Good news! We don’t have to wait several months for daffodils to bloom to enjoy the beauty of bulbs. During winter’s cool weather, we can get our gardening fix by bringing amaryllis and paper white bulbs indoors to brighten our homes and make the season merrier. Amaryllis plants have large, exotic-looking blooms that vary in shades of red, pink, and white depending on the selection. Paper whites produce clusters of small, white, fragrant blooms.
In The Garden
The chilly weather makes us a little sad that we can’t bite into summer’s juicy, flavorful tomatoes, but we may give thanks that melt-in-your-mouth winter greens are plentiful and here for the pick’n.
Last spring, I stepped into the dark side as I planted the flower border. I looked for plants that had dark burgundy or blackish foliage to combine with annuals and perennials. Echoing these hues throughout the border created repetition, and the dark colors looked nice all summer but really came into play in the fall when mixed with yellow, orange and red flowers and pumpkins. These colors combined to make a Halloween treat.
Fall provides an explosion of color. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John In September, summer blooms collide with fall flowers for an explosion of color. As our night temperatures dip and begin to push away summer’s stifling heat, some of the warm season plants are rejuvenated and look fresh again… Read More
Not just for the lawn, anymore. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John There was a time when using ornamental grasses in a landscape meant planting behemoth pampas grass that grew 10- feet tall and would cut you like a razor when you rubbed against it. Not anymore. Grasses come in many… Read More
Consider the changing landscape. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John Every day a garden changes. It might be subtle, but gardens never stay the same because plants are living, and they grow and die. New leaves unfurl and blooms open and fade daily during the warm season, making each day in the garden… Read More
Not just another pretty flower. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John So many people purchase a plant because they are drawn to the beauty of its flower. It might be the bloom size, shape or color that gets their attention, but often the plant is bought before they read the tag or… Read More
So where do flowers really come from? by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John We are so lucky to live in the Magic City where blooms and fabulous foliage plants grace our gardens and commercial properties throughout the year. Where do all these flower and plants that beautify our town come from? You… Read More
Add a personal touch by making your own garden accessories. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John Over the last few years, we’ve taught hundreds of people how to make their own garden planters. In our after–work classes, we show students the basics of making a hypertufa container. Hyper Who-fa? Hypertufa is a… Read More
Small vignettes create dramatic focal points. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John When we were young our parents would tell us not to “make a scene” as we were beginning to misbehave or throw a tantrum. I’m telling you that it’s okay to make a scene — as long as you do it in… Read More
Water features add a soothing nature to your landscaping. by Charlie Thigpen Photography by Chuck St. John Water is essential for life. Maybe that’s why it’s soothing to hear running water in the garden. I’ve always thought a good garden can be enjoyed for its sounds as well as its sights. If you close your… Read More