Garden Arrangement ideas

July 20, 2017
Garden arrangement ideas and

Named one of the Top 10 Great Flower Shows and Garden Events by USA Today, Historic Garden Week is an 83-year-old event that bills itself as "America's largest open house" and crisscrosses the state, from the tony, equestrian enclaves ringing Washington DC to the Chesapeake Bay.

I am a big fan of garden tours. This weekend's Atlanta Botanical Garden's Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour May 7 and 8 is one of my favorites. But what makes Historic Garden Week unique is the opportunity it offers to also tour home interiors. So if you are as much of a voyeur as I am, thrilled to peek at genius kitchen and mudroom (if only I had one!) ideas—as well as inspirational garden design you can import to your own space—then put this tour on your bucket list. You won't be disappointed.

From cozy Culpeper family homesteads with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to grand Middleburg horse farms sporting lawns draped with museum-worthy sculpture, my time in Middleburg, Winchester, Millwood, Culpeper and Fredericksburg, Virginia was a festival of riches and loads of inspiration, especially when thinking about my own container garden design back home.

What makes for great container design varies. Sometimes it's a balance between a simple, rustic container and a knockout, colorful flower. In the case of many containers, it was all about placement. Two identical planted-out containers flanking a fence or pergola or entryway made all the difference in lending an air of symmetry and elegance to many of the outdoor spaces I toured.

I also saw some clever upcycling of unexpected items into plant and flower vessels: a bicycle's basket; a rustic wooden bowl on a kitchen island planted-out with herbs or a vintage cart turned into a lovely garden moment when heaped with geraniums.

Virginia garden club members in each Historic Garden Week town fill the tour homes with fresh flowers, many from their own gardens, lending the arrangements a locavore angle. I saw many clever uses of plants, edibles, vines and tree branches I wouldn't normally associate with cut-flower arrangements, including dogwood branches, ivy, kumquats, artichokes, asparagus and euphorbia.

One of the biggest lessons learned was how wonderful a taller container can look when placed in a garden bed: a few well-positioned containers add verticality and a design feature or pop of color.

A special shout out to Tori Brock and Karen Cauthen Ellsworth who were my escorts during my Historic Garden Week visit. Thanks too, to the charming Ole Miss alum and Rappahannock Valley Garden Club president Tricia Garner who parted the sea of people at every home on my Fredericksburg garden tour so effectively I felt like Elvis sashaying into the Las Vegas Hilton ("she's with HGTV, she's allowed


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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