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Artist’s Retreat Garden

Artist’s Retreat Garden

in Garden Design, Jason the Mason, Stonework/Construction | 0 comments

Nature is mankind’s greatest inspiration. Artists, engineers, pharmacists, and chemists look to the world around them to find answers to questions we don’t even understand yet. We have made helicopters inspired by humming birds, medicines that replicate natural remedies,  solar panels that imitate photosynthesis, and Van Gogh’s Starry Night speaks for itself. Even Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And this particular garden grants a level of clarity and inspiration that everyone...

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Driveway Island Redo Refreshes Landscape

Driveway Island Redo Refreshes Landscape

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This was a fun project! The photo below shows what the landscape looked like before we started. The yard had been neglected, and the shrubs and trees were overgrown.   The driveway island was the first place we tackled. These poor hollies had been pruned to death and were FULL of wasps. It took us three separate visits and countless cans of wasp spray before we could even start with the transformation.   A problem with the driveway island...

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Stepping Stones with Ajuga

Stepping Stones with Ajuga

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Flagstone pathways are simple, elegant, and easy to customize. Their natural look and classic style make them very popular, especially in gardens. However, unlike with solid pathways, weeds can easily grow between the flagstones. Gravel, mulch, and other inert materials are often used to fill the gaps, but weeds can still take root. Another option is to plant a ground cover to choke out weeds.   Here Suzanne used a chocolate chip ajuga plant. It spreads quickly and is...

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Hedgerows for Wildlife Gardens – Backyard Habitat

Hedgerows for Wildlife Gardens – Backyard Habitat

in Garden Design, Wildlife | 0 comments

  One of the best things homeowners can do to help wildlife is to create a hedgerow on their property. Birds, bats, beneficial insects and other animals have suffered due to loss of habitat and a hedgerow is a step toward offering a place for them to live, breed and find food. Not only will a hedgerow attract wildlife to your property, they offer creatures places for safe passage between parcels of land. Animals such as turtles and opossums...

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Best Large Privacy Screen Trees

Best Large Privacy Screen Trees

in Garden Design, Trees | 0 comments

Many homeowners have large, open areas where they wish to plant a privacy hedge, windbreak or property border screen. Leland cypress has long been a popular choice but as mentioned in a previous post, it may not be the best one. Leyland cypress has become a problem tree due to pests and disease and many of the trees planted 10 years ago are now having to be removed by homeowners. If you are looking for alternatives to planting Leyland...

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Hugel – What??

Hugel – What??

in Garden Design, Stonework/Construction | 1 comment

Do you want to create a vibrant, healthy, productive garden that needs little watering? Then consider hugelkultur. That’s right. Hugelkultur. Say it with me: hoo-gull-kul-cher. Hugelkultur is a traditional German style of planting that is gaining popularity on this side of the Atlantic. A hugelkultur garden is a long mound made of logs, branches, and soil. The mound can be any length and is typically 3 feet to 6 feet high. The base of the mound is made from...

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Backyard Landscape Transformation

Backyard Landscape Transformation

in Garden Design, Remodeling, Stonework/Construction | 0 comments

A backyard landscape makeover starts with a property owner that has lots of local rock. The owner of a Shenandoah Valley farmhouse in Virginia wanted to update landscape elements on his property. Luckily, his neighbor happened to have lots of local lime stone from a dilapidated ice house. Here you can see the pile of salvaged stones waiting to be re-purposed, and part of the yard that will get a total make-over. First, we used some of the stones...

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Creative Gardening Advice – Uncover the Beauty of Your Home!

Creative Gardening Advice – Uncover the Beauty of Your Home!

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Gardening designs play an influential role in determining the look and feel of our homes, but as careful as we are about our own appearances, we may not have time to put much thought into the presentation of our beloved sanctuaries. Next time you venture outside, take a look at the size of your house. Does it seem smaller now than when you pulled up in the moving truck and saw your home for the first time? If so,...

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Gardening Ideas: Color in the Winter Garden

Gardening Ideas: Color in the Winter Garden

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Looking for winter landscaping ideas to add color to your garden? If flowers are a garden’s only source of color, landscapes can look boring and dreary in fall and winter after the blooming stops. I can show you how to keep your landscape colorful even in the colder months: use shrubs and trees to add cool blues and greens and splashes of rich red and yellow. Take a look at this picture from Gibbs Gardens, in Ball Ground, Ga.,...

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Bulbs Beautify Any Garden

Bulbs Beautify Any Garden

in Garden Design, Perennials | 0 comments

Now is the time to buy and plant flowering bulbs for next spring. Bright, beautiful flowers can work in any landscape design. Lots of gardeners use bulbs to create borders and clean lines. But you can also use them to more natural effect. Try gently tossing a few handfuls of bulbs into the spaces under trees, allowing them to roll where they may. Then plant them where they land, rather than in rows, for a look that reflects the...

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Landscape Design: Is Leyland Cypress Your Best Bet for Privacy?

Landscape Design: Is Leyland Cypress Your Best Bet for Privacy?

in Garden Design, Trees | 0 comments

Gardeners who want to hide an undesirable view, create privacy, or add curb appeal often use the fast-growing Leyland cypress in their landscapes­. This popular tree grows two to three feet a year and creates a thick hedge of limbs and leaves. But the Leyland cypress may not be your best choice for screening, because it needs lots of care to stay healthy. There are other, lower-maintenance plants you can choose for your landscape that will still hide the...

