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Tips to Maximize Small Garden Spaces

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Tips to Maximize Small Garden Spaces

Living in urban Atlanta has a lot to offer, but spacious outdoor areas are few and far between. After spending significant time in the city’s ever-expanding concrete landscape, it’s nice to escape from the claustrophobia with a private green oasis at home.

Here are some tips to help you transform your small green space into your own tiny paradise.

Break Up the Space

As strange as it sounds, breaking up a small backyard into smaller spaces actually helps. By creating defined, separate areas, the backyard now has various destinations that make the area feel larger.

The shape of the backyard will determine how you should go about breaking up the landscape. Create divides, which will stop the eye from going straight to the back of the property but still give you small glimpses of what is beyond.

Don’t try to create multiple “rooms” in the outdoor area if there simply isn’t enough space for them to be usable.

Plant A Tree

 

Choosing a dwarf variety tree that grows 5 to 10 feet tall is ideal for larger pots. You can move, prune and re-pot as needed.

Embrace the Shade

Living it tight urban environments don’t always allow us to control how much light our garden landscape receives. If your landscape is heavily shaded consider adding a stone patio over trying to grow grass. Plants like dwarf oakleaf hydrangeas and hostas are perfect for creating a lush landscape feel in a shady area.

Create Tiers

Adding height with a variety of planters, or if possible a retaining wall can draw the eye upwards creating more visual interest.

Add a Focal Point

Luxury backyard elements may seem like unlikely candidates to add to a tiny backyard, but if your design is uncluttered, these can serve as a focal point.

By drawing the eye to a unique water feature or fire pit, such a design fixes attention on that character piece instead of the size of the backyard.

 

As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalists can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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Peter Talks Commercial Landscape Installation

Friday, May 19th, 2017

 

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Boost Your Curb Appeal

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal

 

Curb appeal, it’s a great way for your property to make a fantastic first impression. As a property owner, you are always trying to find new and creative ways to spruce up your property’s curb appeal.  As an award winning landscape company we’ve been adding appeal to Atlanta’s residential and commercial curbs for decades. Here are a few of our favorite ways to dress up our client’s landscapes.

Edge the Paths

Define areas of your landscape by installing borders along the driveway and the walkways. Consider combining a variety of edging materials, to create colorful, textured, beautiful designs, guaranteed to transform the rather dull yard into an elegant, inviting space.

Dress Up the Mailbox or Signage

Make the first thing you see when you arrive home an inviting sight. With the addition of colorful plants and flowers, you set the stage to create interest and gain attention.  The mailman will appreciate the view too!

Add Flowers

Planning and planting seasonal flowers is our favorite thing to do. One of the best landscaping ideas for revamping any property is flowers. Still, you must make sure you select the right type of flowers that accentuates the mood and theme of the property, and whose maintenance is relatively simple. Don’t just confine your flowers to the beds. Think vertically by adding hanging plants or large container pots.

Hide “Dead” Spots

Plants are an effective solution for enhancing your property but sometimes there are areas that are not suitable for planting. For example, at the base of a large shade tree or heavy slope. Sure, you can plant flowers that can thrive in a shaded setting or alternatively, you could cover the dead spots with mulch to help the yard look healthy and appealing to the eye.

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Creating Your Best Garden

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Creating Your Best Garden Landscape

Every garden is unique but the best gardens offer interest during every season. Through in-depth knowledge, experience and planning we find the right combinations of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and bulbs that make our customer’s landscapes shine all year long.  Below is a list of a few of the herbaceous plants that thrive during summer and offer a long season of interest be it colorful foliage or brilliant blooms.

Duranta – Great for containers or in the ground, this unusual annual has beautiful airy clusters of blue, violet, or white flowers almost orchidlike in their beauty.
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Gaura lindheimeri – Commonly known as Lindheimer’s beeblossom, white gaura, pink gaura, Lindheimer’s clockweed, and Indian feather.  This hardy clump-forming perennial is native to Texas and Louisiana. Once established it is drought tolerant.  Thriving in heat and humidity it grows 3 to 5’ tall and 1 to 2’ wide. At Gibbs, we pair it with lambs ears, duranta (above) and begonias.
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Geranium ‘Rozanne’-  Commonly known as Cranesbill. Always a garden favorite for its excellent mounding habit and late spring to summer bloom time. It grows in full sun or part shade.

