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Favorite Flowering Shrubs for Greensboro

I have several favorites and Limelight Hydrangea and Wine and Roses Weigela are two of them. In order to make the list of favorites I look at overall form, length of bloom, pest problems,water requirements and general maintenance.

For larger properties, Limelight Hydrangea is a must have in the landscape.

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Limelight Hydrangeas grow to 8 feet around in part sun and prefer some shade from afternoon sun. Chartreuse cone-shaped blooms fill the plant in mid-summer and remain on the shrub until autumn when the color changes to a pinkish rose. If planted in good composted soil, once established, requires minimal water during dry periods. It makes a great specimen plant or hedge. This shrub is mostly pest free,  but if insects are noticed, just spray them with a powerful dose of water.

Wine and Roses Weigela is a smaller shrub growing 4-5 feet around with great impact. It blooms from April to June with deep fuchsia pink flowers that hummingbirds love. When planted in full sun the foliage retains its deep purple coloration and is a pest free plant. The stunning foliage combines well when planted adjacent to light green colored plants like Emerald n Gold Euonymous or Golden Barberry.

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This shrub has a round upright growing habit and works well towards the rear of a perennial bed or in a mixed shrub border.

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cornerstone-garden1 Visit Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt 414-B State St from Thursday through Saturday 11-3:30. Diana is a certified landscape designer providing landscape plans, installations and consultations.

 

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Longest Blooming Landscape Plants

Who doesn’t like plants to bloom for weeks on end. Here are some of my favorites.

Best Blooms for Your Buck-Top 10 Plants  

All plant material have their place within our landscapes, but some yield more than just long flowering periods including winter interest, fall color and other ornamental value. Below is a list of plants recommended with more value for Triad gardens of zone 7.

Perennials are those plants coming back year after year being planted only once. Clara Curtis Mums are a delight for informal landscapes with soft pink blooms from spring until late summer. They are drought tolerate, deer resistant, attract butterflies and a great cutting flower. Walker’s Low Catnip has violet spiked flowers with a mounding habit ideal for rock walls. They do well cascading over planters, are drought tolerate and rabbit resistant. Gaura or the common name, Whirling Butterflies is extremely drought tolerate with its delicate flowers resembling small butterflies. This plant does not like to be transplanted and will be happy in full sun in the back of perennial borders with pink or white blooms swaying in the breeze. Heuchera, or the common name Coral Bells are for shady gardens and planted mainly for its undulating foliage with various colors of purple, green, chartreuse and variegated. Because of their coarse texture, blend well with ferns, sweet woodruff or creeping jenny. Angelina Sedum does not have a bloom but is worth planting because of its chartreuse color. It is drought tolerate, deer and rabbit resistant, great groundcover is sunny areas with poor soil and turns burgundy in the winter.

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Oakleaf hydrangea is a large shrub for the partial shade garden where their extremely large white blooms illuminate darker portions of the garden. They make great cutting flowers, have wonderful red fall color and the exfoliating bark is very ornamental for winter interest. Encore Azaleas are relatively new in the landscape world and offer two blooming periods in spring and fall and only grow to four feet in diameter. Knockout Roses will bloom from spring until frost and only require six hours of sunlight. Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia is perfect for part shade gardens and covered in highly fragrant white blooms for about a month in spring. This shrub is small in size and the foliage is glossy dark green all year long. It will bloom again if prune immediately after its flowers have faded.

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The annual called Potato Vine, even though doesn’t bloom, the foliage comes in several colors and is a quick groundcover for the partial shady spots within landscapes. It does well in vases and will root within days for you to plant elsewhere in the garden. They can also be trained to climb other plants or structures. The foliage is dramatic and this one may come back the following year. Chartreuse colored potato vine planted with dark purple Heuchera is a fabulous combination.

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Diana Digs Dirt is a landscape designer located at 414-B State Street in Greensboro Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 and can be reached at 392.4031.

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Greensboro Curb Appeal Ideas

4 Fundamental Factors for Fantastic First Impression Curb Appeal

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  1. Mailbox Area
  2. The House Exterior
  3. The Front Door
  4. The Landscape

 Mailbox Area- This is how we are finding the address.

  • clear and visible numbers
  • use same material/paint on house and mailbox-creates cohesion
  • remove bee attracting flowers
  • remove shrubs higher than 3 feet-hinders car views
  • add colorful annuals-use 1 variety of the same color

House Exterior- should be pressure washed, shutters hung straight, cracks in mortar are fixed. Debris like leaves or small trees removed from gutters. If there are trees overhanging the house, suggest removing.

