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What you need to know before purchasing garden plants

This post is for you who dream of your winter garden but don’t know where to start, what plant to buy, where to put it and especially… .how to take care! Rhymes aside, I tell you just one thing: NOW GO! Come with me and learn all about  garden plants .

Setting up a garden at home, whatever it may be, is a simpler task than you might think. According to the principles of Feng Shui (ancient method of Chinese origin, to organize environments and attract good energy), the arrangement of garden and flower pots around the house can influence the well-being of the residents of the residence. Each house has its energy point corresponding to the sectors of life (such as love and work) and the major challenge for each resident is to promote harmony between them in all environments.

Many studies reveal that living with plants provides pleasure, reduces stress and considerably improves quality of life. In a way, I claim that plants have their particular powers and not only filter the air, but all the energy in the environment. That is why, dear friends, the choice of garden plants is essential for the success of your residential emotions, which leads us to believe that the correct choice of them will also activate certain areas of their lives… I already talked about this in the post about decoration for winter gardens, and how much plants are appreciated in environments such as the kitchen, for example, which unanimously concentrates energies (both from people and food, which are roughly our energetic source). Bathrooms are also places that accumulate energy, especially the heavy ones that can be minimized through the violets and succulents. In short: for each place, a specific plant.

Knowledge aside (because here we love to talk), we have produced a guide that will help you in creating your garden. At that time of the championship, I already convinced you of the importance of cultivating a portion of nature within our home. Here is a practical guide, with useful tips to even boost energies and neutralize others. Follow!

Tip 01 – Find the place for your garden

Starting with the species of garden plants that you like best, you must also find out how they behave in the light. Some garden plants demand more luminosity than others, and see that I mentioned “luminosity” which is different from sun, heat… Others, in turn, prefer shade and ventilation only.

When it comes to winter garden (check out the post on winter garden decoration that has everything there!), Popular that only they, have already occupied a reserved space in the projects of the residences. There are those who disagree, but as part of the decoration, the winter garden has the potential to add life to the environment and, therefore, we must choose the right species to favor it. But when it comes to residences devoid of spaces intended for gardens, some adaptations are necessary and, mainly, the correct choice of location. Improvisation works quite well under stairs, in entrance halls, in that ugly corridor that faces your window or door, balconies in case of apartments…

winter Garden
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winter Garden
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winter garden in the bathroom
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winter garden in the bathroom
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In addition to discovering how garden plants will behave in the face of sun, light and shade, it is also necessary to take into account their maintenance, watering, pruning which, despite understanding aesthetics and care, demand accessibility to perform such functions. That is why choosing the right place is essential!

In cases of external gardens it becomes easier. In spite of allowing other types of plants, with more varied sizes, the places should also be chosen due to the characteristics of each plant, whether they are floor or vases, in order to enhance walls, entrances, lawns … External areas allow lighting projects on the gardens, which further enhances your residence!

Tip 02 – Outdoor garden

Working in an external garden requires some care, even greater than the internal gardens. All this because the external gardens, as I mentioned briefly earlier, will be the supporting elements of your facade, if not the protagonists. A well-designed facade does not need much decoration, but there are cases in which the renovation, architecture or landscaping project obviously manages to make all the difference. One coat more, one less and a garden! Pan!

I usually work with residential landscaping and I realize how important this work is. And I say more, a renovated facade, mainly with a garden, can be valued up to 20%. Other than that, visually saying as a woman, consumer and also as an architect, a well-arranged garden with correct species brings another meaning to the residence. I have already followed residential projects that are totally “dry”, of a high standard and lifeless that have gained meaning after the front garden. A thump certainly, but it proves how much one work complements the other and how much a garden transforms a house.

But which plants are ideal for my outdoor garden?

As I said before, each plant has its needs regarding sun and shade. That information still fits in that case, so, notice the solar incidence in the desired location and from then on, choose your species.

Buchinho

Super popular, buchinho values ​​entries when in pots, stairs when on the floor and central beds together with other garden plants. As it is a plant that grows a lot, pay attention to regular pruning to keep it always round. It is a plant that demands sun daily and directly to keep its green leaves, otherwise, they yellow and fall off.

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Bamboo – Mossô

I’m suspicious, but I love this plant! Delicate that only she adds elegance to the facades. Mosso bamboo can be grown both inside and outside your home. The height of the mossô bamboo reaches 10 meters and to obtain a smaller plant, human hands are needed to flex the stem and thus reduce its size. The sculptural appearance is not born with it.

They are garden plants that demand full sun, and if they are grown indoors, it is ideal that they are placed near windows and doors for continuous ventilation.

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Agave

Agave is as popular as buchinho. They are great garden plants for decorating house facades and are also found in winter gardens, associated with white stones and gravel.

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Agaves belong to the succulent and cactus family, and do not need watering frequently because they are very resistant to cold and heat. They are part of the range of plants for efficient, functional gardens that do not require frequent care like the others.

agave
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Estrelicia

Estrelicia is a herbaceous plant, which grows to about 1.20 meters in height, has hard, large leaves with long stems. It is much appreciated for its beauty that is exalted with the appearance of orange and blue flowers.

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The small size allows to be associated with the buchinho and the double values ​​spaces, be they internal or external. See this entry highly valued by the stars.

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Cica

Cicas are the oldest plants in the world and are just not more popular than buchinho. They are garden plants that are very similar to palm trees, but with very small sizes. They give elegance to the gardens in which they are inserted and value company entrances, condominiums, which can be grown in large ceramic pots or on the floor itself.

Although smaller than palm trees, the cycads are not suitable for small gardens because their crown has a diameter of up to 2 meters.

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cica
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Tip 03 – Can I use flowers in my garden?

Must !! Flowers are closely related to aesthetics and the same, closely related to the variety and quality of the flowers that are found there. I separated here 8 examples of flowers available to compose beautiful and cheerful gardens. Pay attention only to the flowering period of the plants, as some bloom throughout the year, others from season to season.

