And don’t buy some cute little plant when you visit a nursery just because it has a pretty flower. That will only last three weeks or so…what about the rest of the year!

You can choose your plants according to foliage color which can vary according to the seasons..Conifers are a good example. Apart from a striking variation in available colours (without flowers!!), the colour can vary according to the season.
In spite of their beauty however, many conifers are not suited to Queensland’s climate and humidity, and need care to protect them from pests like Thrips. A lot of them need that cold period of dormancy in Winter to prepare them for the growing season from Spring onwards.

   garden creatures IMPORTANT…talk to the experts before spending too much money!! Ask PETER WOLFE from Wolfe’s Bobcat Hire for free advice and design ideas

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