Formal Attire Required – Theme Garden Series

If an English Cottage Garden seems a bit unorganized and too informal for you, then bring a little formality into your garden or landscape.  As we continue with our series on theme gardens, formal gardens certainly deserve attention as they have been around for many years. Although we love the cottage garden style, it may […]

Holiday Arrangements & Festive Curb Appeal

I know it’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is not even two weeks away.  Christmas follows soon after with only four weekends in between.  Not much time to get that shopping and decorating finished!  If all of this seems overwhelming, don’t fear! – we can at least help you with your holiday arrangements and spiffing […]

Before You Do It Yourself, Get Some help

We humans have an amazing ability to work the land, build things, sow seed and harvest crops. Because of this natural ability many people have opted to become “do it yourselfers”. Though this notion may seem beneficial economically, practically it can turn into quite the opposite. Don’t get burned by spring fever, it is hard […]

Theme Garden Series – Japanese Gardens

  Theme gardens provide the gardener with a focus  when creating and developing a landscape plan.  It allows the gardener to transform a blank slate into a desired garden style and create a certain atmosphere.  A garden theme guides the design process including the types of plants, garden accessories and structures used.  All of these […]

Fall Gardening Tips

We are well into fall now although you may not be able to tell by the weather we have been having here in Raleigh, NC.  However, we are approaching the middle of October and the leaves are starting to paint the landscape with the beautiful oranges, yellows and reds of fall.  Typically, it’s a great […]

Is Your Garden Environmentally Friendly?

An environmentally friendly garden can incorporate numerous characteristics but some of the ones that Designscapes of NC thinks are easy to consider include creating habitat for pollinators, promoting plant diversity and minimizing water and chemical usage. Incorporating native plants into the landscape is important because they are adapted to the conditions of the area or region.  This means […]

What’s In Bloom – Early Fall Bloomers

What’s in bloom as we transition into fall.   As the weather cools we are welcomed by the magnificent colors of fall. These are some of the early fall bloomers that we are seeing in the Raleigh area: Ornamental Grasses:     Encore Azaleas: Sasanqua Camellias: Perennials:       Autumn Joy Sedum   Asters   […]

Meadow Gardens

Have you driven down Interstate-40 in North Carolina and noticed the beautiful wildflowers blooming along the roadsides?  If, like me, those colorful flowers brighten your day, it might make you want to do something similar in your own garden or landscape. However, if you think it isn’t possible because you don’t have a large tract of […]

Look Before You Leap!

Autumn is just around the corner which brings with it great weather for gardening.  Fall in Raleigh, NC is a perfect time to plant which may tempt you to purchase many of the beautiful fall blooming plants that you see at garden centers or nurseries. It is definitely hard to resist the pretty fall plants!   But […]

An Entertaining Garden

We are at the end of August and Labor Day is upon us which means that we will be getting back to our routines and schedules.  The lazy days of summer filled with vacations, pool time and longer days will soon be coming to a close.  Yet, here in Raleigh, North Carolina our weather tends to remain nice […]

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