Climbing Rose

From grandma’s time, they are fragrant flowers that are widely used in the decoration of pergolas, as they fall and create beautiful and delicate effects. They have constant flowering, are resistant to pests and have a preference for moist and well-drained soil, where fertilization should be preferably in the spring. It can reach up to 10 meters in height, so it can be planted on terraces and pergolas, to fall or cover …

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Foxglove

An exotic species that deserves attention due to the design of its flowers and delicacy. It is that little flower known as “bell” precisely because of its shape.

It can be grown as a medicinal plant because it contains beneficial properties in the control of arrhythmia or heart failure. On the other hand, its exotic beauty guarantees its frequent use for decoration, being found in pink and white colors. Although widely used in medicine, the components of this plant can be toxic, so be careful when handling it.

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Carnation

For cloves reserve a moist, well-drained soil or in ceramic pots for specific cultivation. It presents a silvery foliage with fluorescent rose, with a strong and burning perfume, composing the group of the most used plants in gardens.

It blooms in the spring, requires a lot of sun and reaches a maximum of 20 cm in height.

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Phlox

The phlox is a plant about 30 cm high and has dense foliage, soft green leaves. Its flowers have different shapes and colors ranging from white, blue, purple, red and pink, and it is still possible to find some mixtures between these colors. It draws a lot of attention due to its colors and wins over landscapers and gardeners due to the ease of cultivation. It has the gift of completely transforming an external space, but it behaves very well in decorative ceramic or clay vases and in flower beds.

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Viburnum

This plant is a type of shrub that is especially beautiful on boundary walls and demarcating paths. Very complete and versatile, viburnum boasts white and fragrant flowers during the spring, maintaining its dark green foliage throughout the rest of the year. It does well on humid soils too and needs a lot of sun daily. It reaches 1.80m in height.

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Peony Karl Rosenfeld

You have certainly seen it, but you never thought it would be called that difficult, right? A plant of rare beauty, traditionally known for its large pink and red flowers. It has a unique aroma and its flowering always happens in spring. Unlike all of those I mentioned earlier, this plant needs shade.

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Astilbe

Delicate that only she, the astilbe composes beautiful gardens due to its dense foliage and flowers at the top, looking like plumes. They are found in different colors, white, pink, purple … They need moist soil to grow showy and their exuberance needs shady places.

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Lilac Asessippi

With a shrub profile and large dimensions, the plant has a lavender fragrance, with refreshing notes and its flowering period happens during the spring. It needs very well fertilized soil so that the plant can grow properly. It can reach up to 12 meters in height.

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Finally, whatever your desire in relation to the gardens, you must always take into consideration what you want. The correct choice of the implantation site is fundamental for the survival of the chosen species, which, should be considered from their characteristics and mainly, through their functions, as I said at the beginning of the post.

I hope you enjoyed it and keep waiting for you for the next post!

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15 Gardens For You To Make In Narrow Aisles

Most people would like to have a garden at home to be close to nature and relax enjoying its beauty. But not everyone has room for that. Sometimes, there is only a narrow corridor available.

The good news is that it is possible to make this corridor a small garden. Among the alternatives are hanging gardens, vertical gardens and narrow flower beds with all kinds of plants and flowers, as well as varied designs.

To prove that the result can be incredible, this book of ideas brings you 15 landscaping models for corridor and narrow garden areas. You will be in the mood to create yours immediately. Check out!

1. Landscaping for corridor with vertical garden

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A corridor or narrow area is a perfect place for vertical gardens, as they save space. In the image above, the corridor at the entrance to the house gained color in the structure and life with the plants arranged in flower beds superimposed on the wall. 

2. Corridor with plants forming a hanging garden

Another possibility that does not occupy the passage area is to create a garden suspended in a wooden structure, like a pergola. All pergola pathways can receive pots with varied plants, especially plants that grow downward. On the walls it is possible to hang cachepots with more small species, making the environment very pleasant and welcoming. 

3. Narrow aisle with suspended sideboard

The garden can also be composed of several pots arranged on a sideboard suspended at half height. In the image above, the iron furniture worked with glass top created a romantic atmosphere. The small clay pots were also painted and placed on top of the wall. 

4. Long, narrow garden with climbing plants

The green corner in a narrow place and outdoors can be obtained by planting a vine, which must have a wooden structure as a support. Some vines are flowery and leave the place charming.

5. Potted garden on the balcony

Your small garden can also be concentrated on old furniture that is not in use, such as a desk. The pots form a delicate composition and are still easy to water. Other vessels can be arranged under the cabinet to fill the view. 

6. Vertical garden in a ready and discreet structure

The vertical garden is very versatile, as it can come in the most different formats and receive varied plants. The vase model in the image above is white, highlighting the green of the plants, and in a sinuous shape, which creates a movement in space. It is a lightweight model that you can buy ready-made, just needing to install it on the wall with practicality.

7. Garden in the corridor to the garage with cacti

An interesting garden can be made in a narrow corridor with several cacti of different sizes, colors and species. They just need a small flowerbed with earth and stones to create this modern look and full of personality. 

8. Landscaping in side corridor

If the side access corridor to the house is not that narrow, the garden can be created on both sides of the area. In the image above, the garden is discreet, with only bushes and low trees, in addition to the lawn that highlights the path.

9. Facade with flowery edge

A good idea is also to create a narrow flower bed on the facade, planting small, colorful flowers that will give the space a cheerful air. They may be accompanied by other small plants, such as the elongated green leaf moray used in the image above. 

10. Landscaping for hallway occupying the entire wall

If you choose the vertical garden, you can create a model that covers the entire wall or part of the height of the wall, extending along its entire length. In that case, you can play with the colors of the plants, as shown in the image above.

11. Corridor with discreet plants and lawn

Sometimes, just a very green lawn and discreet and delicate plants are enough to light up your corridor. The ideal is to place a concrete, stone or other resistant material in the center of it to protect the grass.

12. Corridor of flowers and small palms at the entrance

A more traditional style bed can be adapted to a reduced space and receive varied plants and flowers, depending on the light and humidity conditions of the place. It is certainly a solution that will bring a lot of life to the entrance of your home. 

