Design a Fresh Landscape This Summer

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Does your landscaping need spruced up or perhaps even a complete overhaul this spring? Here are some tips for planning a landscape that will make your neighbors jealous and keep your work to a minimum.

1. Use a weed barrier paper for landscaping

Laying down a layer of weed barrier paper will help choke out the weeds that want to pop up and overtake your flower beds.

2. Don’t skimp on the mulch

Using plenty of mulch (3-4″) will not only keep your flower beds looking nice and fresh, but it will also help control the weeds.

3. Plant a ground cover

Selecting a plant that will grow quickly and fill in the bare spots in your flower bed is another way to reduce weeds, which in turn reduces the time you spend tending your landscaping. The only drawback to a ground cover is that it can be difficult to keep them from taking over your flower beds. It will take some work and attention to keep the ground cover under control.

4. Plant mostly perennials

There are 2 main kinds of plants used in landscaping: annuals and perennials. Biennials come back each spring without needing to be re-planted. Some popular biennials are irises, lilies, daffodils, tulips, and hostas. These plants readily available at your local nursery.

5. Plant annuals in pots

While you will want to use fewer annuals than perennials into your landscaping, the annuals certainly should not be forgotten. An easy way to manage annuals that die off each winter is to plant them in pots. Pots can easily be moved from one flower bed to another, and they are another good way to fill in gaps in your flower beds. A pot can also add a nice pop of color or texture to your landscaping. Some lovely annuals include geraniums, daisies, phlox, and cosmos.

6. Keep all the seasons in mind

While shopping for your plants at your local nursery, be sure to find out when they bloom. You want to be sure to choose plants that will bloom during a variety of seasons. Some flowers bloom in early spring, such as daffodils and tulips while others bloom all summer and into the fall. There are also a few flowers, such as mums, that bloom during late summer and early fall. Incorporating plants that bloom during different seasons will keep your landscaping looking nice all year.

Now you are ready to start your landscaping project! There are plenty of landscaping companies in Indianapolis where I’m at which allows me to execute the ideas I’ve shared here.  Head out to your nearest plant nursery, and enjoy selecting the plants for your new landscaping project.

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Mother’s Day Flower Ideas

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another year, another time to honor all that our Mother’s do for us on their own special holiday!

So just like everyone else, you’re going to get your mom a high-tech security system with all the bells and whistles, because that’s what all moms like, right?

I know I’m not the only one that knows that flowers are the absolute “go-to” when it comes to giving a great mother’s day gift, and we’re going to outline a couple of ways you can really help your floral arrangement stand out in the eyes of your mom!

Follow these three steps, and you’ll be sure to give a great Mother’s Day gift that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your mother’s heart, and has the ability to “grow” with her throughout the years as well!

1 Lose the Vase

Traditionally, it’s a very nice gesture to give flowers and present them in a beautiful vase so that they may stay hydrated and also stand alone on display as a centerpiece or on a coffee table.  This year, ditch the vase and get creative!  At the very least, head over to the garden center of your local Menard’s or Hobby Lobby and find a cool porcelain planter for a few bucks, or get creative and make something cool out of an old skid–the possibilities are endless!

2 Add the edibles

Flowers are great, and they’re bound to win mom over–but why stop there?  Add something edible for mom to enjoy to appease the taste buds!  Find creative ways to incorporate your mother’s favorite snacks and candies into the arrangement to add an extra element of care, and love.

3 Build your own adventure

In all, the main point is to build this thing out yourself–don’t just buy some pre-made hanging basket or potted plant–they’re so typical!  They were made with guidelines in mind that were set by the head of a department thinking numbers, not by a thoughtful son/daughter trying to build the perfect gift for their mother on this special holiday!

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Spruce Up Your Flower Bed

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you looking to plant some beautiful flowers this year to spruce up the decor or your yard or home? Well look no further for some tips on doing so, and some things you might gain for your home that you didn’t even realize. The first key here is to decide what kind of yard you have. Do you have a yard that receives sunlight all day long? 

Or do you perhaps have a yard that has an abundant amount of shade from some mature trees or something similar, casting its shadow?? These two environments may seem similar to us, the people living there, but to local foliage, this difference is the key to letting some flowers bloom beautifully or finding them wounded and wilted.

There are some yards that have some of both of these environments, some daytime sunlight, but evening shade. And this is very common, you can often find plants that need 5-6 hours of daylight but can deal with the shade in the evening and still come in full and healthy. A popular plant in the Indiana region, specifically Indianapolis and Noblesville areas, they tend to have a mild summer for blooming, and not too crazy winter to allow the plant to continue to prosper.

To note however, roses do not always take the shape of a traditional flower, but they instead grow in the form of a bush or small tree. One can then pluck the roses from the tree as they see fit for using inside, or they can continue to let them grow and prosper outdoors. The majority of roses fall into the category of a plant that needs quite a bit of sunshine during the heat of the day, but in the evenings they can deal with shade if it is all they have available. So make sure you really get a good feel for your yard before you decide on a rose bush.

Local ground cover plants can be found in the central Indiana area as well, and they tend to do a great job of prospering in the shady environment that the Indianapolis area land can often grace you with.

Central Indiana often lends itself to a great environment for growing different varieties of plants. But do not try and do too much your first year, get yourself comfortable. It is often a good idea if you are just starting on a flower garden that you start with plants that fit your yard perfectly.

As in, don’t start with plants you aren’t sure of how they will do in your yard. If you observe lots of sunshine, stick to those plants that require lots of sunshine, and if your yard has shade, then by all means start with shade plants. Get a good grasp of what it takes to get any plant started and then start to work your way into some areas that make you a little less sure of how the plant will react.

The whole idea here is to not overwhelm yourself when you are just getting started, take it slow and ease yourself into the green thumb you’re looking for.

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The Difference Between Annuals and Perennials

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’d like to talk to you a little bit about the difference between annuals and perennials. If you’re like me and love to garden, you may be wondering what the difference is between annuals and perennials and if it really matters what you plant.

Well that all depends on what you’re looking to achieve with your garden. There are tons of different flowers and even different variations of the same flower, they key is to not get overwhelmed. Take the time to research what you’re looking for and what you want,  So let’s go ahead and jump right in. Annuals are the flowers that you must plant year after year, or annually.

Some quick examples of flowers like these are impatiens, petunias, marigolds, and begonias just to name a few. These are flowers that you want to plant during the warm seasons, anytime from midspring throughout the summer.  These flowers are great to have during this time because they will give you beautiful colored flowers from the time you plant them all the way through the fall.

Now let’s talk a bit about the perennials. Well perennials are a great asset to have as part of your garden, because with proper planting, love, and some water, these beauties will continue to come back every year and bloom for you.

The difference being that they will not continue to bloom all season long. Perennials are different because they only bloom for a selected amount of time. Once they have bloomed for a month or two, the blooms will fall off, and you will just be left with the green plant that’s there. Salvia, artunesia, and alfalfa are examples of some perennials you could plant around your home, depending on where you live.

These types of plants are often great to be used for ground cover or add texture to your garden, because the green plant will stay there for the entire season and reappear the next year, stronger and fuller than it was before. There are also a few types of flowers such as dianthus which can be confusing, because they come in both annual and perennial varieties depending on which one meets your needs.

So how do you decide whether to use annuals or perennials in your garden? The best answer I can give you is to use some of both. Mix the annuals in around the perennials to add a nice color pattern to your garden. Maybe you could plant the perennials in the back where they can grow taller and fuller with each blooming season, and put the annuals up front so you don’t have as much to plant. Using both varieties will ensure that you have color for the summer seasons and have color coming back next year to start your spring off right.

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