We recently installed a series of shade containers for a customer in Chapel Hill. Focusing on contrasting leaf color and texture, we planted a combination of Hosta, Rex Begonia, Gardenia, Aucuba, Heuchera, and Japanese Painted Ferns. Most of these plants are perennials and several will provide year-round evergreen interest. The gardenias even bloom reliably in the shade and offer a fantastic fragrance!
We are excited to offer container design, installation, and maintenance services – give Beth a call at 919.619.4460 to get started on your own container project!
Looking to add year-round color in beautiful container plantings? Beth with Bright Leaf Landscaping is teaching a course at Duke Gardens on Colorful Summer Container Gardens. Beth will take us through two different designs using a combination of evergreen plants along with seasonal interest plants. Each plant builds the color, texture, and seasonality of the planter. The evergreen may be left in place year-round while the other plants are swapped out to freshen the planter each season. The discussion will focus on what to look for in a container, what planting media to use, various plant choices, and then how to plant and maintain your container. Continue reading Container Design with Beth from Bright Leaf Landscaping→
The only plants that were existing when we bought our house in 2009 were a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood), a Redbud (Cercis canadensis), a Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda), and a hedge of Privet (Ligustrum). When redesigning the space, I automatically worked around them because of their maturity, but it wasn’t until the space was complete and being used that I appreciated the level of enclosure they provide.
Almost a year ago I introduced you to a project that I started at my house during the early part of the pandemic. Now I’m back with a reveal of our new and improved backyard space. Read on to learn more about our space!
Many landscape products are marketed to solve your gardening problems. Before you spend money on DIY projects, consider the pros and cons. Read on to learn about some landscape products I don’t recommend and why.
Dried Flower heads are an ornamental highlight to my landscape. I grow a mix of perennials, grasses, and shrubs that I don’t cut back after the flowers are spent. Read on to learn about the plants I use for dried flower heads. Continue reading Plants I Use for Dried Flower Heads→
I always encourage my clients to find garden inspiration without worrying about practicality, at least initially. In my last post, I discussed two gardens that served as inspiration for my backyard Covid Project. La Louve and Jardin Majorelle are both stunning and my next step was to figure out how to translate their styles to my ¼-acre residential lot in Durham, NC. My final source of inspiration includes elements of the larger properties but translated to a scale more relevant to my garden. Read on to learn more. Continue reading My COVID Project – My Inspiration Part 2→
Over the past few months, I’ve introduced you to my backyard and its challenges, but now I’m excited to move on to my inspiration for the space. As someone who has worked in the landscaping industry for over a decade I’ve seen a lot of gardens –many in person, and many many more in gardening publications. Read on to learn about the two that most inspired me. Continue reading My COVID Project – My Inspiration Part 1→