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Category: Gardening Tips
06 Jan
2021
Small garden

The Magic of a Small Garden

The completed space of my client in Sautee Nacoochee, White County, Georgia, is lush, rich and verdant. It serves as a passageway that leads from the back and side yard to the kitchen, partially hidden from by a retaining wall. Walking through it is a refreshing journey of transition that is rich in texture and..

30 Dec
2020

Winter Wonderland Protection Plan

Winter is here! The barren season. When the sky is bland and the trees look like they need a hug. Every year I learn more about the best methods for protecting my client’s and my own plants from the cold. Sometimes it’s a matter of trial and error, but it’s also about understanding the weather..

17 Dec
2020
If you want to introduce grass to a pet who is strictly or mostly indoor, growing your own “cat grass” or “wheatgrass” is very easy and has many health benefits. It can also deter them from chewing on any of your beloved house plants!

Know What’s in your Garden: Pets and Plants

Every pet owner knows that one of the most fundamental characteristics of animals is curiosity. Our pets have a childlike innocence and fascination with the unknown that keeps us entertained but also makes us wary of the dangerous situations they might get themselves into. This is especially true when it comes to what they consume...

28 Oct
2020
dry creek bed and garden

From Dry Creek Bed to Lush Garden Oasis

Have you ever gazed out over your yard, full of pride, until you’re reminded of that eye sore that you just can’t seem to fix? Sometimes all it takes is a little help solving the foundational issues and then bringing to life your own ideas to give it that personal flare. One of our clients..

18 Sep
2020
Bignonia

On the House: Tips for Vine Enthusiasts

Excuse me? Oh…you’re looking for the North Georgia Wine Highway. I thought you said the Vine Highway. I’m not aware of one, but if there were a Vine Highway, it would pass through virtually all of Northeast Georgia—and throughout the entire southeast, with stretches even located in the far reaches of the northeastern and northwestern..

10 Aug
2020
Landscaping, fountain and stone pathways

Yard Celebrates Lake View

Usually, we take on landscaping and gardening projects to attract attention to the areas being landscaped or gardened, right? But as one of our recent projects illustrates, it’s not always that simple. The client, Kerry, and her family have a magnificent, new lakefront home, complete with an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area connected to the..

10 Aug
2020
Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Your Pollinator Garden Pathway: Think Linear and Local

Like Velcro®, Jacuzzi® and Kleenex®, the term Pollinator Pathway®is actually a registered brand name. It refers to a civic project founded in 2007 by “design thinker” Sarah Bergmann. Its now-famous pilot enterprise was the creation of a mile-long, 12-foot-wide system of connected greenspaces planted with the intention of helping native plant pollinators move through the..

05 Aug
2020
pink muhli grass

The Green, Green (& Other Colors!) Grasses of Home

What do Dean Martin, Porter Wagoner and Joan Baez have in common? They all were among dozens of musicians who recorded Claude “Curly” Putman Jr.’s iconic song The Green, Green Grass of Home. The song is a total tear-jerker, but its popularity was no doubt due at least partly to the deep emotional associations so..

05 Aug
2020
Teal fountain and grasses

How to Make a Splash with a Simple Fountain

Our client had a lovely, traditional, brick home in Dawsonville, GA.  The home had some interesting architectural features, including unique stone accents across the front façade and elegant copper gutters and downspouts. But those special details were lost in the view from the curb. They receded into the background because there was nothing to draw..

21 Jul
2020
Initial landscape design concept

Landscape Design Process Brings Creative Visions to Life

If you haven’t worked with a landscape design company before, the design process may seem a little mysterious. Maybe that’s because every project is unique. All kinds of factors—from the size of the job to whether additional professionals or trades need to be brought in—play into what the experience will be like. Adding a flagstone..

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