Landscape and Garden Design

  1. Floral Designing for Containers & Arrangements With Style!

    Floral Arrangements #ProPlantTips

    It’s not just bouquets anymore! Basic floral design elements extend themselves into container plant design and landscaping as well! Whether you’re designing a window box, a pretty arrangement for your dining table, or a porch planter, all use the same techniques to have your end result looking stylish!

    The elements of design are the style, thrillers and/or focal points, spillers, fillers, proportion, colors, textures and feel, each have their own place in everything. 

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  2. First Editions’ Top Pollinating Plants

    Flowering and native plants are normally purchased for their charm and the allure they bring to a garden. But what most people don’t realize, when purchasing, is their real hidden gem--being pollinator friendly!

    Yes, the newly blossomed flower heads will make your front porch patio look exquisite, but they will also offer a source of nectar and pollen for our natural working friends. It’s a dual purpose worth mentioning! 

    And, for one week out of each year, Nature Hills gets to boast endlessly about our pollinator friendly plants!

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  3. 5 Fantastic Shrubs for the Front Yard (and How to Find More)

    Front yard shrubs in a landscape

    What makes a great front yard shrub? Is it the flowers, foliage, growth habit, height, or some combination of all characteristics?

    Before answering this question, you have to ask yourself what exactly you’re looking for in a front yard shrub. If you’ve just moved into a newly built house, you might be starting with a blank canvas but if you’re looking to fill up a particular spot, some shrubs will work better than others.

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  4. 5 No-Brainer Native Plants For The South

    Southern Natives Blog

    Plants that have adapted to the local climate and the conditions of the soil in areas of where they naturally occur are considered to be native. In a gardener's eyes, these plants are a goldmine!

    With several advantages, including easier overall care, native plants are a prime choice when it comes to adding to a landscape. But where does one begin to decide on which native plants to plant?

    We’ve laid out our top 5 native plant picks for the southern region in this blog so the choice is plain and simple! In the south, the average temperature increases substantially, which means plants have to be able to take the heat, quite literally. 

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  5. Best Ferns For Your Home

    Boston Fern In Living Room

    Best Fern For Your Zone InfographicEveryone longs for a plant that's easy to care for, elegant, and versatile in landscaping. You’ll be relieved to know that this picture-perfect plant is usually sitting right before your eyes.

    Ferns will be your new best friend with their capability to add the perfect dash of elegance to your garden, patio, or indoor living area.

    If you take a nature walk, I’m sure you’ll find these plants everywhere. If you’re looking for one, this is your sign to add those natural beauties to your backyard!

    Whether that be in the mix with your shrubs and roses, in containers near your fa

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  6. #ProPlantTips on Preparing a Feast for Your Pollinators!

    Butterfly on an Aster #ProPlantTips

    With the alarming decline of beneficial pollinators, it is vitally important we support their needs as their native food sources dwindle!

    There are many butterfly host plants and nectar resources for adult butterflies, but few folks realize that you also need to support the larvae too! So many plants are host plants to the young caterpillars and where adults prefer to lay their eggs.

    Between the loss of habitat and higher use of pesticides and pollution in the environment, pickings have become slim for these winged lovelies! Caterpillars cannot travel, so bring the food to them!

    While beautifying

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  7. Must Haves for a Cutting Garden

    Bouquet of Flowers from a Cut Garden

    As a gardener, you often plan your landscape in a very particular way. There must be distinguishable rows full of plants that complement each other from color to bloom season. However, a cutting garden requires an entirely different mindset. 

    Instead of planting what blooms best together at any given point in the season, you’re on the hunt for flowers known for their sheer production capacity. The idea is to grow enough to create mesmerizing bouquets and A LOT of them!

    When picking the perfect cut flower varieties, it’s important to keep in mind the size of the space you’re working with and how you can maximize flower power with

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  8. Top 5 Shrubs for a Windbreak

    You’re at a friend’s house, lounging on the back patio enjoying the sunny spring day

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  9. Get 365 Gorgeous Days With Hardy Container Gardens

    Hardy Container Gardens for All Seasons

    Showcase your style with these easy tips for a dynamic outdoor container garden display that looks amazing throughout the year. It's actually a lot like buying a new couch!

    Here's how to create a stylish setting in winter, spring, summer and fall! Plant your garden containers with perennials and'll have a focal point that performs for you year after year. 

    Go for easy-breezy romantic pink flowers like Hydrangeas and Roses massed on your front porch. Or, enjoy the bright-colored foliage of Japanese Maples trees in large pots near a seating area in part shade.

    Long-lasting hardy perennial

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  10. Windbreak Trees to Plant in Your Landscape

    Windbreak Trees to Plant in Your Landscape

    We’ve all been somewhere that clearly doesn’t have a windbreak, standing around taking the full brunt of whatever the weather has decided to do on any given day. Sometimes that’s a light spring breeze, and other times you’re getting walloped in the face by a full-on windstorm.

    This is why many people will plant rows of trees around the edges of their property. It’ll provide a bit of privacy and it’ll reduce wind and other elements.

    There are a couple of different routes you can take when it comes to planning your perfect windbreak rows. The most obvious choice is to fill your border with conifer trees and evergreen trees. Since they won’t lose their foliage in the winter, they make a great reprieve from cold winter winds.

    It may seem counter-intuitive to plant deciduo

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