Landscape and Garden Design

  1. Best Botanical for Backyard Birds

    Cardinal in Oak Tree

    For centuries before cities and suburbs began to develop, trees and other plants had been supporting local ecosystems’ key wildlife in many different ways. Be it shelter, a meal or even just some shade on a hot day, the abundance of plants on this green Earth of ours kept the circle of life rolling.

    In modern cities and towns, however, it can be difficult for modern birds to find these sources of food and shelter like they could decades prior. This usually leads to a lack of certain species of birds in an area, or even very sparse populations of these species in general.

    We here at Nature Hills can help bring back the birds to your backyard! Birdwatchers a

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  2. Design Tips For Edible Gardening

    But First, The Basics

    We get it, you’re excited! We are too. However, if this is your first time testing out the gardening waters, let’s not dive straight in to breaking ground. It is important to consider sizing, location, and the soil.

    Fruit and vegetable gardens can be tough to manage, so we recommend starting the size out small with a few plants here and there. Smaller areas are easier to manage and maintain compared to a large overfilling garden.

    Don’t worry, you can still flex your gardening skills without feeling like it has become a chore. And once you have had a season or two of experience, feel free to broaden your gardening horizons.

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  3. Roundup of the Hottest New Blueberries

    Extra extra! Read all about the hottest, newest varieties of blueberries here at Nature Hills. 

    Before you elect to decide that these small blue bundles of joy aren’t your forte, read below and don’t miss a beat in your fruit garden!

    Wait, There Is More Than One Type Of Blueberry?

    Yes! In fact, there are about 5 types that hold the status of most common in the fruit world. Those include Lowbush, Northern Highbush, Southern Highbush, Rabbiteye, and Half-High!

    So now your question is most likely along the lines of  “Which type do I want?” No need to fret, we’ve got it lined out simple for you. 

    Lowbush

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  4. Top Trends In Using Native Plants In Front Yard Landscapes

    If you’re looking for a sign to redo your garden, to add more plants to your landscape, or anything along those lines, then this is it. We’re telling you to use native plants!

    They have it all: soft beauty, environmental benefits, visual interests, even fame. Well, we are working on the fame part, but you can help! Interested in hearing how? Find out below.

    What’s All The Buzz About Native Plants?

    Excellent question! And the answer may be more surprising than you thought. 

    Besides the fact that native plants supply dazzling visual displays within your home and garden, they also have a lot of ot

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  5. Top Flowering Plants To Help Pollinators

    It’s Pollinator Week everybody! And that means it’s an impeccable time to cover the importance of pollination and name off a few favorite plants that prove to be excellent pollinators.

    Looking to make a full-blown Butterfly Garden for local bee and butterfly populations? Or just want to add native plants that are great at attracting beneficial insects for your vegetable garden? Read on.

    First, Why Make Pollinator Friendly Gardens for a Variety of Pollinators?

    About 13 years ago, the U.S. Senate made the step to designate a solid week in June each year to raise more awareness about the declining pollinator populations. It has now grown to be an international celebration!

    Why may

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  6. Small Space Gardening Tips & Tricks

    Small Space Gardening landscape

    Don’t let cramped apartments, downsized yards, or rented homes keep you from growing the garden of your dreams! There are an abundant amount of ways that you can achieve being an urban gardener without a vast amount of planting space. 

    From small fruit/vegetable gardens to growing your favored flowers in compact spaces, we have you covered. Let's get started!

    Start Using Hanging Plants 

    There is no going wrong with adding hanging plants to your mini garden! Saves space? Check. Grows beautiful flowers? Check. A fun DIY project? Check! 

    There are endless possibilities with starting a hanging garden and it is the p

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  7. Top 10 Landscaping Tips for Millennials (& Other Newbies)

    Top 10 Landscaping Tips

    We almost named this blog post “How Not to Kill Your First Landscape”, but at Nature Hills, we like to focus on the positive. Whether you are getting started with Houseplants, live in a cute little condo, or rent/own your first house; caring for plants makes life better. 

    Growing a successful garden is a rewarding experience. However, it can be tough to know where to start, especially if it’s your first time.

    Our 10 helpful tips for developing a successful landscape design will set you up for long-term success. You got this!

    1. Know Your Space

    It might sound strange, but the first thing you need to do ISN'T choose plants. Instead, the first step is to get to know your physical space.

    All plants have special requirements for light, air, and water. Take a loo

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  8. 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

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  9. 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
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  10. 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
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