• How Much Sun is Full Sun?

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    When you check out the plant descriptions in our online plant catalogue, you’ll notice that, as well as the physical description, we give you some tips on the plant’s sun and water requirements.

    How to understand planting conditions

    1. Exposure

    If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between full sun and part sun, or full shade and part shade, here’s a simple explanation:

    • Full sun - at least 6 hours of sunshine every day.
    • Part sun – between 3 and 6 hours of sunshine. These plants will tolerate afternoon sun.
    • Part shade – between 3 and 6 hours of sunshine, but these plants will not tolerate the hot afternoon sun.
    • Full shade – less than 3 hours of sunshine. Remember, though, that few plants will thrive in a deeply shaded area that receives little or no sun at all.
    1. Water

    When it comes to a plant’s moisture requirements, here are a few helpful guidelines:

    • Well-drained soil will usually have a high sand content, and will likely be on a higher area or a slope, where water won’t accumulate. These conditions are suitable for plants that are drought tolerant.
    • Moist, well-drained soil will also be in an area where water drains away (for instance on a slope), but the soil will have a higher organic content. The presence of humus and organic material will increase the soil’s ability to retain moisture. These conditions are suitable for plants that have an average water requirement.
    • Soils that are very rich in organic materials, and situated in a shady, low lying area will retain more water than other soils. These soils are suitable for plants that prefer moist or wet conditions.

    You can check out our full catalogue here, or you can narrow your search by the type of plants you’re looking for, including: annuals, evergreens, perennials, perennial grasses, shrubs, roses, trees and vines. And remember to check the growing conditions preferred by your chosen plants!

    Buying plants online is simple at Calgary Plants. Our helpful plant descriptions make it easy to choose, and our online buying system is a snap. Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for your plants to be delivered right to your door.
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  • Tips to Build a Better Berm

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    If you’re dealing with a tabula rasa (a blank slate) on your landscaping project, you’ll likely want to install berms or undulations in your landscape. But that’s easier said than done! You’ll need to plan the design of your berms and undulations before you implement them. And design requires some foresight. So here are a few berm design and building tips!

    Location, Location, Location

    The location of your new berm structure is essential. You’ll want to design berms that look natural in their environment, and berms that accent your terrain. In the end, you’ll want berms that flow throughout your landscape, berms and undulations that don’t look contrived!

    Space

    Think about how your berms will be experienced spatially - this ties in to location. Do you want your berms to look best from the road, or from the house? Both? Do you plan on having a lawn between your berms? Will the space look too busy with too many berms and undulations? All of these questions should be considered in formulating a design!

    Drainage

    Proper drainage is crucial. Avoid berms that are doughnut shaped, as water will pool in the center. Make sure water will have a place to flow to, and don’t allow water to pool near the foundation of a building.

    Form

    Berms generally look more natural when their incline is rather shallow. Unless you’re including rocks, or built-in ledges, consider keeping berm height and undulation depth fairly shallow.

    Flora

    Consider the plants you’ll be planting! Berms are useful in displaying flora, so plan accordingly. Consider planting trees in places that won’t block views of other foliage, and plant flowers on berm slopes that are well-visible. Also consider shading, as some plants love light, and others are content in the shade!

    Clean Fill Dirt

    Once your design is ready, you’ll need to find the right dirt for the job. Some landscapers will use dirt that’s on-site, but we recommend using clean fill dirt mixed with topsoil.

    Grade, Grade, Grade

    Smooth berms look great! If you’re looking to add texture on your landscaping berms, opt for boulders are rocks. Now, get out there and build a better berm into your Calgary landscape!
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  • Tips For Building a Beautiful Patio

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    If you love being outdoors as much as we do, then you love time spent out on the patio, porch, or deck. Whatever you call it, that outdoor domain is the perfect hangout. If you’re building a deck, or adding on to a preexisting structure, you can get creative! Here are a couple of deck features you might consider, thanks to Calgary Plants’ garden centre:

    In-Deck Trees

    Plan your deck around preexisting trees, or integrate newly planted trees into your deck design! Remember, you’ll want to keep roots away from concrete structures (especially your home’s foundation) - but consider planting trees that’ll be content surrounded by a wooden deck. Avoid aspen and similar trees, as their suckers are likely to multiply and shoot through cracks in a deck. We recommend cutting plenty of room for your tree trunk to grow over time.

    Garden Plots

    Built in garden plots look great, and they’re functional. Building in a flower bed can add to the aesthetic of a deck, or an herb garden can add function! Or go all out and plant a full veggie garden right there on your patio!

    Seating

    Consider built-in seating. If you’re planning on entertaining guests out on the porch, integrated seating is a great option. Build benches into the structure of your deck… they look great, and they work!

    Outdoor Lighting

    Integrating lighting is the next level of deck design. Make your deck beautiful, day and night. Plus, you’ll be able to grill-out and chill-out out of doors well into the wee hours if you please! 

    Cooking Space

    Save space for the grill! And consider building in composite or granite countertops. Cabinetry can be useful too, but make sure it’s all weather-proof. Stainless-steel is a great option!

    Regardless of the design you choose, just make sure your deck suits you! That’s all for today from your local garden centre! And as always, give us a call for all your plant and tree needs!
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  • Things To Do To Prep for Winter

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    Well folks, autumn is right around the corner, and the turning of the seasons marks a change in the way we ought to be working around the garden! Here are a few things to do as fall rolls around in order to get your Calgary-area landscape prepped for winter:

    Plant New Evergreen Plants

    Evergreen plants and trees are hardy green fellas year-round. That means you can keep that lively green look of your garden or landscape through the winter months with a few extra plants or trees! Fall is the perfect time to get these guys into the ground, as it’ll prep their root structure for the upcoming snap of winter.

    Take Off the Shades

    If you’ve got a greenhouse, you’ll want to take off any shade implements. As days are now growing shorter, greenhouse shades are becoming unnecessary. Your plants will need all the light they can get as night-time grows longer!

    Empty Out The Bins

    Use up your compost before winter comes around. Using up your compost now will aid your garden next year, and it will give your landscape a little extra protection from frost.

    Prep Garden Tools & The Tool Shed

    Clean out the shed, and get all the tools inside! Lots of gardeners use fall as the time to maintain their tools and put everything in its right place. Any tools left out over winter will get buried in snow, and they're likely to rust! Practice fall cleaning! You’ll be ready to get gardening again come spring!
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