Creating an outdoor space for relaxation can be challenging. Once lovely flowers and plants are in place, how do you pull it altogether? Garden finials are an excellent way to give your garden a finishing touch. Finials are appealing and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Some finials are spherical, some are shaped like a long spear with a steep, pointed tip, while others have ornate scrollwork or a Fleur-de-lis shape. Often, finials are depictions of mythical creatures. The choices are endless.
Choose plants that attract Hummingbirds
Flowers are, of course, the key ingredient in attracting hummingbirds to your garden. The tiny birds feed on nectar that is produced by flowers, and they seem particularly attracted to plants with trumpet or tubular bright red and orange flowers. Favorites include rhododendrons, azaleas and rose of Sharon bushes. For northern gardens that attract the ruby-throated hummingbird, choose plants that flower at different times during the blooming season to provide food for them throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Made popular in the mid-1800s, when wraparound porches were common, swings symbolize freedom, grace and relaxation.
Remember the thrill of swinging on your play set in the backyard or at the neighborhood park? Sometimes, the very thought of the gentle sway of a swing can take you back to childhood, or can conjure pleasant memories of lazy afternoons sipping cold lemonade and sharing stories and ambitions with friends.
There are two types of bananas that are cultivated mainly in tropical regions. There is the sweet fruit that is eaten raw or used in dessert recipes, and the firmer, starchier plantains used in cooking vegetable-based dishes like curries.