Small Space Gardening

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, Spring, Small Space Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Small Space Garden DesignIf you only have a small outdoor space, you still have plenty of options for creating a garden or landscape that you can enjoy.  There are plenty of plants and landscape designs that will add interest to a patio, courtyard or small yard.  It is still possible to create an intimate space for outdoor living enjoyment.  Imagine a nice sitting area tucked into a secret garden nook or a courtyard or patio surrounded with colorful plants and interesting foliage.  Of course, the type of garden or landscaping depends on your needs and desires.  One thing to remember is to choose plants that are an appropriate size for the area.  It is important not to select plants that are too large that will overwhelm the area or compete with other plants or garden features for space.

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, Spring, Small Space Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Small Space Garden DesignAdding a border along the perimeter of a courtyard or going vertical with a trellis or pergola is a great way to bring the garden into this type of living domain.  Containers can go a long way too and you can easily fill them with plants that will certainly add interest to the space.  Creating a landscape design for a small yard can be an enjoyable experience.  One thing about having a smaller palette to work with is that it should require fewer and smaller plants than a large yard or landscape.  This makes it easier too, if you have a limited budget, to install all the plants at the initial installation rather than completing it in stages.  Another advantage is not having to wait for plants to grow and fill in your garden or landscape.   Thus, it can be simpler to transform a small garden space from a plain slate into a lush landscape or outdoor living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, Spring, Small Space Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Small Space Garden DesignDesignscapes of NC can help design and install a garden or landscape for smaller spaces in the Raleigh area.  We are knowledgeable about the types of plants that grow well in Raleigh, NC and which ones are best suited for smaller spaces.  If we can help, please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Been Mooned?

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Fragrant Flowers, Scents of Spring, Scents of Summer, Senses, Sensory Gardens, Moonlight Gardens, MoonlightA moonlight garden adds a sense of wonder to nighttime outdoor living.  Garden interest from dusk throughout the night sky until dawn can turn a moonlight stroll, outdoor dining experience or nighttime swim into a magical or mysterious evening.

 

Moonlight gardens focus on plants that showcase blooms, textures and silhouettes from dusk throughout the moonlight hours.  They don’t necessarily include only plants that bloom at nighttime but can include foliage that make the flowers stand out.  Typically, white or light colored flowering plants stand out better under a moonlit sky. So including dark foliage as a backdrop for these white night bloomers will only increase their impact.  Yet, dark foliage is not a requirement.  Leaves that are frosty or silvery in the daytime like Lambs Ear or Dusty Miller will glimmer under the moonlight and offer that extra shimmer.  That twinkle is what helps to turn your garden into a magical oasis.  

 

 

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Filling the nighttime air with fragrance contributes to creating a peaceful atmosphere.  For instance, a whiff of sweet smelling Confederate Jasmine or Gardenia that tantalizes our senses can create a feeling of calm and relaxation.  Fragrance can also evoke good memories such as those from childhood or it can remind us of a special vacation spot.  It allows us to escape from the daily stresses, if only for a short time.  White shrub roses like ‘Iceberg’ pack a pleasantly powerful scent and Garden Phlox ‘David’ will also deliver a fragrant treat.

We can design and install a moonlight garden for your Raleigh garden or landscape.  Call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

Revive and Rejuvenate For More Flower Power

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Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Fragrant Flowers, Scents of Spring, Scents of Summer, Senses, Sensory Gardens, Fountain, Water FeatureDeadheading may not be necessary for all species but some species will often re-bloom once the spent flowers are removed.  The flowers on some of the more modern cultivars that don’t require deadheading will disappear rather quickly.  A few of the plants that are common in the Raleigh landscaping area that will benefit from deadheading include petunias, marigolds, salvia, zinnias, geraniums, coleus, hydrangeas and drift roses.  Pruning or cutting back those spindly or leggy plants can also serve to rejuvenate your garden’s appearance.  Some plants that can benefit from being cut back or pruned are butterfly bush, impatiens, knock out roses and guara.  This will help keep a tidy appearance as well as promote a new flush of growth and blooms.

 

 

Some other summer maintenance tips for your landscape or garden that Designscapes of NC recommends include:

  • Staking taller plants that are leggy or need support to stay upright.   This can ensure that those beautiful blooms don’t droop.
  • Stay on top of the weeding!  Do not let the weeds get out of control as they will not only lead to an unsightly appearance but will also compete with your flowers for water and nutrients.
  • Adding mulch will help conserve moisture and prevent weeds.
  • Water!  – You will want to soak the soil when it becomes dry.

We hope you are enjoying the warm weather and long days of summer!