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Backyard Living Space Ideas: Think Like A Designer

Backyard Living Space Ideas: Think Like A Designer

in Garden Design, Stonework/Construction | 0 comments

Beautiful landscaping begins with attention to basic principles of design. Elements should work in harmony to create a garden space that meets your needs. Interestingly, interior and exterior designers work with the same 3 basic planes. The most important is the base plane, or the floor. Second is the vertical plane, or walls. Last, but not least: the overhead plane, or ceiling. Wondering how all 3 planes—even the overhead plane—work in backyard landscapes? Take a look at how Art...

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Fresh Landscaping Idea: Grow a Mediterranean Herb Garden

Fresh Landscaping Idea: Grow a Mediterranean Herb Garden

in Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Perennials | 0 comments

Your garden is a great place for you to grow Mediterranean herbs. Georgia’s climate is a good fit for Mediterranean herbs, like sage, oregano, and thyme. These plants love hot, dry conditions with plenty of sun, so they can thrive in Georgia’s long, hot summers–as long as you plant them in well-drained soils. This post will show you how to fit savory, fresh-smelling Mediterranean herbs into your landscape. Why grow Mediterranean herbs? • They’re easy to grow, requiring little...

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Rain Gardens Clean Water and Beautify Your Garden

Rain Gardens Clean Water and Beautify Your Garden

in Garden Design, Water Features | 2 comments

Install a rain garden to beautify your garden and protect the environment at the same time. The purpose of a rain garden is to capture rainwater runoff, slowing it down so that it soaks gently into the soil instead of racing quickly off your property. Undisturbed natural settings act like a great sponge: rain falls to the ground and slowly soaks into the soil, where it is filtered and cleaned, and where it eventually flows into rivers and groundwater....

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Bog Your Garden!

Bog Your Garden!

in Garden Design, Stonework/Construction | 0 comments

Do you have a wet patch in your landscape that never dries out? What about a muddy area next to an existing pond? Consider turning those problem areas into assets by converting them into moisture-loving bog gardens. A bog garden is an installed, mini-wetland that hosts moisture-loving plants. A bog garden shouldn’t be confused with a rain garden, which holds moisture only for a short while before it soaks into the soil (see this post for more about rain...

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Got Deer? Make Your Garden Deer Resistant

Got Deer? Make Your Garden Deer Resistant

in Garden Design, Perennials, Pests and Poisons | 0 comments

Got deer? Make Your Garden Deer Resistant With Strong-Smelling Plants We get asked about deer-resistant gardening all the time. Deer are everywhere, and they’ll eat anything—including your prized azaleas and hosta! They eat tree leaves, too, up to almost six feet off the ground. Male deer damage trees by rubbing them with their antlers. Spring is prime time for deer to “browse” the landscape in search of food. Does and their fawns need extra nutrition, which they just might...

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Planning Our Garden

Planning Our Garden

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Planning Our Garden Hi everyone! We took a break from landscape blogging while moving and setting up our new home in the trees in beautiful Dahlonega. We are, of course, planning to plant like crazy and add lots of rocks. We’ve only been here two months, and Jason has already installed three enormous 1+ ton boulders! These massive beauties add interest and will look spectacular when surrounded by plantings. We found what we expected in the mountains: lots of...

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Dwarf Evergreens in Your Garden: Alternatives to Hollies or Boxwoods

Dwarf Evergreens in Your Garden: Alternatives to Hollies or Boxwoods

in Garden Design, Shrubs | 0 comments

Make your gardening a little easier—and your garden a little healthier—by choosing the right evergreen shrubs. I am always on the lookout for evergreen shrubs that can be planted around the foundation of a house and that don’t need much pruning. Most foundation plantings are evergreen hollies and boxwoods that quickly outgrow their spaces and require lots of pruning to keep them in line. The good news is that more and more nurseries are coming out with alternatives to...

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Three Steps to a Perfect Garden Design: Color, Form and Texture

Three Steps to a Perfect Garden Design: Color, Form and Texture

in Garden Design, Gardening Tips | 1 comment

It’s easy to understand why color is important to garden design. But if you want a truly gorgeous landscape, use form and texture, too. Form is the shape of the plant. Some plants have a tall, upright form. Others have a rounded form or a weeping form. Texture means the overall look created by the size, shape, and surface of the plant. For example, many grasses have a fine texture. Violas are medium textured, and tulips have a coarse...

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Dogscaping Your Garden

Dogscaping Your Garden

in Garden Design, Gardening Tips | 0 comments

Dog Friendly Landscapes Let’s face it, garden lovers: dogs are hard on yards. They dig holes in your beautiful garden, they kill grass, they poop. But we love our dogs and want them to be happy. So consider dogscaping, which means designing your landscape to be canine friendly. Think water features, some shade, a meandering path, maybe even a dog run. A great introduction to dogscaping can be found at this website, from the Fence Authority. It points out...

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Landscaping and masonry contractors. Art of Stone Gardening is a full service design, masonry, hardscape and landscaping company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia. Our local service area: Clermont, Cleveland, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville,
Helen, Murrayville, Sautee Nacoochee, Oakwood, Suches GA.
770-519-6372

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