13. Narrow garden with palm trees

If the corridor is narrow but has a corner, this can be the place for a little garden. There may not be enough space for leafy plants, but there is a wide variety of small plants that can be grown there. 

14. Concrete and gravel site

A masonry bed finished in stones can be a good solution for your entrance hall. In this model of the image, the little bouquets, mini palms and other small species were used as finishing.

15. Mobile flower beds

Finally, another very interesting idea for a narrow corridor is to set up mobile beds, which can be arranged in many ways and taken to other places. In the image above, these beds are square wooden boxes with flowers. 

Best plants for a garden in the corridor

The types of plants to choose will depend on whether your garden will be on the ground or suspended, how much space it has and whether they will be in the sun or in the leftover. It is important that you choose plants with similar needs when placing them to share the same space. Here are some great options.

Cacti

As you have seen in some models above, cacti can be of varying sizes. But the main feature is that they can stay in the sun all day, except for specific types, and need little watering.

Succulents

Like cacti, succulents need less watering, as they store water inside. As there are also many types, you can use them both in small and walled gardens, as well as in larger, floor-standing spaces. Also by harmonizing them with cacti that are also succulent.

Saint-jorge’s sword

This plant with elongated sword-shaped leaves is beautiful to have in a hallway garden that stays on the ground. Especially the narrowest garden models, because when they are placed next to each other, they were an organized row that perfectly fills the space.

Dasilírio

This plant is in the style of the St. George’s sword, with even more elongated leaves, so it takes up more space. It is ideal for floor planters in a not-so-narrow space.

Mini palm trees

Palm trees come in a variety of sizes, including those that remain quite low in adulthood. These are great for composing a landscaping for a corridor that is not so narrow, because even though they are small, they need more space to take root.

Ivy

Ivy is one of the most famous vines. It grows very fast and is ideal for covering walls or trusses on the sides of the house.

Clúsia

This beautiful plant is a type of shrub with small, round, drop-shaped leaves. It is widely used for hedges, so you can fill an entire corridor bed with it. The plant adapts well to varied climates, but needs good watering.

Zamioculca

This type of plant is great to have in medium-sized pots. It has lush green leaves that grow on very beautiful upright branches. Perfect for mobile planters or pots. 

7 Creative Ideas For Your Backyard Walls

You probably never thought that your backyard walls could be a panel of original decorating ideas.

We are so used to the known that we don’t even imagine that something different could make the environment cooler and more fun. The walls can give a degree of personalization, which we notice even more in the outdoor spaces. Be amazed by this book of ideas and get inspired to decorate the walls of your yard.

1. Bamboo

Make your backyard wall smooth and white and add bamboo vertically to decorate it.

We cannot deny that planters are resources to make nature integrate with the backyard decoration in an original and organized way.

2. Trees

As you can see, the vegetation is a great ally that will help you bring the walls of the yard to life. In this case, you must be sure to find trees that grow quickly and can create your green wall, which will bring movement and joy to the walls.

3. Stone texture

As you become aware of the task you are doing, you will see how rewarding it is to work on decorating the yard. You can explore different textures to make the walls look more interesting and cozy.

The stones, with their texture, will give a spectacular movement and dynamism to the wall.

4. Vertical garden

As you saw in other previous articles,  vertical gardens are on the rise. There is an increasing tendency to let the magic of green cover the walls.

For small yards, to give volume and thickness, nothing better than giving freedom to climbing plants to adorn the space.

5. Volume

The backyard walls are like blank sheets that want your decorating ideas. For that, another recommendation would be to place concrete planters covered in stone that play with volume and asymmetry to appear more interesting.

The backyard walls are like blank sheets that want your decorating ideas. For that, another recommendation would be to place concrete planters covered in stone that play with volume and asymmetry to appear more interesting.

6. Lights

Not only will the textures and volumes cause the walls of your garden to change completely, but the lighting will also play an important role, especially in the night appearance. So, never neglect the lights and chandeliers you decide to put in this environment.

7. Water

The last suggestion for any wall in your yard is to bring the dynamism of the water as a resource for decoration. The intervention of this natural element brings not only visual benefits, but also a lot of calm and relaxation to the environment.

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10 garden styles you need to know

From classics to the most modern: discover the main garden styles!

Bringing nature into the residence and providing well-being to residents: this is one of the roles of home gardens . These spaces, internal or external, have existed since antiquity and differ in terms of colors, textures, shapes and measures. Discover the main styles of gardens and check out a selection of inspiring projects.

In Europe, it is very common to find classic gardens, which value carefully pruned trees, water fountains, statues and flower beds that flower in the spring. However, there are also other types of landscaping that are gaining strength in outdoor areas with modern configurations.

Main styles of gardens to know and fall in love with

Before setting up a garden project, you need to know the main styles to find good references. Look:

1 – English garden

The English garden can be defined as an “organized mess”. It values ​​an organic composition and brings together several elements to compose the natural scenarios. Many plant species are cultivated in space, but without using topiary techniques (art of ornamental pruning). Asymmetry is a striking feature of the style, as well as the presence of water mirrors.

2 – French garden

Have you ever visited the Palace of Versailles? Well, know that the landscaping, created by King Louis XIV, perfectly portrays the proposal of this style. French gardens have many paths and flower beds, not to mention architectural elements. The bushes, properly pruned, share space with benches, sculptures, colonnades, and lakes. Maintenance is strict and constant.

3 – Italian garden

It has a concept similar to the French garden, only less rigid and more poetic. In addition to having decorative statues, water fountains and various types of flowers, the environment also has many fruit trees and ceramic vases.

4 – Japanese garden

The Japanese garden values ​​natural landscapes, without giving up artistic practice. The environment, marked by tranquility, mixes a series of elements that refer to Japanese culture. There are many stones, bamboo, bonsai, ponds, carp, fountains and pruned plants.

5 – Arid garden

In the arid garden, you will not find a green and well-trimmed lawn. In fact, the environment is rocky, with many succulent plants, cacti, and xerophytic plants. Instead of grass, the soil usually has a layer of sand and stones. The vegetation looks static, does not require constant watering or pruning.

