Custom Pools & Spas

When it comes to getting ready for summer, there’s nothing that says summer more than a pool. From planning to execution, the addition of a pool or pool/hot tub combo makes even the most mundane outside space into something special. When designing or renovating a home, creating spaces for enjoyable outdoor living is just as important as the interiors. Designing a backyard space is as unique to the homeowner as it is to the space. Who will be using the space, adults, children, grandchildren, pets, how will it be used, family fun, entertaining, evenings, what is the property setting, architecture …

Cheekwood Orchids

A blooming orchid is an elegant way to brighten up your home over the winter months, yet the plants remain rather unapproachable to the average home gardener and decorator. Where to find orchids along with credible information about growing orchids is the first step to installing your first potted beauty on that empty kitchen windowsill. Find your first orchid at one of the five places described below and break down the barriers to the unnecessarily elusive plants. Don’t be afraid to buy orchids from the grocery store, unless they’re blue. Bright blue orchids are no more exotic than your third-grader’s …

3 Tips for Caring for Poinsettias

The rich, velvety red and white foliage of poinsettias have become a staple of any holiday display. But there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your plants to keep them looking their best. Understanding the plants’ needs will keep your holiday display healthy all season long. Poinsettias are native to Mexico, and if you have ever vacationed to the Mexican coast over the holidays you likely enjoyed warmer temperatures, sunshine, and minimal rainfall. These are the cultural conditions that your poinsettias need to thrive. Use these three tips as your guide to a successful poinsettia …

How to Turn Your Rubbish into Garden Gold

A Simple Breakdown of Compost: How to Turn Your Rubbish into Garden Gold By Shanna Jones, Plant Collections Manager at Cheekwood Banana peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, leaves. These are a few of my favorite things…to throw into my compost pile. Integrating compost into your garden’s soil is the least expensive, most helpful thing you can do to improve the overall health of your garden. Learn how to start and nourish a simple compost pile, making good use of materials you would otherwise throw away. The Location First, build your rubbish pile directly on the ground, and you can contain it …

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space

(Family Features) Home improvement projects aren’t limited to indoors. In fact, not only can upgrades to areas outside the house expand your livable space, they can also increase your home’s value. Outdoor living projects account for almost one-third of renovation projects, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The findings echo trends reported by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which found 43% of respondents said they designed outdoor kitchens in the past year and 41% expected an increase in outdoor projects in the coming year. “Our clients are asking for entertaining areas, which …

Pollinators The Friends Your Garden Needs

Most of us have a basic understanding of what pollination means, but do we fully understand what a vital force pollination has over the beauty and bounty that surrounds us? Let’s take a look at the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that are endemic to Tennessee by exploring ways in which we can make our gardens more inviting. Pollinators are essential to a garden’s success, which can certainly be measured by beauty, though more quantitatively by a good harvest. These animals and insects of various small sizes are essential to the world’s food supply, responsible for bringing us one out …

3 Perennial Plants that Add Pizzazz

June is Perennial Plant Month, and whether you’re a plant nerd or a novice gardener, perennials are a wonderful addition to any home landscape with their dependability, seasonal versatility, and low maintenance. Perennials also provide nectar, pollen, and nesting materials for pollinators. Here we’ll cover a few perennials that take the cake in performance, bloom longevity, and overall presentation. First up, the peony. These romantic blooms are extremely  hardy and thrive on a proper winter. In order to ensure optimal performing peonies in our region, select early to mid-season varieties over later-blooming varieties. Japanese or single flower forms perform best …

Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started

New survey digs into gardening trends: Tips to get started (BPT) – Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go … and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the “victory gardens” of WWII for growing food during years of rationing. Others reflected societal changes, like the green lawns of the 1950s and 1960s, when families spent more time playing and entertaining in their yards than ever before. If you look further into the past, to the 1920s, you see a trend that’s on the rise again — a yearning for going back …

5 Effective Groundcovers That Combat Weeds

Do you find yourself spending hours on end reading seed catalogs? Must you keep a detailed a map of where you planted all 350 bulbs on your hillside just so you can remember all the different cultivars? No? That’s totally fine – not all of us are plant nerds. Some of us just need answers to common landscape issues. In today’s gardening culture, you will find that the themes are changing. Plants not only provide beauty, barriers, and structure, they can also provide solutions to common landscape and gardening problems. In this article, I address a few of my favorite …