Landscape and Garden Design

  1. 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!

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. #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
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  10. 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

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