6 – Indian garden

The Indian garden is perfect for meditating or spending moments of tranquility with the family. Despite having plants and lakes, he usually highlights architectural constructions that are also part of the space. Kate Koranti, Indian Caper, Gardenia and Lotus are some suggestions of plants to enrich the landscaping.

7 – Colonial garden

The colonial garden has to do with the period when Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese. The environment reflects a strong European influence, but takes into account the local vegetation. Stones, woods, benches and fountains help compose the landscaping. The garden can also bring out the charming atmosphere of the old coffee farms.

8 – Tropical garden

In addition to enhancing native plants, the tropical style has a much more informal proposal than French and Italian gardens. The vegetation bets on palm trees, ferns, ribs of adam, dracaena, bromeliads, and many other plants that adapt well to the hot climate. The vivid colors are present in the space, as well as the mixture of natural materials and textures, such as stones, bamboo, and wicker. Benches, vases, and pergolas are welcome, as long as they do not interfere with the relaxed essence.

9 – Contemporary garden

Contemporary gardens are spaces that adapt to modern life. They are easy to maintain, have very few ornamental details and value modern elements (which go beyond lakes and sculptures). It is possible to include furniture, swimming pools, jacuzzis, umbrellas, wooden decks, sports courts and many other elements capable of creating pleasant corners. Lighting also plays an important role, after all, it creates highlights.

10 – Sensory garden

Providing a new experience for children, the elderly and the disabled: this is the proposal of the sensorial garden. With its countless colors, textures and perfumes, the space seeks to stimulate the human senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste) and provoke different sensations. It’s a show of accessibility!

Did you like to know the styles of gardens? What’s your favorite? Leave a comment.

Winter garden: your greenest home

To optimize the space inside homes and offices, the winter garden appears as a sustainable option combined with a functional decoration inside the environment

In Brazil, the winter garden culture still does not have as much adherence as in other countries around the world, because the climate of our country is, above all, favorable for external gardens. However, there is an increasing tendency to bring this green environment into the interior of houses and apartments.

One of the reasons for this trend is due to the size of the land, which is getting smaller and smaller, not allowing the creation of large gardens and making property owners choose to grow them inside their own home. Something that also contributes to increase the interior lighting and bring natural ventilation to the environments of the residence.

In addition, another reason to have a conservatory is the security and privacy it offers to the space, also prioritizing the landscape inside the residence. Thus, instead of building a house with the garden in the background, the architects and landscapers design the residences integrated into the garden, bringing this previously external area into the interior.

But before choosing which species of plants will be in your winter garden, you need to keep in mind what the characteristics of the place where the garden will be installed. Depending on the natural lighting of the environment and the specifics of the plant, the garden may be in the shade of the stairs, or next to the window, on a balcony or under the lighting of a skylight, transparent tiles and large windows.  

Plant species for bright environments

In the case of gardens with greater exposure to the sun, succulents are the most recommended plants, thanks to their easy maintenance and care. They belong to the family of cacti, that is, they have characteristics similar to those of cacti, such as the ability to reserve liquid inside their leaves, which makes them thicker. However, unlike cacti, succulents do not have thorns.

It is important to keep succulents close to windows, where there is plenty of sunlight. Generally, in winter garden designs, this species is grown on vertical panels, or in pots.

In addition to the succulents, also check out other plants ideal for bright spaces: 

  • Jade ( Crassula ovata)
  • Golden carpet (Sedum acre)
  • Dedinho-de-moça (Sedum burrito)
  • Baby Echevaria (Echeveria derenbergii)
  • Aortia (Haworthia cuspidata)

The assessment of a landscaper or architect for each case is an important detail as there are several important requirements to be considered when choosing the species to be used for your project.                  

Plant species for shaded environments

If your winter garden receives poor lighting, plants such as Orchids, Violets, Aloe Vera ( Philodendron martianum) and Bromeliad (Guzmania ligulata) can adapt well to half-shade, in places where there is at least indirect luminosity, so they can perform photosynthesis.

 Other species are also recommended for low light environments: 

  • Begonia (Begonia elatior)
  • Philodendron-Brazil (Philodendron cascata)
  • Boa (Remnum pinnatum)
  • Palm-Lequ e (Licuala grandis)
  • Areca Palm ( Dypsis lutescens)
  • São Jorge Spear (Sansevieria cylindrica)

Add-ons for your winter garden

Now that we have shown some options of plants for your winter garden, you also need the other components that can increase this space: like stones (pebbles) or gravel, sand and other gravel. In addition, supports such as vases and other accessories can also be part of your landscape design. 

For homes, condominiums, companies, and even apartments, there is no lack of reasons to invest in a winter garden and hire a landscaper for your project.

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Green roof with a sustainable garden adds environmental comfort to the house, see!

Instead of using traditional roofs, the roof of this house is green (with vegetation). The great advantage of the green roof is that it adds thermal comfort, well-being, pleasant appearance, in addition to absorbing rainwater. The architect Angela Bohrer and this blogger who writes you have designed these green roofs for the house. On the concrete slab, a garden was created where spices, fruit, and native plants are cultivated that attract hummingbirds. Space was transformed into a green area that, if paved, would be arid and lifeless.

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The garden was planned during the house design stage. This was essential for the final weight, when the shrubs were already grown, to be foreseen in the structural design. The waterproofing of the concrete slab, the trim, and the draining of the terraces are fundamental for the success of the suspended garden. The grass, the perfumes, and the spices created a cozy atmosphere for the house.

green roof with home garden

In the sequence of photos below we have the step by step of the execution of the garden: the placement of the bidim on the gravel, the substrate and the ready garden, some months after implanted. All of this work was possible thanks to the projects of engineers and architects and their technical support. The team of professionals formed by Architect Angela Bohrer, the team of engineers from Appel Engenharia, captained by eng. Paulo Appel, structural engineer Claudia Kusiack planned and executed the residence with the green roof. The green roof was planned and executed by eng. agronomist Helena Schanzer and, before the house was completed, the gardens were ready. The planting team was Eng. Agricola Egon Zoar.

