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Mystery Plant Death

root rot in shrubs Gainesville, GA

We were at a home where the owner asked us to replace one of their dead goshiki osmanthus. It was in a grouping of three by the front of the home. I wanted to know why it died and the other two were thriving… was it nutrition? Was it a disease? What could be done […]

Beautiful Blue Trees Used in Landscaping Design in North Georgia

I recently had a call from Andy Kinsey at Kinsey Family Farm about a new shipment of blue trees. As my readers know, I prefer using native plants and trees in landscaping design in North Georgia, but I have a special place in my heart and garden for conifers. Conifers are trees that bear their seeds […]

Designing Landscapes That Last

Recently, I read a blog posted by another arborist titled ‘Deforestation by Design’. His premise was that by planting the wrong plants, in the wrong way, and in the wrong place, we are essentially deforesting our landscapes. Or ensuring that we will have to plant again much sooner than if we did it right the […]

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 […]

Invasive Grasses: A Burning Issue

A week or so ago, we all watched in horror as wildfires consumed the area around Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. What is often thought of as lush and tropical went up in flames in a matter of minutes and turned into a blazing inferno. How could this have happened? Sadly, it […]

How to Maintain a Clean Pond

Remember a few months ago when we wrote about building a pond, and how lovely and Zen it can be? Well, a pond with dirty water is definitely not Zen. We want your pond to be Zen all the time, so here are some tips on dealing with a water feature where the water isn’t […]

Made in the Shade

Ah, shade. Especially at this time of year we humans love the shade. Cool respite from the sun relaxes us and creates such beauty in the world. However, our plant friends have different preferences for sun. Some like it sunny, some like it shady. http://artofstonegardening.com/garden-landscape-install. Here in the Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont there is a […]

Saving Water One Drop At A Time

Cisterns: We have a client who challenges us with her visions. We have worked with her for years, and she still comes up with new dreams for how she wants to live in her Lumpkin County home. In 2020, we shared with you the story of replacing her lawn with perennials. http://artofstonegardening.com/the-path-from-lawn-to-wonderland. She is interested […]

For the Love of Cooking

The Clarkson’s house in Hall County, GA sits on a high bluff overlooking Lake Lanier. The lake side of the lot is steep, the front approach to the house is level. It is a two-story, contemporary style house, probably built in the 1980s. Additions have been made to it over time. The husband’s passion for […]

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 […]