Geranium Rozanne

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’- A chartreuse selection of the annual sweet potato vine. As a “spiller” it’s perfect for window boxes, hanging baskets and even your landscape borders. Place in full sun to part shade and watch it grow!

Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’

Kalimeris pinnitifida- Also known as the Double Japanese Aster, this perennial produces masses of  double, one-inch white flowers with buttery yellow centers for a very long time in  summer to early fall.  It grows 2 to 3’ tall and provides a great filler in the perennial or annual garden. Plant it in full sun or part shade.

Double Japanese Aster

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’- Known to many as the iconic black-eyed susan. With bursts of showy yellow color this daisy-type perennial makes an ideal border plant as well as a beautiful cut flower.  Growing to 2’ tall and wide, it thrives in heat and sun.  It blooms prodigiously from late July to early October.

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As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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3 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive in HOT Weather

Monday, June 27th, 2016

3 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive in HOT Weather

Things are really starting to heat up in the Atlanta area. The rising and constant temperatures can put extreme stress on even the most well established plants.

Here are a few quick tips to help your landscape survive the heat.

  • Mulch or pine straw around all trees and shrubs to provide maximum insulation to plant root systems from heat.
    Apply mulch or straw at 2 to 3 inches thick.
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  • Water thoroughly in the early morning hours.  Have watering finish before day break.  This will allow no waste of your water from evaporation.
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  • Plant material that shows stress by wilting may need some additional watering to bounce back.  Hand watering can really help in this situation.
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    Additional Tips to help any annual survive the summer heat:

    • Deadhead. Pinch off spent blooms regularly so your plant can conserve its energy, especially during hot temperatures.
    • Container plants and new transplants need plenty of water. Be sure your plants drain well between watering.

    As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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Annuals That Love the Heat

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Heat Makes these Annuals Shine

As temperatures begin to rise some annuals fade during the heat of the day and then there are some that thrive in Atlanta’s summer heat.

Here are a few of our designer’s favorite heat-loving performers:

Lantana: Lantana has tiny yellow, orange, red, lavender or white flowers that mound on top of dark green foliage. Butterflies love them, and do well with little water. They bloom from spring until frost.

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Cosmos: Cosmos are available in a wide variety of colors, and they re-seed easily. These plants make outstanding cut flowers, and all cosmos attract butterflies.
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Petunia: Available in a variety of colors, petunias are one of the most popular flowers, often grown as annuals. They are tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient. The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.
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Verbena: Owners of long lasting blooms that perform during the hottest days of summer heat, verbenas thrive in your garden’s sunnier spots. While the verbena flower is drought resistant, the blooms are improved with regular watering of an inch or so each week.
Verbena

Dahlberg Daisy: A subtle plant that creates a low mound with bright green ferny foliage and little golden yellow daisies that cover the plant for a long period of bloom. Moderate drought tolerance.
Dahlberg Daisy

Geranium: Geranium is a diverse group, boasting over 422 species,  containing types that grow in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade. Available is broad spectrum of flower colors including pink, blue, white, and purple. They dislike having wet leaves and flowers so it is best to use a soaker hose or water early in the day to allow leaves and flowers to dry before nightfall.

Geranium

Vinca: A sunny-spot, superstar with flowers that bloom all summer long. Heat loving as well as disease and bug resistant make vinca a garden no-brainer. Available is lots of bright colors too!

Vinca

Tips to help any annual survive the summer heat:

  • Mulch around your plants. Mulch helps retain moisture and helps keep the soil around your plant cooler.
  • Deadhead. Pinch off spent blooms regularly so your plant can conserve its energy, especially during hot temperatures.
  • Container plants and new transplants need plenty of water. Be sure your plants drain well between watering.

As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

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7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

7 Plants That Bring Color To Your Shade Garden

Got a shady spot in your garden landscape? Our professional designers like these 7 plants to add color, texture and character to any low-light garden location.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) Roundish chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers on trailing stems make this mat-forming perennial ideal for softening the edges of tall urns or hanging baskets. In the ground, it grows 4 to 8 inches tall, and spreads to 2 feet—rooting as it goes.

creeping jenny

Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum) The leaves of its many varieties have a silvery sheen that nearly glows in shade. Spreading to 3 feet wide, this perennial is great in hanging baskets and as pot edging.

dead nettle

Heuchera – Heucheras takes sun only in coolest climates, and grows to 28 inches tall.