Home garden with green roof - steps

The photo terrace is 3 meters above the ground and is over the garage of the house. On the green roof, the product used as “soil” was made with organic compost and eucalyptus bark. This organic compound, also called organic fertilizer, results from the treatment of organic waste from the cellulose manufacturing process. This substrate guarantees perfect drainage, density, and permeability for the garden to function, as it retains water in the right measure for the vegetation and is not soaked. The green roof system creates a “sponge” for the absorption of rainwater and rainwater, which is collected for a system to be reused for irrigation.

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Home garden with green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer

Home garden with green roof

Apartment terrace turns into garden with creative solutions

The design and execution of a garden with creative solutions have transformed an apartment terrace into a pleasant leisure and rest area. The owner was looking for a place where she arrived from work, could relax, have contact with nature and plants. The agronomist who writes this blog created the green area. Today, she has a  garden made of pots of different sizes. In this space, trees such as pitangueira and lemon trees are cultivated, as well as jasmine, lavender, arugula, strawberries, and spices.

Garden terrace, whirlpool.  Ecotelhado © on the tiles

The architect Regina Albuquerque e Souza designed the apartment and the external area. He created a corner with hydromassage where you can contemplate the stars. I planned the vegetation, the pots, and the substrates to set the terrace. And the client gave her personal touch with the choice of materials, colors, styles, and decorative objects. Lighting with Led lamps was essential to give the touch and use the area at night. On the roof of the room, “ Ecotelhado © ” was placed to humanize the environment and improve thermal and visual comfort.

Discover the garden of a penthouse apartment with gourmet balcony

The apartment roof garden with a gourmet balcony has several utilitarian species planted. Various spices, vegetables, and fruit are at the disposal of the chef cooking. Fruit trees such as bergamoteira, lemon, lychee, orange from japan, and climbing plants such as vine and jasmine were planted in pots on the balconies and on the roof of the apartment. The vegetation recently planted this month frames the view of the city ​​of Porto Alegre. In the spring the garden will be lush, with the plants already more developed.

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The architects Anne Bryk and Bibiana Fiterman Costa made the architectural design of the interior of the apartment and the roof leaving all very versatile, cozy, and charming. The architects designed and executed the wooden deck with the swimming pool, whose design includes a sofa and steps that you can sit on. After installing the deck, the architects and the client contacted me to create the garden. Then, after visiting the florist with the client, preparing the landscaping project, and meeting with the client, the garden was planted in 1 day. The team that carried out the planting was agricultural engineer Egon Zounar. The corner of the living room was surrounded by vegetation in pots and flower boxes. With plants of ornamental species such as Bird of Paradise, mandevila, clusia, yellow prawns, cycads, and geraniums space was created to receive friends and take a bath in the pool. Want to know how to plant? see here the step by step to plant a pot with lemon and spices.

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The vases are plastic, durable, light and beautiful . They were chosen in brown to match the wooden deck.

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The architects created a vertical garden with a wooden panel and incorporated the doghouse . The doghouse has a green roof with spices, see photos below. In the gourmet garden we have pepper, thyme, mint, sage, chives, tomatoes, basil, oregano, marjoram, lemongrass and melissa.

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A piece of helpful equipment for Gardening.

Garden Technology Overview

Even a small plot of land requires care. Cutting the grass, processing the trees, preparing the land for planting – all this takes precious time. And so it turns out that in the country we work more than relax. Yes, in the end, the plot looks great, but we don’t have time to enjoy it – there are still so many things to do when they finally take up …

Gardening equipment can simplify maintenance work on the garden and the garden, and as a result, save time. Your site will look just as wonderful, but at the same time you will have free minutes in which you can sit in the gazebo, have tea, swim in the pool or go to the river, lie in a hammock and much more. Gardening equipment can become a faithful assistant for any gardener.

What exactly are the aggregates of the term “gardening equipment”?

Today, in the days of the development of technological progress, technology has penetrated into all spheres of human activity. Caring for the garden is no exception. Over the past 20 years, a lot of different devices for working on a personal plot have appeared on the Russian market. Consider the main ones – those that are recommended for each gardener.

Cultivators. Perhaps, let’s start with them, since soil-related work is labor-intensive. In most cases, cultivators are simple and lightweight (no more than 50 kg) gardening machines designed for creating beds, cultivating and cultivating. Also on the market are manual mini-cultivators that allow earthworks in greenhouses and greenhouses with limited space.

Distinguish cultivatorsgasoline and electric . Each species has its advantages and disadvantages. Electrical are more economical and environmentally friendly, but are characterized by the presence of wire and the insecurity of electric current. Gasoline cultivators are somewhat more complicated than electric ones, for them you need to buy oil and gasoline, but they are not tied to an electrical outlet.

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Monoblocks , in comparison with cultivators, are more complex devices with the ability to attach attachments. In addition to the work carried out by cultivators, walk-behind tractors allow you to mow grass, dig up potatoes, level the soil, remove snow, pump water (for example, to fill containers or irrigation) and even carry goods. Naturally, they cost more, but if you need a versatile machine that can perform the most complex work of caring for the site, then walk-behind tractors are best suited. They differ in weight and power. Monoblocks are mainly produced with 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines and can have several speeds.

Verticutters, lawnmowers , scythes, trimmers. All of these devices are designed for lawn care. A verticutter (or, as it is also called, a scarifier) ​​is intended to help with cleaning the lawn from a layer of last year’s grass, as well as with aeration of the soil. After treating the lawn with this device, free penetration of air, water and fertilizers to the roots of the plants will be ensured, which will positively affect the entire lawn as a whole – the grass will be juicier and thicker. The principle of operation of a verticutter is to pierce the soil with cutting mills, which have an adjustment of the depth of immersion. Lawn mowers , motokosa , trimmers used for mowing and cutting grass. They can be electric, gasoline or mechanical.