If you need help you with your garden or landscape, call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

Attracting Hummingbirds

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Fragrant Flowers, Scents of Spring, Scents of Summer, Senses, Sensory Gardens, Fountain, Water FeatureHummingbirds are an important link in the pollination process which is important to our food supply.   Just like the bees, butterflies, bats and other types of birds that visit our gardens, hummingbirds require nectar to survive.  It is important now more than ever for us (humans) to do our part to maintain a healthy ecosystem.  Making sure that our pollinator friends have the proper plants that they need to survive is our responsibility.  With several species of bees now on the endangered species list, it is essential that we grow plants that provide pollen and nectar for the bees as well as for pollinators like hummingbirds.  Although the decline of the bees is thought to be attributable to parasites, diseases  and exposure to pesticides, development and climate change are contributing to the changing hummingbird-friendly habitat.

Nectar makes up 90% of  the hummingbirds’ diet and they eat up to several times their weight in nectar every day.  They are fascinating to watch as they hover like helicopters extracting nectar from flowers with their long bills.  So it is essential that we select nectar-rich flowering plants.  It doesn’t matter if you have a large area to work with or not much space at all.  It’s easy to grow flowering plants in containers for these hummers.  Just be sure to have a selection that blooms at different times of the year to provide them with a steady supply of food.

These unique fluttering dynamos are most attracted to red and orange tubular plants as well as native plants that are rich in nectar. Some hummingbird attractors include honeysuckle, bee balm, begonia, butterfly weed, columbine, lantana, foxglove, crape myrtle, cardinal flower, lilies, phlox, gladiolus, penstemon, and salvia.  However, it is best to select plants that are natives and/or those that do best in the Raleigh area.  Some other tips to attract hummingbirds include:

  • Providing a source of water from a fountain or misting device because hummingbirds like to bathe frequently.
  • Eliminate the use of pesticides.  Hummingbirds require protein from insects.
  • Provide them with branches to perch on and habitat like shrubbery for shelter.

We would love to assist you with a hummingbird friendly garden or landscape.  Call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

Coming to Your Senses

Gardens and landscapes are a powerful tool that can impact our physical, emotional and mental health.  They offer something for all of our senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and sound.  A garden or landscape can be filled with colors, scents and textures that can tantalize our sense of smell, invigorate our psyche or mood with the sight of colorful flowers, and incorporate warm and inviting textures that entice us.  They can also calm our state of mind through sounds with man-made structures such as a water feature or wind chimes as well as with natural elements like the swaying of ornamental grasses.  Certainly, a garden can appeal to our taste buds with edible plants.  It is a great way for children to develop their senses, and for adults to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life.  Of course, it is a healthy way for everyone to get outside and explore the environment.

The Designscapes team offers a few suggestions below for your Raleigh garden or landscape that will appeal to the different senses.

Taste

Blueberries

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Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touch

Lamb’s Ear

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Lamb’s Ear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower plumes from ornamental grasses

 

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Globosa Nana Cryptomeria – soft needles

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Sound

Babbling Brook

Pond

Waterfall

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Bubbling Fountains

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Smell

Butterfly Bush

 

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Winter Daphne

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Gardenia

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Sight

Variegated Foliage

Miss Lemon Abelia

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Aucuba

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Different shades of green foliage

Purple Loropetelum

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Red Nandina

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Berries

Hollies

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Beautyberry

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We can help design a landscape that incorporates these elements.  Just give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

Summertime and Roses

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Fragrant Flowers, Scents of Spring, Springtime, RosesSummertime brings warm sunshine, long days, iced tea, and ROSES!   Roses bring a colorful and fragrant display to summer that tantalizes the senses and can brighten our mood.  The multitude of colors and varieties to choose from is exciting!  And the many different types of roses means the possibilities are endless in the garden or landscape!  Roses can serve many purposes in a landscape depending on the type of rose planted.  They can be used as hedges or as a screen, as a specimen plant, on arbors, fences and trellises, or planted in mass in beds and even as a ground cover.  The different rose types typically fall into the categories of hybrid tea, shrub, floribunda, grandiflora, climbing and miniature.

 

Planting Tips:

Roses need 6-8 hours of full sun, good air circulation and plenty of organic matter.  Ideally, siting roses where they will receive morning sun and afternoon shade is best.  This deters disease by allowing time for the flower buds and foliage to dry.  Roses also require good drainage as they do not like to sit in water or get their feet wet.  Rich loose soil is best.  In poorly drained gardens, installing raised beds may be necessary. However, they do need to be watered regularly and the roots do need a weekly soaking.  Installing a soaker hose may be a good solution as this will provide the root system a good supply of water while keeping the petals dry.  It’s also important to dig the planting hole large enough to allow the roots to spread.

