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Category: Garden Design
04 Dec
2019

A Low-Maintenance Gift

This year, as shiny wrapping papers are being ripped off of boxes, and bows and ribbons are flying through the air, you should think about giving yourself a special gift, one of those gifts that really does keep on giving:  a low-maintenance garden. If you play your spades right, a low-maintenance garden will give you..

04 Dec
2019

Shop in Your Garden

Whether your winter celebrations are sacred, religious, cultural, pagan, pure retail or astronomical (Winter Solstice is December 22nd), I’ll bet you’d love to add some color and cheer to your surroundings during this coldest of seasons. Have you thought about sourcing your gardens and yard for decorations? You might be surprised at the variety of..

26 Nov
2019

Decayed to Decked Out

A homeowner and casual gardener called Art of Stone one spring day when she’d finally had it with the old deck off the back of her fabulous Northeast Georgia home. She wasn’t specific about what might go in its place. She just knew she wanted to have a nice place to entertain. And some raised..

14 Nov
2019

Naked Landscape is Revealing

What’s blooming now in Northeast Georgia? Not much. (Thank goodness for pansies!) But the late fall/early winter season is actually a great time to get intimate with your garden and your overall landscape. It’s a chance to take in the lay of the land, the natural curves and bends, the gentle slopes and, yes, even..

06 Nov
2019

You Made Your Bed…

You made your bed, now grow some pretty fall flowers in it! The same flower beds that supported all those fabulous spring and summer blossoms can keep your landscape from being drab and boring this fall and winter. It’s not too late to plant some color for the new season, but hurry. The days are..

04 Nov
2019

What the Hellstrip?

Horticulturist Lauren Spring Ogden was spot on back in the 90s when she coined the term “hellstrip” to describe the trampled-on, stepped-over, parched, neglected, unsightly, unspoken-for, dog-potty strips of land between the sidewalks and the street curbs. Since then, the garden-minded among us have been quietly crusading for better treatment of these slivers of earth..

30 Oct
2019

Small Fall Native Trees

Aah…Beautiful autumn in Northeast Georgia. As I’m out and about these days, I’m thinking about how so much of the splendid fall color we see is from the big native trees…in the big-picture landscapes. You know, national forest lands and public parks, undeveloped rural acreage along the highways and mature, old-growth neighborhoods (not the people,..

25 Oct
2019

Goosed Up Lake House

We’d all love to have the perfect home with the perfect view. But in real life, most of us have to make compromises. Dream house, but not on the beach. Mountain view, but we wanted a ranch. One Dahlonega couple, who plans to retire in Hiawassee eventually, found the extraordinary view they longed for there—along..

09 Oct
2019

Fall for Foodscaping

A few months ago, I wrote about foodscaping, an exciting gardening philosophy that I’ve been putting into practice in my own gardens and for some of our clients. ( Eat My Garden! July 24, 2019) Foodscaping is simply integrating edible plants, like vegetables, fruits and herbs, into traditional, ornamental garden design. With the clock ticking..

17 Sep
2019

Sunny Slide Up

Visiting David and Ki’s home in Gainesville was like dropping in on summer camp. Kids everywhere! Their own, some on loan (foster children), their friends’ children… And why not? In keeping with the kid-friendly attitudes, they’d had a swimming pool built to create a fairy tale back yard. The kids were especially delighted to find..