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Chain saws – chainsaws and electric saws. The main purpose of chain saws is woodcutting. In a personal plot, they can be used to remove old trees and cut them, as well as to prepare firewood, for example, for a bath or furnace heating of a house. Compared to hand saws, they have a huge advantage – they significantly reduce labor costs and, as a result, accelerate the process.
Chain saws can be electric or gasoline. The advantages of electric saws – they do not emit exhaust gases, which means that you can use electric chain saws indoors. They are also characterized by high environmental friendliness and efficiency in comparison with gasoline saws. Disadvantages of electric saws: the presence of a cord, as a result, limited movement; lack of the ability to work in continuous mode – in order for the saw not to overheat, it is necessary to pause work.

In addition, chain saws are divided into: amateur, semi-professional and professional. The main criterion for this division is the duration of continuous operation, as well as the service life, measured in hours of work.

Brushcutter scissors. Designed to trim shrubs and hedges. The main division of these devices is carried out by the type of knife. It can be one-sided, two-sided, and rod.

The knife of one-sided scissors has teeth on only one side, and therefore can only be used for processing straight sections of shrubs. The knife of bilateral scissors, respectively, has teeth on two sides, such scissors allow you to trim the bushes from all sides. Barbell scissors are characterized in that the knife can be extended if necessary. This feature of rod products provides the ability to shear a hedge at a height without the use of stairs. In addition, brush cutters are divided into providing precise cuts and rough cuts.

Choppers. This type of gardening equipment is intended for grinding branches, outdated plants, leaves, and weeds. After grinding, the resulting mass can be used for compost. Shredders are electric and gasoline. Electric ones are characterized by less power and are able to grind branches of a smaller diameter in comparison with gasoline.

Soil motor drills. The second name is gas drills. As the name implies, they are used for drilling holes in the soil (or in ice). Pits can be used to plant trees or set up posts for fencing. Motor drills give a tangible advantage in the speed of digging holes and labor costs compared to digging with a shovel or other hand tools.

Whatever garden equipment you buy, it is important to remember that only a manufacturer with a good reputation can offer you a really high-quality, functional device that will justify the costs and make work on the garden and cottage site pleasant and easy. We recommend paying special attention to this, and then the purchase will be successful and pleasing.

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Residential Garden: Know the Models and Learn How to Make Yours

The residential garden is responsible for enhancing the external area of ​​the house and even for bringing more sense of well-being to residents. The residential garden can be very colorful full of flowers, or even a simpler one with only foliage, however, to have a beautiful residential garden you must always be attentive to maintenance, and thinking about it, we from Viva Decora team together with Toca Obra we made this post with several tips to have a beautiful residential garden. Check out!

1. To enhance your property invest in a residential garden - Photo: Dcore Você

Types of residential garden

The first thing we need to understand is that there are different types of residential gardens and that each one requires a type of care. So, let’s start this text by talking more about the types of residential gardens so that you can choose the most suitable for your home.

Small residential garden

For those who have little space in the yard or in front of the house the best option is to invest in a small residential garden. It is also possible to make a small residential garden on the side of the house, if you have space, and however small, this type of residential garden can enhance the property and add a charming touch to the residence.

Rustic residential garden

In addition to flowers and plants, one of the main characteristics of the rustic residential garden is due to furniture and decorative objects made of wood, natural fibers, and even details in stone.

Simple residential garden

In the simple residential garden the plants and flowers that are used to set up this garden stand out, and the simple residential garden usually has very little or no furniture or decorative object.

Modern residential garden

The main characteristic of the modern residential garden is due to the maximum use of space creating a garden where people can also enjoy it to relax or even have a family picnic. Therefore, it is common for the modern residential garden to have comfortable furniture and also grassy areas. 

Japanese residential garden

For those looking for a relaxing environment at home, the best option is to invest in a Japanese residential garden that can be decorated with water sources and plants such as pines, azaleas and others.

Residential garden with flowers

For those who cannot do without the cheerful and colorful touch that only a flower can give, the residential garden with flowers cannot be left out. In this case it is important to do a good research to find out which type of flower best suits the space where it will be planted.

2. Choose the residential garden with flowers for a delicate and romantic touch in the house - Photo: Pinterest

How to decorate the residential garden

No matter what type of residential garden you choose, knowing how to decorate it is important to make it look even more beautiful and bring even more sense of well-being. Therefore, we have separated some tips on how to decorate a residential garden so that yours becomes even more special.

Lighting design

A good lighting project is sure to enhance your residential garden. For this you can invest in a clothesline, Chinese lanterns, lamp posts among other options.

3. A good lighting project will make all the difference in the final result of the decoration of your residential garden - Photo: Pinosy
3. A good lighting project will make all the difference in the final result of the decoration of your residential garden – Photo: PinosyPhoto: Viva Decora

Invest in vases

To choose the pots for your residential garden you first need to know which species will be planted in it, as some require larger pots and others require smaller pots. In addition, you can choose vase models that stand out in your garden decor, such as colorful or patterned vases.

Residential garden with stones

Despite being more common in rustic residential gardens, stones can put a special touch on the decoration of all types of garden, as you can use them to finish a flower bed, a path and even totems in garden cases larger residential.

4. Use stones to decorate your residential garden - Photo: Archello
4. Use stones to decorate your residential garden – Photo: Archello

Furniture and decorative objects

To make the most of your residential garden it is very important to invest in furniture such as armchairs, small tables, sun loungers, swings and benches, especially when we talk about residential garden integrated into the gourmet area of ​​the house, but in addition to furniture, decorative objects such as sculptures made in wood, bamboo or natural fibers also guarantee more personality for the decoration of the residential garden.

Water points

Water points can be placed in the residential garden through a small pond or water fountains, and they guarantee more movement for the residential garden, in addition to a greater sense of relaxation. 

5. For a greater sense of relaxation, invest in a water fountain or small pond in your residential garden - Photo: Assetproject
5. For a greater sense of relaxation, invest in a water fountain or small pond in your residential garden – Photo:

How to make a residential garden

Are you thinking about making a residential garden, but don’t even know where to start? Because we have separated some tips on how to make a residential garden that will surely help you. 

Planning

Before you start setting up your home garden it is very important to plan. For this, keep in mind what your expectations are for this garden, if it will be just a decorative part of the outside area of ​​the house or if you want to use it to relax, integrated into your gourmet area or even as a recreational space.

