Bulbs: Invest Now for a Beautiful Spring Display

Nothing says “spring” quite like the emergence of daffodils!  I love how their cheerful yellow faces banish the gloom of winter and announce the hopefulness of sunshine and warmer weather. Although it may be difficult to think spring when the holidays are right around the corner, now is the time to plant these harbingers of spring:  tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth and grape hyacinths. When to plant? Now is the time! To bloom well, spring-flowering bulbs need a cooling period of 12-16 weeks. In the Nashville area, bulbs should be planted in November/December after cold weather is here to stay. I …

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch? Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to being its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly. The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used).

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch? Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to be its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly. The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used). Mulch can be applied in any season and should be installed at least once a year. Some homeowners mulch every six …

Porch Living

“Most people love the outdoor experience, especially when it is easy and comfortable to enjoy,” says David Buffington of Brentwood Interiors. Covered porches are a favored way to enjoy the outdoor world, he says. Overhead shelter makes an outdoor space easier to maintain. Rain isn’t as much of an issue, and it is easier to furnish such a space with deep cushions, deep colors, electronics, and more. “The popularity of outdoor living has fueled the increased availability of stylish outdoor fabrics and rugs,” says Buffington. “Synthetic fabrics have been used for a long time, but today’s fabrics are softer and …

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of your home’s interior space, locallyy0. It serves as a place for entertaining as well as a private sanctuary. “We are seeing many elements in outdoor living spaces that were once relegated to interior space, such as rugs, upholstered seating, pillows, distressed and painted tables, and lamps,” says Sharon Sloan a design partner with Legend Homes. Terry Lawrence with P.M. Lighting, Inc., says homeowners want to extend their time outdoors to make the most of their outdoor living areas. “Professionally designed outdoor lighting systems offer clients a warm and inviting way to entertain …

Planning for Drought – Oakleaf Hydrangea

For years the experts have been telling us about the benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Native plants are those that occur naturally in a regional area. Native species have evolved over time to thrive with biological and physical factors specific to their regions such as soil, climate, and rainfall. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife and help to restore regional landscapes. They generally thrive with the least care and create a sense of place.\ Using native plants promotes wise stewardship of the land and conservation for our natural areas. Native species are …

Find Bliss by Channeling Nature’s Forces

Find Bliss by Channeling Forces of Nature Garden Media, a top home and gardening marketing and public relations company, recently released its 2013-2014 garden trends report which spots a positive trend revealing people are searching ways to be happy. According to the report, people are re-evaluating values, re-defining “happiness” and re-considering how gardening and caring for Mother Nature bring joy and satisfaction.

HHG Gardening Jan/Feb 2012

gardening - school garden

Gardening in the Schoolyard Children sitting in classrooms are still in vacation mode and hard-working teachers are anxious to transmit great academic truths to their desk-bound captives.

gardening compositions – poinsettias

poinsettia white

Several years ago my December consisted of spending 11 days with my new grandbaby, about a week with my momma who was recovering from surgery, a few days at work, and the remainder of the month with my husband’s clan down on the family farm. There was little time for Christmas decorating—I LOVE to have holiday decor out during the holidays—and the thought of not having a cheery, festive look was out of the question. So one afternoon I set out to purchase a large assortment of poinsettias, some fresh greenery, and some gold mesh ribbon and had the house …

elegant hardscapes

teacup Paver Walkway

Value and enjoyability are primary reasons for adding hardscaping to a home, according to area experts. According to Brien DeGryse of Custom Hardscapes, the appearance and low maintenance of hardscaping, as well as the return on investment when selling a home are important factors. Brad Norris of Norris Architecture says that the texture and interest that pavers and hardscaping create is the reason there is continuing interest in the various treatments to which they lend themselves. Norris says the use of local crab orchard stone is gaining popularity again and reports that he likes to utilize pavers and stone in …