 

 

Special Mention:

If you don’t think that you have a green thumb or you just want to kick back and relax in summer, there is a solution.  Some of the easy to grow and care for roses are the Knock Out and Drift Roses.  They are very disease resistant which can make a gardener’s life easy.  These roses come in single and double blooms which bloom about every 5-6 weeks throughout the summer.  The knock-outs can reach about 3-4 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Fragrant Flowers, Scents of Spring, Springtime, RosesThe Drift Roses or Shrub Roses have a mounded to spreading growth habit and are a lower growing rose.  They are actually a cross between the miniature rose and the groundcover rose.  These repeat bloomers flower throughout the summer and come in an array of colors in either single or double blooms.   A few of Designscapes favorites are listed below.

Coral Drift – This rose displays coral-orange flowers over a compact spreading habit.  Blooms from spring until frost.

Red Drift – The red flowers have a compact spreading habit that bloom from spring until frost.

Amber Flower Carpet – Displays light orange flowers that fade to a peachy pink and bloom from spring through fall.

Pink Supreme Flower Carpet – Dark pink flowers that bloom throughout summer.  This summer bloomer has a dense habit with dark green foliage.

If you would like to plan a rose garden for your new or existing landscape, please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

Edible Gardens

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Landscaping, Insects, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh Landscaping, early spring, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable Gardens, Figs, Edible Gardens, BlueberriesEdible plants are a great way to supplement your existing garden or landscape.  They can be incorporated into the landscape in place of ornamental plants or in a separate area specifically for edibles such as a kitchen garden or raised beds.  There is a lot of satisfaction in growing your own food.  Just knowing that you cultivated the food that is on your plate can give you a sense of accomplishment as well as save you a few pennies at the market.  It’s also a healthy and fun activity for all ages, and is actually something that you can do as a family.  Involving everyone in the planning stage, all the way through to deciding what recipe you will use is great way to increase family together time.  Additionally, you can control the kinds of pesticides and herbicides used and, in turn,  know exactly what is on your plate.

If you have a hard time deciding what to grow, just be sure to select plants that will grow well in the Raleigh, NC area.  Also, the size of your garden or landscape will play into what to grow.  Some fruits and vegetables can also be grown in containers as well as vertically on trellises which is something to consider if you are limited on space.  Herbs are a great way to get an edible garden started.  They are easy to grow in beds and/or containers.  And, who doesn’t love fresh herbs like mint, basil, oregano, and rosemary!

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Landscaping, Insects, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh Landscaping, early spring, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable Gardens, Figs, Edible Gardens, BlueberriesGrowing your own tomatoes gives you the chance to try some different varieties that may not be readily available at the local grocery store or farmers market.  Squash and zucchini love summer here in NC and so do those delicious melons that are great for a snack, smoothies, cold soups, and as a healthy addition to any meal.  Blueberries and figs are also wonderful additions to the landscape.  Just keep in mind that blueberries do require a more acidic soil than most plants.  Figs also thrive here in North Carolina and the local Raleigh area.  They do need about eight hours of full sun so keep this in mind when designing your garden.  Celeste’ and ‘Brown Turkey’ are the most common varieties planted here.  ‘Celeste’ bears a sweet fruit that is a small purplish brown.  ‘Brown Turkey’ is the favorite for preserves and produces a larger, reddish brown fruit.

Summer is a great time to try some edibles in your garden.  If we can assist you in designing and installing an edible garden, please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

Terrific Tomatoes!

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Landscaping, Insects, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh Landscaping, early spring, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable GardensTomatoes are a great choice to add to vegetable gardens because they can be grown in small areas, containers and raised beds.  There are so many types to choose from such as cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, slicing tomatoes and grape tomatoes.  They come in red, green, yellow, orange and purple and are a good source of Vitamin A and C, folic acid and a variety of other anti-oxidants and nutrients including lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-lipoic acid.  Tomatoes are also a good dietary choice because they are low in carbohydrates, fats and sugars.  These are just some of the reasons we think tomatoes are terrific!   And who doesn’t like a good mater sandwich in the summer?

Any gardener can grow tomatoes with the right growing conditions but here are a few tips from the DesignScapes of NC team to get you started:

Tomatoes are either determinate or indeterminate.  Determinate tomato plants usually only grow four to five feet tall and set their fruit all at one time.  Indeterminate tomato plants grow all season and produce fruit throughout the season.  Indeterminate tomatoes can grow to six feet and higher.  These will require good staking or a heavy-duty cage.  So, you will want to take this into consideration when selecting the type of plants that are best suitable for your garden, raised beds or pots.