So you need to have in hand all the measures of the environment so that you can delimit space, types of furniture and decorative objects that will be present in your residential garden among other details. 

Types of flowers and plants

To choose the types of flowers and plants that will be planted in your residential garden, you must first know if where the garden will stay will receive a lot of rain, if it is sunny most of the day, or it is totally shaded, in addition, also already keep in mind what style of landscaping you want for the residential garden, more rustic, simple, modern, with flowers, and if possible talk to a professional who can give you more tips on what types of flowers and plants are best for your type of residential garden.

Serra manacá, for example, is a plant widely used in landscape projects, as its roots are not aggressive enough to harm the cultivation of other species in the environment.

6. Talk to a professional to choose the best types of flowers and plants for the residential garden - Photo: Webcomunica
6. Talk to a professional to choose the best types of flowers and plants for the residential garden – Photo: Webcomunica

If you want to include a wooden trellis, for example, you must be aware of the types of plants that adapt to this structure.

Types of grass

No matter what type of home garden you choose, it will surely have grass. However, it is possible to find several types of grass that can be used in your residential garden. For this, it is legal to research what are the characteristics of each one and choose the one that best fits your type of garden.

Maintenance

After your residential garden is fully assembled, maintenance is necessary so that it always looks beautiful with green plants and colorful flowers. A tip is to choose plant and flower species according to your routine, so if you have little time to take care of your garden, choose plants that require less care. 

Also remember that pruning, fertilizing and watering need to be done according to each species, and to help you, you can make a calendar and even put reminders on your calendar to avoid forgetting to care for your garden. 

7. To have a beautiful residential garden, you must pay attention to maintenance - Photo: Pinterest
7. To have a beautiful residential garden, you must pay attention to maintenance – Photo: Pinterest

Garden Without Secrets: Learn To Care For Tostão

The penny, also known as money in penca, is a kind of cover, with very small foliage. If planted in the ground – which is ideal – it will spread widely, becoming low and low. But if it is planted in a pot, it will be like a pendant. The penny should not be wet with too much water, as it can melt. If taken care of, it can last for more than two years. At the Chico Flores store, in Cadeg, in Benfica (at Rua Capitão Félix 110), pot 11 costs R $ 3, and 12, R $ 5. Bowl 21 costs R $ 8 and 32 costs R $ 19.

The plant should be in the shade, in environments with temperatures between 20 degrees and 30 degrees.

It is necessary to fertilize it using the product NPK 10-10-10, generally, every three months.

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Green roof with sustainable garden

adds environmental comfort to the house, see!

Instead of using traditional roofs, the roof of this house is green (with vegetation). The great advantage of the green roof is that it adds thermal comfort, well-being, pleasant appearance, in addition to absorbing rainwater. The architect Angela Bohrer and this blogger who writes you have designed these green roofs for the house. On the concrete slab, a garden was created where spices, fruit and native plants are cultivated that attract hummingbirds. A space was transformed into a green area which, if paved, would be arid and lifeless.

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Garden – green roof in August 2015 – Photo: Helena Schanzer

Garden – green roof in August 2015 – Photo: Helena Schanzer

The garden was planned during the house design stage. This was fundamental so that the final weight, when the shrubs were already grown, were foreseen in the structural design. The waterproofing of the concrete slab, the trim and the draining of the terraces are fundamental for the success of the hanging garden. The grass, perfumes and spices created a cozy atmosphere for the house.

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Home garden with green roof in 2010 – Photo: Helena Schanzer

In the sequence of photos below we have the step by step of the execution of the garden: the placement of the bidim on the gravel, the substrate and the ready garden, some months after implanted. All of this work was possible thanks to the projects of engineers and architects and their technical support. The team of professionals formed by Arch. Angela Bohrer, the team of engineers from Appel Engenharia, captained by eng. Paulo Appel, structural engineer Claudia Kusiack planned and executed the residence with the green roof. The green roof was planned and executed by eng. agronomist Helena Schanzer and, before the house was completed, the gardens were ready. The planting team was Eng. Agricola Egon Zounar.

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Step to put the bidim – Home garden with green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer

The photo terrace is 3 meters above the ground and is over the garage of the house. On the green roof, the product used as “soil” was made with organic compost and eucalyptus bark. This organic compound, also called organic fertilizer, results from the treatment of organic waste from the cellulose manufacturing process. This substrate guarantees perfect drainage, density, and permeability for the garden to function, as it retains water in the right amount for the vegetation and is not soaked. The green roof system creates a “sponge” to absorb rainwater and rainwater, which is collected in a system to be reused for irrigation.

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Laying substrate in the home garden with a green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer
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Home garden with green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer
Home garden with green roof
implantation of a home garden with a green roof – Photo: Helena Schanzer

To know the species of vegetation that are grown on this green roof click here: Lavender, azaleas, pythospores, mint, rosemary, alpine, raspberry, and others.

Types Of Fertilizer: How To Choose

Fertilizers serve to improve the soil and encourage healthy plant growth or maintenance. As a consequence, greener plants and more vivid flowers are obtained with the correct use of the fertilizer.

Different in texture and composition, they can eliminate weeds, control erosion, replenish or prevent loss of nutrients, improve structure or even provide nitrogen and minerals. To choose the right  type of fertilizer  , identify the need for the pot that is inside the house or in the garden.

Types of fertilizer

Fertilizers can be divided into liquid or powder and granulated. The liquids are sold in pots and absorbed more quickly by the plant and, exactly for this reason, they need to be reapplied in a short time. Granules or powder, on the other hand, need water to be absorbed and, therefore, take longer, that is, the  fertilizing time  is longer.

Mineral fertilizer

Available in liquid, powder or granules, this type of fertilizer originates from mineral extraction or oil refining. Quickly absorbed, it is necessary to analyze on the packaging what is its greatest function, according to the most present nutrient.

  • Potassium:  creates resistance against diseases caused by fungi and bacteria;
  • Phosphorus:  helps in plant growth;
Organic fertilizer

Produced through vegetable or animal waste, this type of fertilizer can be made at home, through the decomposition of food. Suitable for large areas, it is responsible for developing microbial flora, which consequently improves soil conditions.