  • leaves in gutters
  • creates mildew on roof-holds in moisture
  • easy access for ants and other unwanted creatures
  • ice on branches-damage home

The Front Door- view from a visitor’s perspective

  • fresh coat of paint
  • shrubs cut back-no higher than 2-3 feet
  • add color-pots, annuals, wreath (use same annuals as front door plantings)
  • make sure it is visible from the street (inviting and safe) 

The Landscape- does the overall look of the front landscape appeal to buyers?

  • grass areas- turn slopes and patchy grass areas into plant beds
  • foundation plants- 75% should be evergreen plants
  • driveway and walkway to front door- cut back any overhanging trees and shrubs and remove those with thorns
  • condition of trees and shrubs- remove any dead or dying plant material. Do not shear broad-leafed evergreens
  • plant beds- create a manicured edge with a spade. 1 bale of pine needles will cover 5 x 5 square foot area

Problem Issues

  • remove runway lighting-purchase a lighting kit for under $100 including a few path lights and uplights
  • erosion problems- hide the soil with mulch if downspouts are eroding soil
  • remove personal garden art-pink flamingoes, gazing balls, flag poles, fences without purpose, etc.

Landscape Designer Diana Digs Dirt is open Thursday-Saturday from 11-3:30 414-b State Street in Greensboro

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Upcycled Potchen-Outdoor Kitchen/Potting Garden

 

Diana Digs Dirt and also wood. Designers love to design anything and everything. The challenge was to incorporate the many discarded items found and create an outdoor kitchen/potting area that was functional and aesthetic, to look as though the treasure was meant for the space. You want to make sure you have a good carpenter on hand too.

 The idea for the space came from cut stone, serving as the countertop and a frame was then constructed. 3 different sections were built for interest and size variation and also if they had to be moved. Much of the wood came from torn down houses and fences.

  What is an outdoor kitchen without a sink. Perfect for potting plants or serving as an ice chest for garden parties.

  Spoons were used as latches, table and chair legs used to provide more detail and texture as with the finials.

  The gate is a door sawed in half and other doors served as cabinet doors. Other discarded items upcycled or recycled were; windows, table and chair pieces, a crib, shelving units, fence pickets, wood moulding, bed frames and a screen door.

  This garden area is perfect for parties, potting or just relaxing. After a year or two several vines will reach the top to provide additional shade and beauty. Many thanks to my carpenter for creating this beautiful potchen. It has already been in use by potting up plants for Cornerstone Garden on State Street.

Think about incorporating an outdoor room in your landscape………Diana Digs Dirt will gladly help.

 

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Reblooming Perennials at Cornerstone Garden

Reblooming perennials or those blooming for 2-3 months are highly valued in the landscape world and many of my landscape design clients desire them. At Cornerstone Garden we have several shade or sun perennials in these categories.

 Armeria blooms for 3 months. the foliage is more like a tuft of grass with the flower stems reaching 6 inches with a pink pom pom bloom. These can be placed in the front of the garden or in a rock garden like the one above

 Fairytale Pink Daylily is just so delicate and lovely for any garden. We would hate it if this did not repeat.

“Marcus” Salvia, I know just glorious in its deep rich color blooms from June to October. This salvia is one of the shorter, only reaching 12 inches and spreading 18.

Mazus is a groundcover and blooms for months in the part shade garden. This perennial needs regular water too.

 Platinum Plus Daylily is very unique and is a bit paler than the picture, almost ivory in color. This is an easy drought tolerate plant for those with black thumbs.

This United States native wildflower called Green and Gold is for shade gardens and blooms a very long time. The bright yellow blooms brighten the darker landscapes. It only reaches 6 inches tall and spreads slowly.

 Little Grapette Daylily is maroon in color with a green/yellow throat. This repeat bloomer is great for erosion control or directly into the landscape with other warm colored bloomers

Come visit Cornerstone Garden- 414 rear State Street from Tuesday-Friday from 11-4 or Saturday from 12-4. We also sell plants during our farmers market Saturday mornings from 8-12.  

 

 

 

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Sentiment Gardens Workshop-Cornerstone Garden

Treasured Memorabilia turns Memories into Gardens

Free Workshop Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)
September 3rd and September 10th at 10am
Beginning next door at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street)
RSVP 392.4031

Strolling through the eclectic grounds of Cornerstone Garden in Greensboro,NC, several patrons openly expressed to store owner Diana Gardner-Williams that many keepsakes of loved ones past were difficult to part with.CornerstoneGardenis designed by using non-conventional items or pieces not necessarily found in the landscape, creating unique outdoor scenes or vignettes.

Stressful events such as loosing a loved one can lead to collecting because one often associates certain objects with the lost loved one.  Not letting go of “things” which may be viewed by others as unimportant, trivial, or even trash, is a physical way to “keep” the loved one who is no longer present. Popular television shows such as; Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders have revealed the secret lives of those having difficulty in letting go of tangible objects after such events.

