Archive for Trees, Shrubs, And Other Yardly Concerns

It’s Always Cooler In The Shade

Since you would probably rather not be planting out in the blazing summer sun right now, here are some options for planting in shade or filtered sunlight.  It will take years for us to cover all the amazing filtered sun and shade loving perennials, shrubs, and trees that we have here at the nursery, but […]

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July Gardening Guide

Hopefully, by now you’re harvesting bountiful crops from your veggie gardens.  Snip fresh herbs regularly, to keep the plants vigorous, as they don’t just sit around waiting for you to decide that they’d spice up a summer salad or iced tea.  Make some basil mojitos if pesto has worn out its welcome already at your […]

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When It Rains, It Pours. But What About When It Doesn’t?

Much of the state of Georgia is still in some phase of drought, including severe, even with all the rain we’ve had this year.  Lake Lanier, the source of most of metro Atlanta’s potable water, is still down more than three feet from full pond level as of last week.  So once we head into […]

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Gardens That Have It Made In The Shade

Ideally, your yard includes areas exposed to full sun, shade, and everything in between.  That would allow you the greatest flexibility in planting perennials, groundcovers, trees, and shrubs.  But maybe you are blessed with an overabundance of shade, which is not at all unusual in our area.  No problem, you can still have gracefully curving […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Groundcover Roses

Roses are among the most popular flowers in any language, anywhere on the globe.  While one need not be a gardener to enjoy roses, growing them at home can be so rewarding.  Rose plants take on various forms, from upright shrubs, to climbers that require support as they reach for the skies or ramblers that […]

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Alternatives to Boxwoods and Traditional Dwarf Hollies

Here are some of our favorite landscape plant selections that can be planted instead of the standard boxwoods and non-fruiting dwarf hollies: Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ This 3’-4’ tall and wide evergreen shrub is a wonderful alternative to boxwoods. Easily trimmed as a hedge, its new yellow foliage is present nearly year round. This plant is reliably evergreen. […]

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Hot Time, Summer In The City (And The Burbs)

First, a brief history of lawns.  Then we’ll rant about how they are the single most wasteful use of water. (Just kidding.  But only a little.)  The word lawn may have evolved from the Middle English word launde, which described a naturally occurring opening between wooded areas, where a variety of low to medium height plants […]

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Fall Into Composting – Now’s The Best Time For It

The healthiest, most productive soils are deep brown, smell like brownies (to me, anyway), and are light in texture.   If you grab a handful and clench it briefly, it holds its shape for a few seconds, and then starts to gently fall away from the clump, sort of the way fresh brown sugar does.   This […]

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Uncommonly Interesting

For some home gardeners, when it comes to specimen trees and shrubs, it’s all about the fragrance.   For others, it’s multi-seasonal interest.  Here are a just a few interesting trees and shrubs that fulfill either or both of those landscaping preferences.  Halesia Carolina, Carolina Silverbell, native to the southern Appalachian Mountains, is typically an understory […]

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Increasing The Wattage Of Southern Bulbs

Have you ever noticed how some patches of tulips, some of which look like a cat planted the bulbs, thrive year after year, while others are just one hit wonders?  And how many times have you paid more than common sense would dictate for a lily corm, only to have it sputter out before its […]

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