Chemical fertilizer
With nutrients in the necessary amount, the chemical fertilizer accelerates the development of plants and has no smell, that is, it is a great option for pots that decorate the interior of the house.

Garden Without Secrets: Learn To Care For The American Kiss Flower

The American kiss is a shade plant that should receive only the morning sun. Its flowers can be white, pink, orange or red. It should be in environments with natural light, because the artificial leaves it with a brown tone, since it does not do photosynthesis. It blooms twice a year, lasting ten to 20 days each time. In the pot, she lives between 2 and 3 years and measures up to 30cm. At the Chico Flores store, at Cadeg, in Benfica (at Rua Capitão Félix 110), pot 13 costs R $ 3.99. The box with 15 seedlings costs R $ 14, in general.

The American kiss is a tropical plant, suitable for environments with a temperature of around 25ºC.

The plant needs to be watered daily. In pot 13, use about 200ml per day.

The plant must be fertilized every three months, using the NPK 4-14-8 fertilizer.

Garden Without Secrets: Learn To Care For Tostão.

The penny, also known as money in penca, is a kind of cover, with very small foliage. If planted in the ground – which is ideal – it will spread widely, becoming low and low. But if it is planted in a pot, it will be like a pendant. The penny should not be wet with too much water, as it can melt. If taken care of, it can last for more than two years. At the Chico Flores store, in Cadeg, in Benfica (at Rua Capitão Félix 110), pot 11 costs R $ 3, and 12, R $ 5. Bowl 21 costs R $ 8 and 32 costs R $ 19.

The plant should be in the shade, in environments with temperatures between 20 degrees and 30 degrees.

It is necessary to fertilize it using the product NPK 10-10-10, generally, every three months.

Garden Without Secrets: Learn How To Care For Podocarp, A Species Of Pine Tree

Podocarp is a plant very similar to a pine tree. The leaf, however, is different. While the pine tree is velvety, the podocarp tree is smooth, in a dark green tone. It has long durability, and can live more than 50 years, if it is well cared for. The plant grows in the shape of a tree, reaching more than three meters – therefore, it should stay out of the house. At the Chico Flores store, at Cadeg, in Benfica (at Rua Capitão Félix 110), the podocarpo costs between R $ 19 and R $ 39 – value according to the size.

The plant needs to stay out of the house, as it must get enough sun and heat.

It must be watered every day. If it is too hot, water it twice.

It is necessary to fertilize the podocarp using NPK 10-10-10, every three months.

10 Autumn Flowers For Home And Garden Decor

With the fall of temperature in autumn, flowers play an important role in the decoration of the house, to bring warmth and warmth into the home. But for the decoration to fulfill its objectives it is necessary to know the best flowers to decorate the house at this time of the year. Check out our suggestions:

1. Pansy

The delicacy of Amor-Perfeito makes any garden beautiful! The flowers are tiny and have a variety of colors. For them to grow strong, you will need a place with plenty of sunlight, well-fertilized and drained soil. For them to bloom in the colder months, the tip is to sow them between February and March. In these conditions, you will have a “perfect” garden for a long time!

2. Lion’s mouth

Friend of a milder climate, Boca de Leão is ideal for autumn and winter, as it blooms throughout the season, but, if well taken care of, it can last until the beginning of summer, when (technically) the temperature has not yet it’s so high. If where you live has a mild climate, you can moderate cultivating it all year round! In order not to wither, leave them in the sun or in half shade and water regularly, so they will always be beautiful and fragrant in your garden.

3. Carnation

Carnation is a small flower that is characterized by the diversity of shades in the warm colors and the presence of numerous petals. Cravina also has an angelic aspect, being one of the most suitable flowers to create delicate autumn arrangements. Plant Carnation in pots or beds and expose in bright environments, such as the kitchen, living room or office.

4. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers that can be easily inserted in an autumnal decoration, mainly because they present a wide variety of colors. And they are perfect to be combined with other autumn flowers forming stunning centerpieces.

5. Dahlia

Options in colors, sizes and formats to decorate with Dahlias will not be missing! Choose one or more corners of the house and make them more sophisticated with colorful floral arrangements by Dahlias. If you want a soft environment, choose to decorate with white Dahlias, For a more elegant environment, the red Dahlias in a crystal vase will be perfect!

6. Evening primrose

The Primrose is a small notable of the gardens. The petals of its flowers are rounded and serrated, differentiating them from other flowers in the garden, in addition to having strong colors such as purple, red, orange and pink. To keep them beautiful in your garden, the place should have half shade, fertile soil, rich in nutrients and drained, without the need for much watering. But beware, they can withstand the cold, but they are not resistant to frost, so see where they will stay so you don’t risk losing these little flowers.

7. Azalea

April is marked by the blooming of these beautiful flowers. Originating in Asia, Azalea is widely found in China and Japan, and it is perfectly suited to decorate your home in the coldest seasons, because its flowering season is exactly that. Besides being wonderful, they do not need frequent watering and are quite resistant.

8. Tulips

This flower is already our old acquaintance and is a great success in the cold European winter. It resists the cold of the icy seasons of the Northern Hemisphere and blooms in the spring there, which corresponds to our autumn. Very delicate and elegant, they add sophistication and good taste to environments. Just choose one of the most varied colors of the species and combine it with the rest of the decoration in the living room, bedroom, kitchen…

9. Lilies

Lilies represent purity, chastity and innocence, therefore, it is the ideal flower to have in the autumnal decoration of the house, the period of the year when the reading corner or the armchair next to the fireplace is most often used. Make arrangements for Lilies, whether mixed with other flowers, or solitary and display in tall vases through the entrance hall, kitchen, living room…

10. Winter Jasmine

For those who want to decorate some part of the garden with vines, Winter Jasmine is a great option, as it grows fast and is still very fragrant and does not need much care, just a place with plenty of sunlight, a fertile soil with good amount of organic matter and that is well drained. After that, just water regularly and when it starts to grow, always do pruning to keep growing and beautifying your garden.