 All are welcome to a free workshop in Greensboro, N.C.at Cornerstone Garden to discuss the art of incorporating keepsakes into homes and gardens with a designer’s eye. Workshop will begin at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street) at 10 am Saturday September 3rd and Saturday September 10th, 2011. Please call Diana for reservations at 336.392.4031. Individual questions can be answered after the tour.

Diana Gardner-Williams, store owner of Cornerstone Garden, is a professional landscape designer working under the name Diana Digs Dirt for the past 13 years. She began helping the community create memory gardens after the stillbirth of her son in 2003. “My family keepsakes are designed into my daily environment providing great comfort because of the emotional connections,” says Mrs. Gardner-Williams.

If interested, there will be a plant swap September 3rd 8:30am at Cornerstone Garden

 

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Cornerstone Garden Plant Swap October 1st-FREE

Walk away with a new plant on October 1st at Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)register your plant(s) at 11am. Please place plant in a container,within a plastic bag and label your plant.

A few plants Diana Digs Dirt will be swapping are;

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Raydon’s Favorite Aster
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Japanese Iris
Verbena
Autumn Joy Sedum
Carpet Sedum
 
Vervain
Hardy Begonia
Nandina Shrubs and more
 
Let’s get swapping!

Call Diana for more details or questions at 392.4031

If interested, a Sentiment Gardens workshop will begin at 10am following plant swap, demonstrating how to create home and garden vignettes with treasured keepsakes from loved ones past.

 
 

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Specialty Daylily Perennials at Cornerstone Garden

Strawberry Candy is a daylily available at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street. 3 distinct colors and the edges are ruffled. A very beautiful color for those who like warmer color palettes.

Daylilies are quite spectacular when planted in masses.

Little Grapette Daylily is a nice burgundy color. Combine this daylily with a plant of the same center color (yellow) and you have an amazing color combination. The other plant is Coreopsis (we also carry these).

Mini Pearl Daylily is shorter and could be used in the front of your border. It’s soft creamy apricot color is perfect when combined with purple colored flowers.

Moon Fleet Clematis and Powis Castle Artemesia work well with Mini Pearl Daylilies

Cornerstone Garden carries a red daylily called, Old time Rock and Roll

 Gorgeous red for those who enjoy the hot and spicy colors within their landscapes.

If you just love daylilies, plant several varieties and you will have blooms from May until September. Daylily perennials are easy plants and drought tolerate after the first year.

Happy Planting

414-B State Street 392.4031

 

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Greensboro’s Cornerstone Garden Accepting Treasures

Cornerstone Garden (formerly, My Secret Garden) is now accepting your treasures, or should we say, junk, trash, dumpster digs, or garbage. Donate items to be up-cycled, adding to the charm and overall look of the new garden boutique. Your treasure could be used in a new and exciting way throughout the grounds.

Take a peek at some of the up-cycled treasures at 414-B State Street in Greensboro, NC. Trash to Treasure

 A metal towel rack used for a plant display

   Metal buckets, 2 tier fountain

  Closet doors attached to arbor

 Hanging planters created from tractor stands

    Window frames add charm to outdoor vignettes

    Shutters can be used in various ways

   Bushel baskets make great plant displays and add vertical interest in the garden.

 Handmade chicken wire hanging basket filled with ivy, sedum and carex grass.

Wheel barrow fountain

 A salvaged child’s swing offers your favorite plants at eye level

       At Cornerstone Garden, chairs are offered to the plants first

 Some gadget from a tractor

 Items in search of

  • Metal shelves, containers, utensils, (love anything metal)
  • Pressure Treated Wood from decks, fences or other
  • Wood or plastic containers
  • Dresser drawers
  • Window Frames, Doors, Shutters
  • PVC Pipe
  • Plastic Sand Boxes or Pools
  • Tin Roofing
  • Broken or Whole Bricks/Stone
  • Terra Cotta Pots
  • Fabric-Pink, White, Black, Red, Gold or Silver
  • Chicken Wire
  • Bushel Baskets
  • Mailboxes
 Cornerstone Garden is also accepting artwork, ironwork, birdhouses, etc on consignment (North Carolina artisans only please). Contact Diana Digs Dirt for more information at 392.4031.
 
Boutique is open Tues-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9-4
 
 
Thank you Songbirds Consignment for their generous donation of many up-cycled items
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cornerstone Garden’s 1st Day Open

Cornerstone Garden- 414 State Street in Greensboro had a great first day.

Our hours are

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-5

Thursday and Friday 10-7

Saturday from 8-4

We are not open when it is raining, but you can call for an appointment, 392-4031

Come see us for something unique!

 

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