Create spectacular fall color with mums

By: admin | Posted on: Sep/27/2016





The autumn season marks the wonderful change in foliage colors! It also often marks the loss of your beautiful spring and summertime flowers. This should not discourage you from adding exciting color to your garden setting, in fact, fall flowers offer beautiful colors as well, the most popular fall flower, of course, is the chrysanthemum, often called the “mum”. These plants are relatively low maintenance, drought resistant, disease and pest resistant and easy to grow!


Mums are the perfect way to decorate your garden setting for the autumn season, while adding beautiful splashes of color at the same time! It is best to purchase a variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to better decorate the landscape. Consider placing them in decorative pots and urns out in your yard, on your porches and patios, they can even be used indoors!


The best part about mums is that they can be wintered through and return the following year, making them a cost effective plant. Just be sure to lay down mulch to protect it against freezing winter temperatures. Once the frosts have turned it a blackened color, you can cut the mum back to within one inch of the soil level. The area should be mulched it a level of 3-4 inches, as this will protect your plant from the harsh winter temperatures.


The plants should begin to reemerge in the following spring, at this time remove any old stems. Begin feeding the plant with fertilizer once a month until August. Pinch off the plants in early spring, as this will encourage the plant to bush out. When the plant reaches 4-6 inches, remove 1-2 inches of the new growth back. After this, once the plant has grown another 3-5 inches, you can pinch it back again, by 1-2 inches. Pinching should cease in mid-July. This tedious task will be greatly rewarding in the fall when your mums are a stunning bush with robust beautiful flowers. Mums should be divided every two years, in the Spring.


Mums add wonderful flair to your fall décor. When paired with pumpkins and scarecrows, your landscape is sure to be the envy, and possibly copied, by all your neighbors! Mums are a hardy plant, that is perfect for adding color during the fall season! Posted by Jean Widner.

The Best Ways to Use Garden Statuary

By: admin | Posted on: Sep/18/2016

Adding statuary to your garden and outdoor living spaces adds character and a personal touch to your garden décor. You can use them as a design focal point to draw the eye, or help create a specific atmosphere. To help give your area the feel you desire, consider the following ideas in selecting your items.

1. Less is More

If you’re looking for one specific focal point to function as a piece of art in the garden, give it drama by landscaping the area around it. If the item warrants it, consider using a pedestal to visually raise up a smaller piece. To use the landscape around it, plant shrubs or flowers in a circular or other formal arrangement in the yard, making sure no taller plantings block the view.

2. Pick a Theme

If you are looking to create a personal space to reflect an interest, such as a Zen-style Asian collection, then there are many styles to choose from. Religious themes are abundant, as well as angels and other items to reflect upon. Other ideas can be to create a gnome village with our selection of gnomes, gnome homes, and gnome features. Grouping these items together will create an interesting or humorous focal point for all who view it.

3. Color Grouping

If you’re looking to collect a number of different items together, then keep the area from looking dis-jointed by choosing statuary that is all from the same company and colors. This will keep your statuary cohesive and not distracting, allowing your eye to rest easily on each piece in the garden but able to still view the area as a whole.

4. Againg Your Statuary

Many concrete and cast stone statues come in different colors or patinas to help give them an aged look in the garden. However, if that isn’t enough or you have an existing piece you wish to create this effect with, here’s how:

Create a moss appearance by mixing together one part clay, one part fresh chopped up moss, one part diluted fish emulsion, and three parts water. This solution can then be painted onto the statues. The moss will stay here, and begin to grow, as the fish emulsion will feed the moss.

5. Personalized or Memorials

Creating a space to honor a loved one can be very rewarding. Think of plants or trees to incorporate that were meaningful to that person, or help you remember them fondly. There are options to create a personally engraved bench or plaque as a memorial. Analyze the overall balance of any and all items used in one area to keep it peaceful and restful.


Enjoy the beauty a statuary focal point or scene will bring to your garden setting. These exciting ideas can help give you the garden look that you have been hoping for. Posted by Jean Widner.

