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Landscape Designs, Plans or Recipes Save Money

Many homeowners enjoy outdoor living areas and take pride in doing the work themselves. Within time, it is realized that incorrect plants are used, drainage issues were not addressed or high maintenance plants were installed. Planting your landscapes correctly the first time would save money and hard work.

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Professional landscape designers are well-educated with a great knowledge of plants, drainage and hardscapes. Just like interior design, landscape designers apply design elements and principles in order to create an aesthetic and cohesive landscape. Some of the elements and principal include; unity, focal point, repetition, color, texture, balance and proportion.

The best part of a landscape design or recipe is the suggested phases. Usually homeowners cannot afford to implement the entire plan, so the design would offer affordable phases to be completed within one to two years.

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Some suggestions from a landscape designer could be installing deciduous trees with height that is proportionate to the home and within the southeast area providing shade during the hot summer days. Tall evergreen plant material could be installed on the northwest side of the home to act as a wind break from cold winter wind. If you plan to sell your home in the near future it is a good idea to install 75% evergreen plant material in the front foundation bed. This ensures your residence will have curb appeal during any month the home goes on the market.

A good landscape design should incorporate family wants and needs, provide year round interest, address existing site conditions and apply design elements and principals for an aesthetic and livable landscape.

Come meet Landscape Designer Diana Digs Dirt at 414-B State Street in Greensboro Thursday-Saturday from 11-3:30 or she can be reached at 392.4031.

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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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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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Do You Mow for Hours?

Are You Mowing 3 or More Hours Every Week?

Properties in the Triad’s Southeast region are rather expansive and may tie up several hours per week to mow. With yearly drought threats, hot sun, and heavy clay soil, homeowners may feel captive by their lawn areas each weekend. These large green or brown areas have potential to burst with color, help with erosion and attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while freeing up valuable weekends for rest and relaxation. Now is the perfect time to start your drought tolerate garden.

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Some deciduous perennials for the hassle-free gardens are; ratibida, vervain, black eyed susan, gaura, daylily, aster, wine cups, blanket flower, ice plant, bee balm, russian sage, artemesia, baptisia, agastache, hyssop, catnip, red hot poker, grasses, penstemon, mint, coneflower, jewel of opar, daisy, yarrow, coreopsis, caryopteris, joe-pye weed, butterfly weed, plumbago, spotted dead nettle, and globe thistle.

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These are perfect evergreen perennials including; prostrate sedums, lavender, rosemary, creeping or upright thyme, santolina, creeping phlox, creeping raspberry and wintercreeper

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With this palate of drought tolerant plants, make sure to incorporate some evergreen perennials for winter interest and place taller plants towards the middle or back of the new beds. Before the planting begins, take time to till the soil or dig the hole twice the size of the plant’s container to ensure a good root system and topdress with mulch. Next year you can divide your plants and increase the maintenance free and drought tolerate gardens.

Come visit Diana Digs Dirt-Landscape Designer at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street from Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 if not raining or snowing and lets talk low maintenance. Or reach me at 392.4031

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Greensboro Gardens, Low Maintenance

 

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Landscape Stone Lasts Forever

Unmortared stone used in walkways, patios, edging or as steppers should be dense, at least 1 ½ inch thick and set within a tamped base of stone screenings. Taking these measures will ensure a stable under footing. If the stone is set on soil alone, over time they will sink due to decomposition.

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Pennsylvania Bluestone and Tennessee Craborchard are two types of stone very dense in nature. This is important because of freezing and thawing which cause other types of stone to break and flake when used as flooring or on the ground. Pennsylvania Bluestone comes in shades of blue and pallets can be selected with more mauve, blue or green striations within the stone. Tennessee Craborchard stone contains colors of beige, brown, pink, mauve and rust. Again, pallets can be selected with the preferred color striations.

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When choosing the stone, keep in mind the color of your home, other outbuildings, and color of adjacent flowers to create a harmonious landscape. Stone can also be used in conjunction with brick to create a more formal landscape. There are several different cuts of stone, for example; tumbled, which provides a soft rounded edge, irregular provides random edges, cut stone is sawed with a blade for a straight edge and lastly the flamed edge provides a rustic textured edge after the stone has been sawed into its desired shapes.

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There are two options for filling in the joints after stone has been set; addition of another finer stone grade or installing creeping plants. Some suggestions for dry sunny areas are; sedum acre, georgia blue veronica or wooly thyme. Ideas for shady areas are; corsican mint, scotch moss, ajuga or leptinella.

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Stone will enhance your landscapes creating functionality.

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Stop on by Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt to meet designer Diana. Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 if not snowing or raining, 414-B State Street in Greensboro. Let’s talk stone!

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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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Giving Away Iris Plants in Greensboro for Chihuahuas

Press Release-For Immediate Release
Contact- Diana Gardner-Williams
Diana@justacloudaway.com
336.392.4031
November 4, 2011
 
Free Iris Plants from Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt-Making Way for a New Open Air Farmers Market
   

Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt is giving away a piece of the past to make room for future plans of a farmers market located at 414-B State Street in Greensboro. Cornerstone Garden, formally My Secret Garden has a swath of violet iris bulbs planted along the fence line in desperate need of division. Saturday November 19th 10am-4:00pm approximately 100 iris plants will be given away and any donations will be collected for the NC Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, www.chihuahua-rescue.com. They ask to please bring plastic bags to carry plants home.

 

Cornerstone Garden currently supports local artists and crafters by consigning their goods within the shop and plans to provide space for area farmers, bakers and other specialty vendors to sell goods on the grounds of Greensboro’s beautiful urban oasis.

Interested vendors should contact Diana Gardner-Williams, owner of Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt at, 336.392.4031 or Diana@justacloudaway.com.CornerstoneGarden’s Farmers Market will open in the spring of 2012 on Saturday mornings.

German Iris plants add vertical interest to your perennial beds and should be placed towards the rear of your space. The flowers are great for centerpieces and very easy to grow. Try planting them along a drive if you have erosion problems or along a stream. German iris comes in various colors including pure white called Immortality, one of my favorites for moonlight viewing, fragrant and reblooms.

Come see us at 414-B State Street in Greensboro

Tues-Sat 11-4

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