Landscape and Garden Design

  1. Gain Big Benefits with Biodiversity from Mixed Plantings

    Create a biodiverse planting with help from Nature Hills

    Biodiversity (n). the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.

    Most of us think of our gardens as peaceful places to spend time and quite literally “smell the flowers,” but what if our gardens brought us a little closer to nature?

    Biodiversity in the garden is a hot trend; the result of a crossover between gardening and ecology. Biodiverse gardens, also known as cottage gardens, wildlife gardens or mixed plantings, are all about bringing back a little more “nature” into our lives.

    Unlike traditional gardens that may have five or fewer species, these nature-based gardens boast a dozen or more species. Everything is all planted together in a way that mimics their natural habitat.

    As a result, the plants in these gardens are much more resistant to comm

    Read more »
  2. How To Use Accent Plants In A Landscape Plan

    Gorgeous Accent Plants from Nature Hills

    When it comes to curb and garden appeal, you can’t go wrong with an accent plant. These stand-alone or small grouping of plants are meant to draw the eye and provide a focal point in your garden. Adding accent plants to your yard is a great way to enhance visual appeal and make a lasting impression.

    What is an Accent Plant?

    As the name indicates, an accent plant is a shrub or tree with interesting characteristics that is placed to highlight your yard or garden. These are showstopper plants that offer some serious “wow” factor, from showy flowers, to bright fall foliage and unique form. 

    Benefits of Accent Plants

    There are many reasons to incorporate accent plants into your landscape. Consider this:

    • Visual impact. Accent plants help break up areas of repetitive textu
    Read more »
  3. Top 20 "Thriller" Plants for Fall and Winter Container Gardens

    Shop Nature Hills for fall and winter container plants

    Here are the Top 20 “Thriller” plants to adorn your front entrance this fall. Decorate them for the holiday season and enjoy them all winter long!

    20 Castle Wall Blue Holly Pyramidal Topiary Zones 5 - 7
    19 Castle Wall® Blue Holly Zones 5 - 7
    18 Soft Serve® False Cypress Zones 5 - 7
    17 Green Mountain Boxwood Zones 5 - 8
    Read more »
  4. Install a Rain Garden to Improve Water Quality

    Put plants to work in a Rain Garden

    If you have trouble with water runoff damaging your garden, or you just want to do your part to protect your local rivers, then you'll want to explore creating a rain garden.

    Rain gardens are a beautiful and practical way to control storm water runoff. They are simply a garden planted in a depression at the base of a slope that collects and holds rainwater, allowing it to slowly seep into the ground, rather than flow into roads and waterways. These are not ponds or even swampy areas. In fact, a well-made rain garden is designed to drain excess water in less than two days (which is good news if mosquitoes are a problem).

    They are so effective, and so beneficial for stormwater management and improving water quality, that some homes can earn tax breaks for creating one.

    Benefits of Rain Gardens

    The primary benefit is its ability

    Read more »
  5. How To Design A Marvelous Shade Garden

    Create a marvelous shade garden with help from Nature Hills

    If your landscape has mature shade trees, faces north, or only receives direct sun a few hours a day, you're on the right blog post! Read on to discover how to design the perfect shade garden and fall in love with your low-light backyard again.

    Think shade gardens are colorless and boring? Think again! A carefully planned full shade garden can be just as interesting as a sunny garden, with the added benefit of being enjoyably cool during warm summer days.

    Garden design for shady spots can vary quite a bit, depending on the type of shade you have. You'll also need to understand the micro-climates found in your yard.

    Types of Shade

    Read more »
  6. #ProPlantTips For Low Maintenance Landscaping

    Plant a low maintenance garden with help from Nature Hills

    Many of us struggle to grow a beautiful (but high maintenance) garden. Between work, family and other responsibilities, it’s simply hard to find the time.

    Rather than let your garden fall by the wayside, consider making some small changes to save you time and hassle in the long run. Use these low maintenance landscaping tips, so you can spend more time enjoying your garden, and less time maintaining it.

    Low Maintenance Landscaping Tips & Strategies

    Use mulch

    Mulch is a must-have for a successful, low maintenance garden. It looks great, and gives garden beds a nice, finished look, but it does so much more:

    • Mulch helps prevent weeds
    • Mulch acts like a blanket, insulating plants from extreme heat and cold
    • Mulch keeps moisture i
    Read more »
  7. Create Beautifully Useful Pollinator Gardens

    Nature Hills Pollinator Gardens

    Happy Pollinator Week!

    It’s Pollinator Week, so we have put together a special plant collection of wonderful pollinator-friendly natives and nativars for you. Our horticultural team is  always on the hunt for plants that provide food and shelter for these critical insects and animals.  

    If you’ve heard the buzz about declining bee populations, you probably want more information on easy ways you can help. At Nature Hills, we love plants of all shapes and sizes, but flowering and fruiting plants hold a very special place in our hearts.

    To help celebrate National Pollinator Week, we’ve also put this informative article together for you. In it, you’ll find some easy ways you can improve habitat by creating gardens and landscapes that in

    Read more »
  8. Enjoy Homegrown Fruit in an Edible Landscape

    Homegrown cherries share with your family

    Today more than ever, people across the country are growing their own fruit. There are many reasons for this, and we applaud the effort!

    Nature Hills growers deliver backyard orchards with commercial orchard-grade, vigorous fruit trees and bushes. Our fruit trees produce fruit for cooking, baking, or fresh eating straight from the tree.

    There is nothing like reaching out and picking fruit from your very own plant. And one of the coolest things is that we offer a wide mix on the site.

    You’ll see beloved modern cultivars like ‘Honeycrisp Apple’ (yes, the kind you see on grocery store shelves). But you’ll also get a chance to try the more unusual heirloom varieties, like the astounding ‘Mutsu Apple

    Read more »
  9. Top 5 Most Popular Privacy Trees

    Create a beautiful sense of privacy with plants from Nature Hills

    Nature Hills offers a wide variety of plants that will effectively screen a view for you. But which is the RIGHT tree for you? Well, take a look at our "Top 5" selections to get a sense of what other homeowners have used very successfully.

    Need More Help Deciding?

    Email our plant experts at [email protected]. We'd love to learn more about your unique situation. What are your goals, and what characteristics does your property have? 

    Privacy isn't always limited to fast-growing Evergreen tree selections, either. Flowering trees and shrubs

    Read more »
  10. How to Make a Dog-Friendly Backyard

    Protect your dog with these dog-friendly plants and landscaping ideas

    Pets and gardens have the reputation of being a bad mix, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Follow these dog-friendly gardening tips to keep your pet - and your plants - safe and happy.

    A dog-friendly garden doesn’t have to compromise on beauty, but there are some things to consider when landscaping an area that your furry friend can access.

    Dogs want to run and play in your yard. Protect your plants with thoughtful dog-friendly garden designFirst, you need to consider your dog’s temperament and physical needs. Is your dog older and calm, or a high energy puppy? Do they have a history of jumping or digging? Also think about what your dog likes

    Read more »
Page