Birdbaths Give You Birds All Year Long

By: admin | Posted on: Sep/13/2016

Water is the key element to attracting birds into your landscape. Water will draw birds into your yard for bathing and drinking. Birds rely on a dependable water source to survive. A birdbath is a decorative way to draw in wild birds, creating an ornamental feature for your setting at the same time. A birdbath, in conjunction with bird feeder and homes, is the perfect way to attract birds!


The best birdbaths to choose are small and shallow baths that actually mimic naturally forming “bird baths”, like puddles. These are the best type because they are not too deep, as some cast stone birdbaths can be, or too slippery as glazed baths often are. Look for a bath that is easy to clean and will not break easily. Make sure it has a gentle slope and is relatively shallow so birds can wade into the water and bath without being in danger.


Birds prefer baths that are at ground level. If a birds feathers get too wet they cannot fly off if danger approaches. The biggest risk to ground level bird baths is cats. If there are cats that ravel around in your neighborhood, you may want to consider placing the bath in place near bushes or trees so the birds can easily escape to safety. They should also be placed in the shade, as direct sunlight can cause the water to warm and grow stale. It may even be a good idea to set some small stones or gravel in the bath to provide for more secure footing and a place to stand that is not directly in the water.


Birdbaths do not need to be put away in the winter. In fact, birds need the reliable water source all year long! You can consider including a heating element to your fountain, but ice will not deter the birds from drinking, as they are able to garner water from ice, icicles, and even snow. In fact, sometimes if there is a heated element to the fountain and can pose a bigger threat to the wildlife. In the winter, consider placing large rocks in the basin, or long sticks over the bath to prevent the birds from bathing in freezing temperatures, allowing them to only drink.


There are many birdbaths that are offered with temperature controlled settings, or you can consider and immersion heater for your existing birdbath. Just be sure to never add antifreeze to your birdbath, this is poisonous, and can kill the birds. If they bath in this substance it can cause matting of there wings, not allowing them to fly, causing hypothermia and death as well.


For the winter months, do not keep the bath totally full. However, in the summer make sure the bath is filled often, as the heat can cause evaporation. It is also a good idea to change the water frequently; this keeps it fresh and clean, and curbs the growth of algae in the bath. It will also keep mosquitoes from laying their larvae in the baths. If any of these substances do begin to grow, the bath will need emptied and thoroughly cleaned with running water and a stiff brush. Changing the water daily will also keep the bath free of bird dropping or dirty feathers that result from the birds.


Birdbaths are a great way to draw in the local wildlife and with a little extra care and maintenance can be used all year long. This will keep the birds in your setting, because they have a constant supply of water! Posted by Jean Widner.


How to choose the right fountain

By: admin | Posted on: Sep/05/2016

When looking for a fountain for your patio, learning about what types of fountains are best for your space, will help set you on the path to find your perfect outdoor water feature! Here are the top five things to consider in making your choice.

1. Design

When you’re looking at your overall landscape, consider first why you want a water feature. Is it meant to be the centerpiece of the design or an accent? What is the space used for? If this is an area where you entertain, then consider the flow of your space and what it will be like when others are gathered. Noise level should also be factored in. If you are looking to use the sound of water to add ambience or drown out other unpleasant sounds such as traffic, for example, then you’ll want to choose a fountain style that accomplishes those goals.

2. Weight

The next thing you should consider that many people overlook is the weight of the fountain. Your patio may not be able to handle the weight of a heavy cast stone or concrete fountain. You may then need to consider fiberglass fountains, which are much lighter in weight. It is important to remember that wood patios hold less weight then concrete patios.   To calculate the weight per square foot, use this format: measure the base, in inches, divided by the inches per foot and multiple by two. This will give you the area of the base. You can then use the total weight of the fountain; divide it by the base in inches of the fountain to determine what the weight per square foot of the fountain you are looking to purchase may be. This will help determine if the outdoor fountain you have chosen can be supported properly by your patio or deck.

