In The Garden: Roses in the Garden

Roses in the Garden Each year the  National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, and one edible for the honor of being selected a “Year of the” crop. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The organization has declared 2017 the Year of the Rose in recognition of its importance. Part of the Rosaceae family (important for the food supply—think apples, strawberries, etc.)—there are more than 150 species of roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens.

Roses in the Garden

Each year the  National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, and one edible for the honor of being selected a “Year of the” crop. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The organization has declared 2017 the Year of the Rose in recognition of its importance. Part of the Rosaceae family (important for the food supply—think apples, strawberries, etc.)—there are more than 150 species of roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens.

In the Garden: Historic Drought of Fall

Beginning in mid-July 2016 and lasting until late December, Middle Tennessee experienced a historic drought. Many yards in the Nashville area did not receive a drop of rain for 4 months. It was so bad that, while doing excavation work in November, our staff dug to 36 inches before we found any moisture in the soil. None of the vegetation in our area is accustomed to surviving in these brutal conditions. Even if you had an irrigation system running, you may find drought damage on your property this spring. Irrigation is designed to supplement natural rainfall, but not completely take …

Outdoor Living

In the past 15 years, homeowners have taken a new look at their outdoor spaces. Today’s private backyard spaces frequently feature covered living space, outdoor kitchens fitted with appliances similar to those found indoors, and upholstered furniture reminiscent of a living room. Doug Franklin of Lynn’s Patio Shop says, “The new outdoor room is the wow factor of the house. The customer who previously may have come in to purchase furniture to go around the pool is now looking for furniture to go under the roof of their outdoor room.” In the past an outdoor pool may have been open …

In The Garden: Plan Ahead for Fall Seeding

Plan Ahead for Fall Seeding: Fall seeding Imay be the most important news for your fescue lawn, although it may still be summer. But now is the time to make plans for fall aerating and seeding lawns in Middle Tennessee. Seeding is the single most important thing you can do to grow a healthy lawn, and it is completely organic! 

In the Garden: Annual Attraction

Annual Attraction Say “flowers” and most people think “annuals.” Of course there are all kinds of flowering plants for residential landscapes. Perennials, vines, shrubs, trees—they all have flowers. However, it is annuals that win everyone’s heart. For many homeowners they are landscape mainstays. Why do we love them? Let’s count the ways.

In the Garden: The Modern Rose: Should You Plant It?

The Modern Rose:  Should You Plant It? For hundreds of years, roses have been the standard by which all other flowers are measured, both in beauty and fragrance. Thanks to new, relatively carefree cultivars, you can add these garden classics to your landscaping with little effort.

Outdoor Living

  Outdoor Living The move of expanding indoor space to the outdoors continues to grow. As part of that trend is the creation of more private areas that are room-like, complete with kitchens and fireplaces, according to Lori Pruitt of Summer Classics Home. Today’s requirements for outdoor spaces are just about the same as those for indoor spaces, according to Gail Adkins of Change-Magic. “We need comfortable seating, adequate surfaces for food and drinks, and good lighting. And if space isn’t covered, then colorful umbrellas are essential,” Adkins says. “Since people are using their outdoor spaces for entertaining, comfort and …

Trees for Tennessee: What you need to know

Tennessee is a wonderful place for trees! Bloom colors of yellow, white, pinks, and purples begin in early spring followed by the lush green of tall canopy trees. Native evergreens provide shelter year around for much of our wildlife. Many cultivars, native and borrowed from other countries, grow well in the Nashville area. Trees are an investment in the future and sometimes live for hundreds of years, so there are a few things you need to consider. Planting time: In Middle Tennessee, fall, winter, and early spring are good times to plant. Wintertime conditions vary in our area. A few …