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6 Reasons You Should Add an Arbor to Your Landscape

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Rose Arbor

6 Reasons You Should Add an Arbor to Your Landscape

There’s something romantic and alluring about a garden landscape that includes an arbor. Add structure and style to your garden with a beautiful garden arbor.

Create Some Shade
Does your landscape get so much sun that you can’t sit outdoors to enjoy your yard in the heat of the summer? An arbor will create a space that is cool, comfortable and away from the sun.

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Privacy Screen
Screen or disguise unwanted views (like boxy air conditioners and unattractive garden structures like sheds or compost bays), nosy neighbors and create more privacy.

Maximize Your Landscape
Adding an arbor can increase your garden vertically. When you train a rose or vine to climb the arbor towards the sun it creates shade below. You can install plants below the arbor that require less direct sun creating the opportunity for a diverse variety of garden plants.

Add A Focal Point
If you’re looking to redesign your landscape this spring, a custom arbor is the perfect place to start. Whether you want your arbor over a bench or seating area, or built as a gate into your yard, a custom arbor is the perfect center piece to a classic and stylish landscape design.

Create a Garden “Room”
Some vertical structures like arbors, arches, pergolas and gazebos help create the ambiance of an outdoor garden ‘room’ and can focus the eye on the mystery beyond.  They can also give a sense of height and depth to an otherwise small space.

Make A Place for Plants
The romantic image of a climbing rose draping off the roof of a wood arbor is iconic. Get this picturesque view right in your own back yard by planting a climbing rose or other favorite vine on your arbor. Come spring time, your custom arbor will be covered with your favorite blooms.

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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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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.

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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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American Boxwood Pruning Tips [Video]

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

American Boxwood Pruning Tips

Peter Copses, our Vice President, discusses and demonstrates the proper method for pruning an American boxwood.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

5 Spring Gardening Tips

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

5 Essential Spring Gardening Tasks for the Month of March.

  Every gardener needs to do these 5 things this time of year.

  1. Pruning – Early spring is a great time to perform dormant pruning. By dormant I mean the plant material has not leafed out yet.  Typically crepe myrtles, roses, and ornamental grasses can be pruned at this time.  This is also an excellent time to deep hand prune evergreen shrubs.  Deep pruning is when we go into the interior of the plant and make cuts so the plant will grow from the inside.  This keep the plant from getting leggy of having no interior growth.
  2. Mulching – Mulching with either pine straw or wood or bark mulches needs to be done at this time. Remember to remove leaves from bed areas and under plants before mulching.  Mulch is applied to insulate plant root systems, retain moisture, control weeds and to add beauty.  When installing mulch apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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  3. Fertilization – Apply slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Usually you will use 1 teaspoon of fertilizer per foot of height.
  4. Planting – Early spring is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The weather is very cool this time of year making this task enjoyable.  The material you plant also will need minimal watering as we typically receive excellent rainfall this time of year in the South.
  5. Prepare your equipment – Make sure your mower is properly serviced so it will run well throughout the summer season. Have the mowers blades sharpened. Have all pruning equipment sharpened and well oiled.  Refill gas cans with new fuel if fuel has set all winter.


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.

Your Autumn Garden – 8 Things To Do

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

8 Things To Do In Your Autumn Garden

Preparing your garden for fall is not just about cleaning or removing plants, it is also a way to enjoy your garden longer. Getting your garden ready for fall and winter will help you have an easier time come spring. It’s also a good time to enhance the area for your spring garden and even plant some fall foliage. Getting your garden ready for the fall will give you plenty of time to rake up all those falling leaves.

  1. Clean up your garden landscape by removing debris such as dried leaves or stems off plants and shrubs. Use a rake to fluff up any mulch, which will help water reach deeper into the soil. Add mulch if it is needed. Use as much of your compost as you can by spreading it on your garden beds. You’re about to have a whole lot of fallen leaves to add to your compost for the spring, so best to make room now.
  2. Plant new plants such as mums or pansies to add color to your fall garden. This is the ideal time since spring and summer blooms have ended and you can see where there may be gaps in coverage.
  3. Take care of your plants that are in containers by moving them indoors to prepare them for fall. This is especially important before the first frost. Tropical plants do well inside but herbs will need a lot of light. Consider transplanting perennials you have in containers into your garden for spring blooming.
  4. Plant new bulbs or divide and replant perennials to prepare your garden. Autumn provides an ideal opportunity to move poorly placed plants, and divide overcrowded perennials while the soil is still warm. Dividing the perennials will encourage new growth and give you an easy, cheaper way to add more plants and flowers to your garden landscape.
  5. If your yard has a pond or water feature it’s time to cover it with a net. Decomposing leaves can turn your pond water foul and block filters on pumps. Save time and effort later on by catching leaves before they fall into your pond. Simply spread a fine meshed net across the pond and pin it down with bricks. The leaves can be added straight to the compost heap.
  6. Clean, maintain and store your gardening tools. Cover the tools or keep them sheltered from the wet weather. Sharpen dull tools to be ready for spring gardening. Give a light coat of oil to metal tools like shears and shovels to avoid rust. Get rid of any garden products that will have expired when spring comes around and make a list of the things you will need for spring gardening.
  7. Get your trees ready for fall as well by trimming dead branches before they have a chance to fall and possible crush your garden.
  8. Plan your dream garden landscape for next year, now. Are there new elements you want to incorporate into your garden landscape like a paver patio, fire pit, water feature, outdoor lighting, new flower beds or accent plants? Now is the time to create that plan to have it ready for next spring and summer. We can help you design and build your dream landscape. Now is the time to create a landscape oasis that can be enjoyed years to come.

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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