You will want to space the plants that are in the same row, 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart and space the rows 3 – 4 feet apart.  Tomato plants need to be planted deep enough to allow the root ball or the peat pot to be covered with 1 inch of soil.  Adding compost, peat moss or other types of organic matter to sandy and clay soil types is best.  The planting hole will need to have good drainage as tomatoes do not like to sit in standing water.  They may die if they sit in water for several hours.  If you are planning on growing tomatoes in pots, providing good drainage is key.  However, you will also need to make sure that the plants get adequate water especially on hot days. It may be necessary to water daily in particularly hot growing areas like we can experience here in Raleigh, NC.  Adding mulch will also help to conserve moisture.  Using a high quality planting mix and providing good support such as stakes, cages or a trellis are also essential.  Tomato plants can grow pretty tall and wide and can’t support themselves.

If you are going to give growing tomatoes a try, there are varieties that do better in the south.  Heirloom varieties that are best for the south include ‘German Johnson’, ‘Cherokee Purple’, ‘Marglobe’, and ‘Homestead’.   ‘Celebrity’, ‘Better Boy’ and ‘Early Girl’ are the hybrids that grow best in south.  So, enjoy summer and enjoy dining on those home-grown tomatoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Spending Money Makes Cents

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringAre you looking to increase the value of your property?  Or do you just want to add some curb appeal or a garden design for your own enjoyment?  Whatever the case may be, there is no doubt that adding landscaping only increases the appeal and value of your home.  “Curb Appeal” can make your home more inviting and pleasing to the eye.  It creates that important first impression giving the onlooker or guest a certain feeling when they arrive at your house for the first time.  It can also give you, the homeowner, a refuge from the everyday stresses.

For instance, some people want to feel as if they have arrived at a cozy cottage, or maybe at a tropical oasis.  Others may want a more formal or traditional garden.  Nevertheless, a garden can serve as an extension of your home, and allow you to increase your outdoor living time during comfortable weather months.  If you are unsure of how to proceed in deciding on a design, a good rule of thumb is to go with a landscape plan that matches the architectural style of your home.    Incorporating hardscaping features in your landscape will also increase the use of your outdoor space as well as the value of your home.  Adding a patio, water feature, arbor, or garden path adds interest and function to your landscaping.

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringWhatever your desired outcome, it is important to take the size of the house and property into consideration when designing a plan. You don’t want the landscaping to overwhelm the house or be too minimal that it creates no affect at all.  In addition, creating a high maintenance landscape may also be undesirable if you don’t have the time to maintain it.  A professional comprehensive plan will provide you with a landscape or garden that is appropriate in style, features, size and plantings for your home.

However, creating a certain theme or adding hardscaping may not be in your plans or budget.  Or, you may be putting your house on the market and don’t want to make a huge investment.  Do not fear!  You do not have to undertake an elaborate transformation to create curb appeal or to add value to your home.  Simply adding mulch, edging, tidying up your plants and plant beds, adding a few plants to accent your home, or removing overgrown plants can go a long way to improving the appeal of your home and property.

According to the National Association of Realtors, upgrading landscaping can increase a home’s overall value from 10 – 12  percent (varies from state to state)  https://www.nar.realtor/ .  Attractive landscaping can also differentiate a home in neighborhoods that consist of houses that are similar in style thus, making it more appealing to buyers.

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringIf you need help creating “curb appeal” either with a new garden design and installation or just some sprucing up, the DesignScapes of NC team would love to help.  Call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plentiful Peonies

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Peonies

Have you ever wondered how to have plentiful peony blooms in the South?  Well, there are some varieties that do better in warmer climates like we have here in Raleigh, NC.  Peonies are great for borders, hedges and as cut flowers.  And Oh!, How we love those beautiful peony blooms in our gardens and in our flower arrangements!  Peonies come in a variety of colors including pink, red, white and yellow.  The foliage remains a clump of glossy, green leaves all summer after the blooms are gone.  The foliage then turns a purplish or gold color in the fall.

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Fragrant Flowers, Peony, Peonies, SpringFor the best blooms, plant your peonies in full sun and well drained, fertile soil.  Mix in compost for sandy or heavy soils.  Typically, peonies like cold winters because they need a certain number of chilling hours, and they only need to be lightly mulched as they do not like to be smothered.   However, choosing early blooming varieties is the best choice for the South.  Some of the varieties that DesignScapes of NC likes are listed below.

 

 

 

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Sarah Bernhardt Peony

Sarah Bernhardt produces double, shell pink flowers.  It reaches about 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. Sarah Bernhardt is considered a late bloomer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karl Rosenfield Peony

Karl Rosenfield displays large, double red flowers.  This is a mid-season bloomer that reaches about 2 feet wide and approximately 3-4 feet high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Peony, Peonies, Spring, Festiva Maxima Peony

Festiva Maxima Peony

Festiva Maxima produces large, fragrant, double white flowers splashed with flecks of red.  This is an early to mid-season bloomer and reaches approximately 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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