3. Overall size and shape

Once you determine which weight is correct for your patio, you should next look at the size of the fountain. Depending on your landscape, you may determine that you want it to be the focal point; if so, you’ll want a much larger water feature. If you are unsure, you should review the dimensions of the fountain, both the height and overall shape. Choosing fountains with basins may not be an optimal choice if you have a small area. For example, a tall, tiered fountain over four feet in height may create the wrong optical appearance for a small backyard. Or, if you have a wall or corner area, consider using this space for your fountain. There are many styles of wall-fountains which are designed to be set against, or hung, on a wall.

4. Focal point

If the fountain will be a centerpiece of the design, consider thin, tiered fountains. These fountains will create tiers of cascading water that will be very appealing to the eye and ear. If you have a small area for your fountain, pot-style fountains, which are round and smaller in size, would be a smart decision. If you are just looking for an accent piece, you may find the terrace sized fountains such as Campania Internationals mini-series fountains can add an element of water flowing while keeping the size in check.

5. Splash

The last thing you should consider is the splash of the fountain. All fountains will splash outside of their barrier, to some degree. If the water is landing on a surrounding area such as a patio, then the walking surface may become slippery. If you desire minimal splash, you should consider urn fountains which bubble and cascade down the sides of a fountain, versus multi-tiered fountains, which will have a higher level of splash. Adding flow restrictors onto fountain tubing will help cut down on the water that will flow to the top of the pump. Remember though to also keep in mind your original goals. The amount of sound your fountain makes is determined in part by the amount of splash one has.


Adding a fountain or water feature on your patio or deck can be a wonderful choice once you’ve determined what will work best for your home, lifestyle and needs. Posted by Jean Widner.


Historical Gardens and Newport, Rhode Island on Garden Fountains & Outdoor Decor

By: admin | Posted on: Sep/10/2014

There are many different locations through the world that features some of the most well known gardens and waterfalls. Many people know these places, but do not think about locations through the world that also features very well known garden accents.

Newport Rhode Island is one of those places.  Newport, RI has always been very well known as one of the go to escapes for the wealthy. Summer cottages were created by some of the wealthiest during the 20th century including family names like the Vanderbilts and the Astors. These cottages were not necessarily what you may think of as “cottages”, but rather gorgeous mansions built upon a beautiful serene setting. In addition to these mansions, there were gorgeous gardens abound.  Whether you have visited these gardens or have always admired them from publication like magazines or on the web, we have a way to bring them right into your very own garden.

With the partnership of Campania International, a U.S. cast stone manufacturer, and the Newport Country Preservation Society, we bring to your a selection of products created after the beautiful historical pieces found in Newport, Rhode Island. These 11 pieces can fit into any outdoor space!  Some of them can even be brought indoors. The first selection of products from this new collection is containers.  From smaller sized containers, to larger magnificent containers, the Newport Mansions Collection can showcase your favorite flowers or greens!  To see all plant-able pieces within the Newport Mansions Collection, visit our website .

Rosecliff Planter

If you desire a very large, stately piece, the Rosecliff Planter is definitely the choice for your.  With beautiful decorative elements around the entire planter, the Rosecliff is a beautiful choice for homes, or even businesses. If the space you have is limited, consider a small, decorative element like the Swan Planter.  A beautiful combination of a decorative statue and a planter, the Swan would look wonderful placed at a driveway entry or even backyard patio.

If you are searching for more of a statue, the Newport Mansions Collection does include a few select statue elements.

Newport Rabbits

The Newport Rabbits are a beautiful choice for flanking any space.  These adorable little rabbits are sure to be loved by anyone who places their sight upon them! If you are looking for a more whimsical element, consider the Newport Garden Elves.  This adorable little guys can be placed among your flowering plants for an element of surprise or placed anywhere that seems to just be missing something.

Adding a historical element to your outdoor decor is a wonderful way to bring any space alive. offers historical collections from Longwood Gardens, Smithsonian and Colonial Williamsburg.  Be sure to check out our collections and add a piece of history to your home today!
By: Susan Soler of the Team





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