Planters

Historic garden restored

Renovating and updating, while preserving the charm. The goal of this project was to renovate, restore, and update an historic garden dating back more than a hundred years. Originally begun in 1904, this garden was the subject of several books and the scene of many important parties through the 1920s, ’30s, and early ’40s; think Great Gatsby meets Appalachia. However, …

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Gibbs Landscape Company

Splashy seasonal color

Vibrant colors and textures make an impact. This homeowner enjoys their seasonal color splashed across their yard.  The vibrant contrasting colors with the use of a variety of textures fulfills this homeowner’s objective for their summer display of seasonal color. Then the reality of the summer’s heat and dry spells sets in and makes it a difficult season for the …

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Unique Environmental Landscapes

Re-designed for flow

Small in-town space turned functional. The homeowner had just finished the expansion of their outdoor sunroom and wanted to pull together the back yard to create a more functional garden space. We had previously completed a similar project for her next-door neighbor, so she was familiar with the elements she wanted to incorporate into her project. The yard was poorly sectioned by an …

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Arcoiris Design Gardening - organic herb garden

Organic herb garden

Inviting herb garden close to the kitchen.   The 460 sq. ft. area that would become an organic herb garden had construction soil full of stones and pieces of concrete. We removed all of the soil to a depth of two feet and built new soil with organic soil amendments, organic local soil, and worm humus. We then used an …

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King Landscaping

Big ideas for small spaces

Make your outdoor living space cozy, creative, and connected. You don’t need a big yard to have an inviting space that beckons you and your family outdoors. Think “cozy,” “creative,” and “connected.” Q: What’s the definition of a small space? A: I consider a small space backyard garden to be no bigger than the footprint of the house. It’s usually …

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Mahonia Soft Caress

Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

UAC member, ItSaul Plants, wins top prize. Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ PP#20183, a plant bred by Ozzie Johnson of ItSaul Plants is awarded 2013 Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, England. Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ is a compact evergreen shrub that can be used in containers as well as shady landscapes. Gardeners know the common Mahonia which …

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Growing outdoor walls and floors

Vines and groundcovers for the southern garden. When I think about vines and groundcovers, I remember my favorite childhood book — “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s the story of Mary Lennox, a not-too-nice orphaned girl who is sent to live with her uncle in England. She discovers an overgrown and neglected garden that is locked behind an …

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Southern grapes for southern gardens

Choose the best grapes to grow in your garden. Growing up in an Italian family, my mother would reminisce about my grandfather’s grape vines and the annual ritual of stomping on the grapes to make wine in the basement. While this memory always brought to mind a favorite “I Love Lucy” episode with Lucy and Ethel in traditional Italian garb …

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Spice up your life with herbs

Grow your own herbs for freshness and flavor. If you’ve ever worked in the kitchen of a fine restaurant, you know that professional chefs demand and accept from their suppliers only the freshest fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices available. They recognize that the degree of freshness of these products has a tremendous impact on the dishes that they create. In …

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The awful truth about roses

Choose wisely to minimize problems with roses. Want to know the awful truth about roses? They are a lot of work—if you don’t choose the right ones!  With our mild winters and balmy spring and autumn weather, Atlanta’s climate seems ideal for successful rose gardening. It would be, if not for the summertime.  Unfortunately, our hot, humid summers provide the …

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