Information About Inside-Out Flower

Information About Inside-Out Flower

Inside-Out Flower Info: Tips On Using And Growing Inside-Out Flowers

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What are inside-out flowers, and why do they have that funny name? Take a look at this article for more inside-out flower info, including tips for growing inside-out flowers in the garden. Click here for more information.

China Rose, hibiscus rosa sinensis

China rose, also called Chinese hibiscus or Hawaiian hibiscus, is a symbol of everything exotic.

Key China rose facts

NameHibiscus rosa sinensis
FamilyMalvaceae (mallow family)
Type – indoor plant

Height – 1 ⅓ to 5 feet (0.4 to 1.5 meters) (up to 13 feet (4 meters) in their natural environment)
Exposure – well-lit
Foliage – evergreen if grown indoors

Flowering – March to November

They are plants that boast rare beauty and bloom over an extended period of time. In our latitudes they are mostly grown as indoor plants, however they can be grown outdoors wherever the climate permits, that is, as long as it never freezes outside.

How to terrace a sloping garden

Manipulating a gentle slope to produce level terraces isn’t difficult – you can usually cut and fill by hand using a spade. First, cut the soil out of the slope using a large spade to create the first level. Then, use the loose soil that you’ve just cut out to make the next identical sized level terrace, and so on. Never just pile soil against a timber fence – it will rot and warp quickly. Instead, you will need to invest in retaining boundary walls.

Terracing a steep slope, especially one that‘s made artificially, isn’t a job to tackle yourself. On steep or unstable slopes you’ll probably need earth-moving equipment and extensive foundations plus whatever ‘face’ material you want to see, whether it’s bricks, rendered blocks, sleepers or gabion mesh cages.

If the slope is gradual, levelling can be achieved with timber retainers, such as sleepers.

Calculate your levels carefully as, if they are built up too much, you might find that you'll have a clear view down into neighbouring gardens – which they may not welcome. If it's unavoidable, take measures to improve privacy in your garden. Call in a professional garden designer, or a landscape construction company, to be on the safe side. We have lots of useful tips on how to employ a garden designer.

Bear in mind that terracing a sloping garden in its entirety will be expensive – taking away or adding soil in large quantities, and building retaining walls is costly. So, work towards cutting and filling instead if your garden's slope is gentle in places, you can save money by terracing just sections of it and leaving the gentler slopes as they are.

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