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Over the Rainbow – Planting Irises

What a lovely time of year to be writing about irises. https://artofstonegardening.com/perennial-and-shrub-gardens While not harbingers of spring, their colors and beauty represent their namesake, Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Irises come in a rainbow of colors and appear in breathtaking forms. With spring on the very near horizon and growing season behind it, […]

“Mountain Home” wins Silver Georgia Landscape Award for Design/Build/Installation – Residential, Over $150k

Stonework, boulders, retaining walls sautee nacooche ga

Congratulations to Us! Art of Stone Gardening recently won a Silver Award at the 2024 Georgia Landscape Awards GALA, hosted by the Georgia Ag Council. Our category was “Design/Build/Installation – Residential, over $150k. https://urbanagcouncil.com/gala-georgia-landscape-awards/ Crafton Mountain Home: The client asked us to remove improperly selected and placed plant material, and claim underutilized space to create […]

10 Best Practices for an Environmentally Sensitive Site Analysis

Lake Laceola in Cleveland, GA

At Art of Stone Gardening, we approach landscape design with a deep commitment to environmentally sensitive site analysis. This means thoroughly understanding the unique characteristics of each site before making any decisions. Environmentally sensitive site analysis – meaning taking into account the site and it’s environment before buying plants or installing landscapes and hardscapes. The […]

To Prune or not to Prune

Grab those hand saws and sharpen your shears, its pruning season ladies and gentle gardeners. With winter half way through, any and all deciduous plants are well and truly dormant, the ideal time to prune the majority of trees and shrubs. It’s late enough that they won’t try throwing out any new buds, but still early […]

Weary of Weeding? Consider Going to Ground Cover.

Believe it or not, there is a certain subset of the population that enjoysweeding. Many cite its therapeutic benefits like quiet time in the sunshine,listening to the bees and the birds, and the rustle of the wind in the leaves ofthe garden. But let’s face it, having to weed constantly, especially at the peak of […]

Rose Rosette Disease

The Rose has long been considered the most beautiful flower in the world and is often referred to as “The Queen of the Garden.” Its beauty has inspired poets, artists, composers, and lovers the world over — but to have a variety of roses in a garden here in Northeast Georgia can take quite a […]

Art of Water Features

There is nothing quite as Zen as a Koi Pond where the random motion of the fish and the flashes of sunlight off the ripples in the water immediately invite one into a state of tranquility. For this North Georgia Landscaping project, we were tasked with creating a Koi Pond water feature for a client. […]

Flowers In A Rainy Place

A Travelogue of Flowers: Last year, Jason and I visited a beautiful island…Ireland. We spent one week there, bicycling around 150 miles from east to west, across the Emerald Isle. It was rainy and a little chilly (even in June); however, the flowers were spectacular. This is a country that truly loves gardening! We celebrate […]

Brosche Before and After

Stone Entrance

We bought our house in Lumpkin County in 2015 (how time flies), and it had a perfectly serviceable front porch. I loved the open feeling of it, and the size was welcoming. However, as with many porches, (something we often rectify for clients) it had started to sink. As mentioned in previous blogs, if the […]

Sourcing Native Plants: It takes legwork

Before You Shop Before I direct you to some sources for local plants and you go shopping, keep the following points in mind. * Found across much of eastern North America, the Crested Wood Fern likes swamps, swampy woods, or open shrubby wetlands. It is one of hundreds of types of wood ferns, so having […]