Heuchera

Geranium cranesbill – True geraniums—which make fluffy little mounds of foliage and small flowers in white or shades of pink or blue—thrive in the light shade of high trees.

Geranium cranesbill

Hosta hybrids – Hostas come in a virtual wardrobe of shapes, textures, and colors. Depending on variety, their leaves may be heart-shaped, round, oval, or lance-shaped; glossy or dull; smooth or quilted; blue, green, or yellow.

Hosta

 

Impatiens – With a dizzying array of color choices these plants are perfect containers or to edge a border.

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Heucherella – Heart-shaped leaves on clumping plants 5 inches tall and 1 foot wide come in many beautiful colors. A hybrid of garden origin, it is the result of a cross between two distinct genera, Heuchera and Tiarella, and shows similarities to both parents.
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Creating Another Dream Backyard [Video]

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Creating Another Dream Backyard

This is a 6 inch caliper Elm which was 30 plus feet tall. We just installed this via a crane at a residential property for a client. When you choose Gibbs Landscape Company, you can truly get what you want.

 

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As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.

 

April Newsletter

Friday, April 8th, 2016

April Newsletter 2016

Happy Spring to all of you and your gardens that are coming alive from the mild winter that we had this year. This Spring is starting out as one of our busiest ever. When Spring/Summer is followed by a mild Winter we are all in store for a rapid regrowth and development and all sorts of surprises good and bad. The good news is that the Gibbs’ Managers and Teams are well educated and prepared for what this Spring will bring.

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Azaleas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, Spireas, Viburnums, Forsythia, fiddleheads on Ferns and perennials have been outstanding this year. Fescue turf is gleaming right now and is receiving another blast of liquid fertilizer this month perfectly timed with the weather. By performing all of our turf fertilization and weed control treatments in house we can control timing of product application. This delivers better results. Warm season turf is just now coming out of dormancy and is greening nicely. Let’s hope that weather doesn’t dip to below 33 degrees before the 15th of April. If so, we may see a delay of greening for another 3-4 weeks.

Granular fertilizers for shrubs will be completed this month and liquid rounds to follow through the summer months.

We are anticipating some heavier than normal disease and insect pressures this year from the mild winter that we just experienced. Managers and crews are on the lookout for Cercospora needle blights on conifers, Phomopsis blight on conifers, Volutella blight on Boxwoods and early insect population swings. We have had an early Aphid population and crews have been managing those very quickly. Tree and shrub injections are always the best preventative on susceptible plant species.

Poa annua and Poa trivialis continues to be the worst weed in fescue in the nation and has now continued its aggressive foothold in the Southeast. We are all anxiously anticipating for the scientists in the labs to help us all out with this grassy weed.

Crews are pruning on all properties right now, making thinning and corrective cuts and shaping shrubs for the continued onset of new leaf growth that the shrubs will develop over the next 6 months. Pruning is top priority each week to ensure overall healthy plant material.

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Installation of new outdoor entertaining areas combined with new turf, trees and shrubs are the best way to create additional value to your properties. Hot trends now are outdoor entertainment, cooking and lawn game areas for family and friends. Contact your manager and they can put you in contact with our 5 Landscape Architects on staff who can help you with your design/build projects.

Look forward to more blooms out there coming from new Summer Annual Flower installations. Our Seasonal Flower Designers have been busy all Winter designing new color combinations and new varieties of flowers for all your seasonal flower beds and containers. Our flower installers are trained and ready for the next wave of flower installations.
Thank you so much for allowing us the privilege to service you and your properties.

Peter James Copses
Vice President

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See a Recently Completed Commercial Install at Perimeter Center [Video]

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Our Vice President, Peter Copses, walks a recently completed commercial stone paver hardscape installation at Perimeter Center.

 

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As winners of over 275 awards, Gibbs Landscape Company offers a proven track record of creative, quality landscape design and maintenance. Our team of highly trained, qualified Landscape Architects and horticulturalist can design and maintain a landscape that will add value to your property for years to come. You deserve the best in landscape design/build and maintenance…you deserve Gibbs Landscape Company.