The winter months can be such a festive time to transform your outdoor container gardens. In October and November, it's time to make the switch from flowering plants and tropicals to cut boughs arrangements.
We asked our in-house professional florist for tips and tricks on how to create gorgeous winter containers to extend your season and welcome guests to your home.
First, let's talk about your options to get materials:
- Some people prefer to contract with local landscapers for help. This is a great option but be sure to place your order early. The waiting lists are long and understand that you'll pay a premium for that convenience.
- Finding professional grade materials is another hassle. Some hobby and grocery stores carry limited selections, bu
One of the top questions we get asked is how to use trees and shrubs to get more privacy without making your house and yard look like a fortress.
There are so many different challenges modern homeowners face, and plants can solve these problems in a beautiful way. Use plants and hardscape together to create your ultimate backyard oasis.
- Do you want a fast way to completely screen out and block something ugly or a bad view?
- Are you a little “too close for comfort” with a nosy neighbor?
- Are you looking for a soft, breezy way to create a sense of separation, without sacrificing sun or sky views?
- Do you dream of relaxing next to a live, flowering garden wall?
- Are your guests being blown away by harsh winds at your backyard barbeques?
- Do you live on a
The goal of pruning is to improve the overall health and usefulness of a plant:
- Prune to correct broken or damaged branches.
- Prune to remove diseased portions of a plant.
- Prune to control the size and shape of a plant.
- Prune fruit trees to keep it easier to harvest the delicious fruit.
Pruning by the Pros
Plant materials grown by a quality grower will have been pruned correctly from the start, so you shouldn’t need to worry about corrective pruning for a while. A good example is shrubs. Plant nursery staff work to encourage branching lower to the ground, so the plants don’t have voids and aren’t "leggy". For trees, the nurseries prune for nice straight single leaders and uniform, open branching.
Tree Pruning Tips
After you plant your trees, you should pay attention to your plants as they
Have you spied the hottest new garden design trend in your neighborhood? It’s time to start changing out your container gardens to reflect the beauty of each season!
Transforming container gardens at your front door and your patio is easy and fun. Use featured, seasonal plant materials to help you celebrate every season at your home.
Seasonal Container Gardens Make Beautiful Memories
A few weeks ago, we gave you easy tips and tricks for the latest trends in container gardens for the height of the summer season.
How have your container gardens weathered the summer? Perhaps it’s time to do a bit of freshening up of your pots. Some annuals outgrow their space, leaving leggy growth with fewer leaves and limited flowering.
Now is the time to
We would be remiss if we did not mention that Boxwood have been used as trimmed hedges as far back as 4,000 BC, in the gardens of Roman villas. Boxwood have been used in Italy, France, Germany and England - all throughout Europe because it makes incredible clipped hedges.
Boxwood remain wildly popular today.
Their popularity comes from the innate ability to train this plant into many different forms. They were used to create English knot gardens, topiaries, creating pieces of sculpture in the landscape. Boxwood can be easily sheared in to tight forms. The small, rounded leaves are evergreen and remain on the plant year round.
How to Use Boxwood in the Landscape
Not only do Boxwood make classic low hedges-- governing direction and movement through the landscape with the structure they bring – they do so year round because they
Nature Hills grows many different kinds of Cedar trees, one that should work in your area. Traditionally, wood from some Cedar trees is very fragrant and resists decay and it gets used for fence posts, shingles and siding for buildings. It seems that all grandmas had a cedar chest and kept things in that chest that would be protected from bugs getting into it as well.
Wide Selection of Cedar Tree Varieties For Your Garden
Deodar Cedar is a large grower that has arching branches so very graceful in appearance and many times in warmer climates it is used for a living Christmas tree. An elegant evergreen, great in natural groups for screening, or even a specimen as a focal point in your yard or perhaps a potted plant on your patio. Beautiful fine textured silvery gray evergre
Boxwood - sometimes known as Box - has been around for a long time. They were introduced to North America from Europe in the 1600s. There are almost 100 different species and almost 400 different selections that have been made over the years, and the popularity of Boxwood continues today.
Boxwood (Buxus) is a broadleaved evergreen. The small, round green leaves remain on the plant year round. Different Boxwood species can be grown from zones 4 to 9, so when selecting Boxwood for your home, be sure to select the type that will grow where you live.
This fine textured, green-leaved plant is equally attractive year round as it really does not change throughout the seasons. For that reason, they have remained extremely popular in the landscape. They are easy to maintain and can be ma
Nature Hills grows two different species of Arborvitae:
- Thuja occidentalis selections
- Thuja plicata selections
Arborvitae are super-fast growing, make the perfect screening plant, and have plenty of surface area to absorb sound. You have no better way to eliminate ugly views, block some wind, catch some snow, and give you the perfect green backdrop to design around.
Most upright forms of Arborvitae can grow two feet or so each year. There are some globe selections that are rounded and some that have yellow colored foliage. Today we are focusing on the upright forms that are many times used for hedging or screening plants.
The fine textured foliage is born in a flat plane, but the plants are soft and dense, and they make beautiful hedges.
Here are a few tips for keeping your tree fresh while it is in your home for the holiday season.
- You just brought your tree home. While it is still outside, spray all needles with an anti-transpirant like Wilt Stop or Wilt Pruf, or even hairspray works great, to prevent the needles from drying out the day before you bring your tree inside. Spraying the needles prevent them from giving off moisture - instead they will hold the moisture in the tree. Hairspray does work well but remember it is very flammable (like your tree) so keep the spray and the sprayed needles away from flame like you would anyway.
- Make a fresh cut on the bottom of the trunk (even if only removing an inch or two) JUST before bringing the tree into your home.
- Put hot tap water in the reservoir, and add some soda pop or an energy drink. Trees t
Nature Hills offers many different Juniper selections, and the forms vary greatly. If you have a hot, dry, sunny area,we have a Juniper for you. Once established, Junipers require very little additional water in most areas, and care is quite simple. Look at the different Junipers that our nurs