North Georgia Gardening Tips
17 Jul
2019

What’s Your Garden Inspiration?

Soil, sun and water can always be amended or adapted to create a nice garden. But there’s another element at the root of the most amazing gardens:  inspiration. It can be as simple as a color, a shape or a picture or as complicated as a memory, a smell or a dream. I really enjoy..

02 Jul
2019

What’s Blooming Now June

My garden in Dahlonega is full of wonderful flowers this time of the year. One of my goals in creating this garden was to always have something to cut and bring inside. Fortunately, the previous owner planted a huge variety of perennials and I was able to add some new items as openings appeared. It..

02 Jul
2019

Bramberi Berry Farm

On a recent bright spring day, I visited Bramberi Farm in Lumpkin County, Georgia.  My gracious tour guide was co-owner Ann Seigies.  Bramberi Farm is an organic berry farm owned, developed, and operated by Joern and Ann Seigies since 2014.  Both brought to the adventure extensive education and experience in sustainable agriculture and horticulture.  Ann..

25 Jun
2019

What’s Happening Camellia?

This is a picture of a Camellia with leaf gall. Camellia leaf gall is a fungal disease caused by excessive moisture and poor air circulation. If you have an existing Camellia that is already diseased it might be caused by all the recent rains. Poor pruning practices and/or not enough sunshine can exacerbate and make..

10 Jun
2019

Moving Together

We really enjoy our clients and Gretchen and Roy are no exception. A few years ago they asked us to help them with their garden and patio in Dawsonville, Georgia. Jason and I worked with them to design a patio that harmonized with their lifestyle and tastes. Eclectic and fun! Last year, they told us..

06 Jun
2019

Divide and Conquer

Dividing perennials is an essential part of the maintenance of a garden. Plants work as hard as they can to grow as large as they can, and in ornamental gardens we give them every advantage. This means that the roots in the center of a perennial can become so densely overgrown and tangled that they..

29 May
2019

Going Native

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a..

21 May
2019

What’s Happening Now: I am melting

This post was going to be about the beautiful winter annuals that were still blooming a few weeks ago. However, the heat took me by surprise; I was not expecting this much heat this early. We have just finished planting the summer annuals and summer veggies in our gardens. These newly installed plants are going..

13 May
2019

Buried Trash

Buying a home is always an experience; sometimes fun, sometimes stressful, sometimes disappointing. But at the end, there’s a new home for you to start filling with family, laughter, and your future. Unfortunately, when not building the house yourself, you don’t know if the builders took any shortcuts. This family had lived in their home..

24 Apr
2019

Be Picky about Your Mulch

Mulch is an essential part of any landscape. It helps the ground retain moisture and adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. Mulch can also help protect your plants from winter freezes, acting as a natural insulation barrier. Where as nature uses fallen leaves and dead plants as mulch, landscapers and homeowners prefer a..