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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.
duranta

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.
gaura

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.

Rudbeckia

 

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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June Newsletter

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Happy June! Continual rains and clouds these past two weeks look like we could be setting up for a similar Summer to last year. We will continually monitor the turf, shrubs and flowers for fungal out breaks. We have seen the gamut of fungus turf problems already this year.

Azaleas are being pruned and will be completed by the end of the month.  Crews will be deadheading roses as they finish flowering. All spring flowering shrubs will be pruned after flowering. Pruning will consist of thinning and shaping the shrubs.  Perennials are starting to flower and will be deadheaded weekly as needed. Daylilies, Cone Flower, Rudbeckia and Bee Balm have started blooming and are great attractors of pollinating insects and Hummingbirds.

Be on the lookout for the Hydrangeas to start flowering.  Oakleaf Hydrangeas have started as well as some macrophylla and Annabelles.  Limelight Hydrangeas will start later this month.

Shrubs will be fertilized and treated with fungicides and a general insecticide this month.  Insects of concern are the Sawfly larvae that have targeted Roses for the first time in years as well as spider mites, scale insects and Azalea lace bug.

Bermuda and Zoysias will receive their granular fertilizer round with slow release Nitrogen to continually feed over the next 4-6 weeks and then followed with another round of fertilizer.  Fescue will be treated with liquid iron and micro nutrients through the summer months.  Weeds in turf will be targeted and our Crews and Managers will alert our Hort Services crews to treat with selective herbicides.  Common turf weeds to be on the lookout for is Nutsedge and Fire weed.

Crews will be getting the landscape ready for mulching. Mulching is important to do in June – July to freshen the beds and help retain moisture and keep the roots insulated from the heat of the summer.

Irrigation monitoring is very important and we want to be in full communication so that we are doing our best to not waste water. If you see something unusual at your Residence please feel free to bring it to the attention of the crew or manager.

June is National Safety Month and I can assure all of you that our HR department has our managers and crews focused.

Enjoy your Summer, we have your residence covered on the outside and if you need extra help while you may be away vacationing let our Managers know and we will be happy to help.