Charming Arches

gardening, arches, fruit arches, gardening tips, arches in gardens, fruit gardening, garden design, fruit varieties, arbor design, garden structures, DIY garden arches, fruit arch design, garden decor, climbing plants, garden architecture, fruit arbor ideas, backyard gardening, vine plants, outdoor design, fruit tree cultivation

Flowering and edible arches are arguably one of the most stylish and elegant features of a garden. Ideal in large spaces where a focal point of interest is needed, over entrances as a dramatic touch, or in small gardens where a compact cluster of blooms steals the show – arches are full of charm and for everyone! Follow Life is a Garden’s top aching tips and plant picks to get cracking on your first New Year’s gardening project.

gardening, arches, fruit arches, gardening tips, arches in gardens, fruit gardening, garden design, fruit varieties, arbor design, garden structures, DIY garden arches, fruit arch design, garden decor, climbing plants, garden architecture, fruit arbor ideas, backyard gardening, vine plants, outdoor design, fruit tree cultivation
gardening, arches, fruit arches, gardening tips, arches in gardens, fruit gardening, garden design, fruit varieties, arbor design, garden structures, DIY garden arches, fruit arch design, garden decor, climbing plants, garden architecture, fruit arbor ideas, backyard gardening, vine plants, outdoor design, fruit tree cultivation

Good advice for getting started 

Here are a few important factors to consider when purchasing or building an arch.

  • Take careful note of the size of the space where you would like to grow your edible or flowering arch. How much sun does this space receive? Is there enough room for the plant to expand as it grows? 
  • Where will your arch steal the show most and what is your vision? Consider which other accessories will complement the structure such as a cute table and chairs nearby for tea, garden lights along a walkway that lead to the arch, or perhaps an additional flower bed all around the arch. Flowering arches are also excellent wildlife attractors and privacy shields. 
  • What material is your arch made of? Some plants get heavier as they age, requiring stronger support. If using a wooden arch, remember to use a weather-resistant sealer that won’t harm your plant. If you are using a metal arch, remember that extreme weather may also burn/freeze delicate flower varieties. 
  • Can you reach the top of your arch? Pruning your ramblers, scramblers, and climbers are essential to maintaining a nice and neat shape to your arch. Make sure you have a long ladder and access to all sides of the plant for shape pruning. Similarly, if you are growing an edible arch, make sure you have enough space to harvest. 

A passion for poinsettia

Poinsettia Care, Holiday Plants, Poinsettia Pruning, Seasonal Flowers, Indoor Gardening, Poinsettia Varieties, Flower Care Tips, Poinsettia History, Festive Floral, Garden Decor, Poinsettia Myths, Christmas Flowers, Colorful Foliage, Poinsettia Facts, Plant Care 101

Poinsettias, also known as Mexican Flame Leaf, are traditionally associated with the festive season owing to their bright colours and sweet charm. With a selection of vibrant pink, red, white, cream, purple, yellow, orange, and bi-colours on the market, your holiday collection would be incomplete without one of these sweethearts. Join Life is a Garden as we explore this fiery foliage plant further.  

Did you know? The ancient Aztecs used poinsettias to make red dye, and they turned to poinsettia sap to control fevers.

Poinsettia Care, Holiday Plants, Poinsettia Pruning, Seasonal Flowers, Indoor Gardening, Poinsettia Varieties, Flower Care Tips, Poinsettia History, Festive Floral, Garden Decor, Poinsettia Myths, Christmas Flowers, Colorful Foliage, Poinsettia Facts, Plant Care 101
Poinsettia Care, Holiday Plants, Poinsettia Pruning, Seasonal Flowers, Indoor Gardening, Poinsettia Varieties, Flower Care Tips, Poinsettia History, Festive Floral, Garden Decor, Poinsettia Myths, Christmas Flowers, Colorful Foliage, Poinsettia Facts, Plant Care 101

Humble beginnings

The legend of the poinsettia dates back to 16th century Mexico and tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. An angel appeared and inspired her to gather weeds from the roadside and to place them in front of the church’s altar. Crimson ‘blossoms’ sprouted from the weeds and grew to become beautiful poinsettias.

Try this: If you want your poinsettia to grow larger and even more spectacular, plant them out in your garden below a tree or shaded area. Plants can quite easily grow up to 3 metres tall when given enough room and in the correct environment. 

Poinsettia Care, Holiday Plants, Poinsettia Pruning, Seasonal Flowers, Indoor Gardening, Poinsettia Varieties, Flower Care Tips, Poinsettia History, Festive Floral, Garden Decor, Poinsettia Myths, Christmas Flowers, Colorful Foliage, Poinsettia Facts, Plant Care 101
Poinsettia Care, Holiday Plants, Poinsettia Pruning, Seasonal Flowers, Indoor Gardening, Poinsettia Varieties, Flower Care Tips, Poinsettia History, Festive Floral, Garden Decor, Poinsettia Myths, Christmas Flowers, Colorful Foliage, Poinsettia Facts, Plant Care 101

Flamboyant foliage we love

In South Africa, poinsettias are a common garden plant that flowers during winter. Potted varieties have been specifically grown for the summer season and are available in a variety of intense colours. The plant is synonymous with the upcoming holiday season, making a bold statement that will last for months!

Grow them in full shade or indoors with plenty of good light. Plants must be protected from the hot summer sun if it is to flower. Only water a poinsettia when the soil is dry to the touch. Water until water seeps out the bottom of the drainage holes. Although poinsettias do not like to dry out, they also do not like to sit in water.