How to Upgrade Your Landscaping with Shrubs

Does your landscaping design lack depth? A lush lawn and flower beds are beautiful, but they can appear dull without shrubs, bushes or trees for height. Strategically placed shrubs can give your landscaping a new look and have other added benefits. Here are some ideas on how to upgrade your landscaping with shrubs and hedges.

Edge Your Lawn

Shrubs, privacy trees or hedges are a lovely way to edge your lawn or property. A hedge across the front of your property or privacy shrubs along the perimeter can create a border for your lawn. Not only do they create a defined area, they can add a natural fence for your yard. This can deter trespassers and block the view for security and privacy.

Focal Foliage

Shrubs are perfect for adding some focal foliage around entrances and walkways. Placing a shrub on either side of your porch steps creates an appealing entrance for your home. The height of bushes and shrubs creates a more balanced landscape design, adding dimension for yards that are lacking different levels of focal objects.

Seasonal Color

Many shrubs and bushes have the added benefit of seasonal flowers. Lilacs, rhododendrons and Rose of Sharon are all beautiful options for bringing blooms to your yard. These bushes also attract birds, bees and butterflies that add brilliance to your yard.

Not sure which shrubs will thrive in your region? Contact your local landscaper. They can discuss the best options in shrubs, bushes, privacy trees and hedges for your area and help you redesign your landscaping. You can enjoy the beauty and benefits of shrubs that will upgrade the style of your yard.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Four Reasons to Plant New Trees or Shrubs this Fall

Is your yard lacking dimension or privacy? Maybe you need to add some beautiful trees or shrubs to your property. Fall is the perfect time to add these larger plants that can add so much depth and function to your landscape design. Here are four excellent reasons to use this fall to bring in these additions.

  1. Warm soil. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm and inviting to new roots. The temperature is perfect, promoting quick root growth for optimal planting. There is still enough time before winter for those roots to become established to handle the cold snaps.
  2. Adding dimension. Trees and shrubs add dimension to your landscaping that ground plants cannot offer. Plus, they attract beautiful birds and butterflies that add to your outdoor scenery.
  3. Plenty of good planting days. Unlike spring where the weather is hit or miss, fall usually offers plenty of great days for planting. There is no need to try a schedule planting times around spring showers and deal with the cold, muddy ground.
  4. More privacy. Trees and shrubs are Mother Nature’s blinds, helping give you and your family a little more privacy without needing to erect a fence. If privacy is one of your goals, talk to your landscaper about which trees and shrubs are best for coverage in your region.

Don’t put off adding trees or shrubs to your yard any longer. Call your local landscaping company to schedule a tree or shrub planting for this fall. By next summer they will look great and you can begin reaping the benefits of these beautiful additions to your yard.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

Attracting Butterflies To Your Yard

Have you ever wondered why butterflies seem to congregate in some areas and are sparse in others? Just like most insects, they are attracted to certain plants and environments. For those who love butterflies and their beauty, there are ways to make your yard inviting to these winged nomads. By adding certain plants and flowers, you can make your yard an enticing playground for your neighborhood butterflies.

Many people have created what are referred to as butterfly gardens in their yards in the hopes of attracting these beautiful creatures. There are many different types of plants that can be enticing, including annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and even weeds. You want to choose plants that will enhance the beauty of your yard and will grow well in your climate. Some plants to consider are:

–          Flowers. Many flowers such as daffodils, painted ladies and snapdragons can be inviting to butterflies with their nectar and add beauty to your landscaping as well.

–          Trees and shrubs. Certain trees and bushes also are nectar sources for butterflies. Some azalea, dogwoods, birch and hydrangea can be excellent magnets.

–          Herbs. Many herbs are also fodder for butterflies. Create an herb garden with dill, mint, oregano and sage to fill your pantry and also bring the butterflies to your yard.

Before you start planting, consult a landscaper to find the best plants that are suited for your climate and yard conditions. There are many different plants that can attract butterflies so there is bound to be a variety that will work with your yard conditions and landscaping design.

Bugambilia

The Bugambilia has been called a climbing bush, a shrub, or a vine.   It is a flowering plant that can bloom all year in sub-tropical warm semi-dry environments.  It has been seen covering fences, walls, and roofs or just standing on its own to be enjoyed.  It produces beautifully vibrant colored flowers of fuchsia, pink, purple, white, red and more that are a vision to behold.

The Bugambilia plant is native to Brazil but fares well in the southern half of Florida, the southern tip of Texas, California and Hawaii.  Some gardeners have even had success in South Carolina and Georgia with this easy to grow evergreen.  Winter nights below 20 degrees may cause your Bugambilia to wilt and loose its leaves and flowers. If this happens, cover your plant and do not prune until the last frost.

The Bugambilia fares best when it is planted in a place with full sun exposure with moist well drained soil.  The less sun exposure, the less this plant will bloom.  The flowers of the Bugambilia are made up of a rich colorful paper-like leaves that protects a small white flower in the center of the leaves.

Besides beauty, versatility is another attraction gardeners have to this gorgeous plant.  You can plant your Bugambilia in a container or in the ground.  It can grow as a vine on a trellis; you can shape it in a tree form, or use it as a hedge.  The spines on the Bugambilia are long and sharp, so care is needed when picking a place for your plant as well as pruning, shaping and  doing away with cuttings.

Firebush

Firebush, Hamelia patens, is a tropical shrub or bedding plant native to South America. Also called the “Firecracker” plant, the name gives you an idea of the bright red luscious color that this plant shows off as well as the level of heat that this plant loves!

The Firebush plant is a shrub that grows in the Gulf states of Mexico, Texas and Southern Florida along with Central and South America and the West Indies.  The hotter the better for this drought resistant heat seeker.

Your shrub is best planted in full direct sunlight in well drained soil. Water weekly until the roots set.  Once it is established, it will need little care.  It can grow 7 – 10 feet high and just as wide.  Hummingbirds, butterflies and honey bees will be attracted to the nectar of the beautiful red tubular flower clusters the shrub produces.  Birds such as the Mockingbird and Catbird will eat its round red juicy berry fruit.

As the temperatures cool in the fall, the green leaves of this shrub will turn a vibrant red.  If the temperatures get to cool for this heat-seeker it will die without warmth and any living root system will not start growing until temperatures of the soil are very hot again.

Many gardeners have had success with this growing this low maintenance beauty in the ground as well as in containers.  It also reacts well to being transplanted.  If you plant it in the ground, leave plenty of space for it to grow to maturity so you do not have to cut back its beautiful fruit and blooms!