Back Off, Bloodsuckers!

Spending long evenings in the garden with family and friends is one of the best parts of summer, but–ugh, what do you do about all those bloodsuckers? Mosquito bites aren’t just itchy; they can also be dangerous. Before you reach for the bug spray or smelly chemicals, however, consider mosquito-repellant plants for a beautiful, natural way to keep your skin free of bites.

Most of the plants that repel mosquitoes are herbs, which makesmosquito sense: herbs tend to have a pungent smell, which is what dissuades bugs. Perhaps most obviously, citronella plants are great for this! Citronella oil is an ingredient in almost all bug sprays. If you’ve only ever smelled citronella in a chemical candle or bug spray, though, don’t be fooled. Not only are they attractive and super effective but citronella plants have a fresh and clean scent that you’ll love as much as the mosquitoes hate it. If citronella isn’t your cup of tea, or if you’d just like a little more variety, consider strong-smelling herbs like lavender, peppermint, sage, and even catnip! Try tossing sage in the flames next time you gather around an outdoor fire for a little summer magic. 

Herbs aren’t the only plants that keep mosquitoes at bay. There are a couple of different flowers that can also get the job done, including marigolds and ageratum, also called the floss flower. Marigolds are a great choice, since these easy perennials don’t need much advanced care. Both marigolds and floss flowers will thrive in bright sunlight, and will be a colorful as well as useful addition to your garden.

If you’re ready to take control of your mosquito problem, call Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA or come down to our nursery any time. We’d love to help you create a beautiful solution!

Summer Garden TLC

With the summer weather so perfect for spending time outside, you’re probably getting a nice long look at your garden. Is it everything you’d hoped, or does it need a little bit of work? Here are some ways to freshen up your garden this summer.

Mid-summer is a good time to cut back your annuals and give them a boost of fertilizer to really freshen up their color. It’s also a good time to assess which plants are working out and which aren’t. Spend some time with your plants and decide which are thriving, which might need extra caresummer garden tips, and which are ready to go to that big garden in the sky.

If you have plants in containers, spice them up a bit. Try out new locations and new combinations of scent and color while you’ll be spending a lot of time outside and can decide if you really like them or not. Switch out old pots for new ones, or freshen up old pots with a new coat of paint. This is a great project to do with kids, who can help move potted plants, suggest colors, or even do the painting themselves!

And while you’re at it, give the patio or deck a good cleaning! Sweep and hose down the flooring, trim up the edges, wipe down furniture, and wash slipcovers for a brighter, fresher outdoor space. When you’re done, add cut flowers from your garden to bring a new pop of color that much closer to you.

Summer is also a great time for big landscaping projects. If you’re feeling ambitious about your outdoor space, contact Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA for beautiful, cohesive landscape design!

Protect Plants from Heat Stress

We know gardeners get worn out in the heat, but did you know your garden can suffer from heat stress too? If your plants have suddenly started dropping leaves or looking wilted or bleached, check the thermostat. Soaring temperatures may be to blame. At Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA we understand the hot Georgia climate and how it can harm your garden. Here are some ways to protect your plants from heat stress.

Fstick figure man sweats in the sunirst, continue to water your plants properly. Enough water is extra important when it’s very hot, because heat increases evaporation and can dry out the soil. You don’t want to drown or rot your plants, so avoid the temptation to overwater–just make sure the soil is as moist as your plants need. When it’s very hot outside, watering early in the morning will help your soil absorb the water before the sun light becomes too strong. 

Otherwise, consider ways to keep direct sunlight off your plants, such as mulching, shade cloths, or row covers. Row covers and shade cloths will keep the direct sunlight off your plants while still allowing proper airflow if you make sure they are placed high enough. Mulch will help keep water evaporation to a minimum and protect your plants’ roots from the sun. This is great for plants that need protection from heat but still need many hours of sunlight. Whispering Springs Nursery has a great selection of mulches, plus the expertise to help you pick the correct one for your specific garden’s needs.

Come by our nursery and let’s get started protecting your garden from heat!

Keep Deer Out of the Garden!

Sometimes it’s exciting to see a deer, but there are definitely places we don’t want them to be–especially in front of our cars and in our gardens! Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA offers a beautiful variety of deer-resistant plants to help keep your garden nibble-free, but here are some other tips to keep these gentle nuisances away.

Your first step is probably deer-proof fencing. Deer are pretty stubborn, but with a little work you can deter them from bothering your garden. In addition to traditional fencing solutions, consider stringing fishing wire around your garden. Fishing wire is tough enough to repel deer, but not injure them. Plus, since it’s invisible, it won’t interfere with your view. deer

Look for unpleasant smells. Deer, like many animals, live and die by their sense of smell. There are many deer repellent sprays on the market. Make sure to rotate them throughout the growing season so deer don’t get used to them. Human hair and the urine of predators will also deter deer. Also look for plants with a distinctive, lingering smell, like lavender or other herbs. Deer will try to avoid these smells because they don’t want predators to be able to smell them later.

And finally, if you have a dog, let them into the garden as often as possible! They can keep an eye out for deer when you’re not around, and deer will smell your pup even when he or she is inside and avoid the area.

Still having trouble with deer gnawing on your precious plants? Come talk to us at Whispering Springs Nursery!

Tips for Creating a Container Garden

Container gardening has so many advantages, especially for a beginner. You can totally control the soil and water, protect your plants from bad weather if they’re in a small enough container, and move it when you are ready for a change. And with a smaller space to care for, it’s easier to keep track of all the little factors that go into successful planting. But where exactly do you start when you want to create a container garden?

First, make sure you pick the right container. Keep in mind that different plants will require different levels of drainage and ventilation, and select accordingly. Also keep an eye on the size of your container relative to your plants–you don’t want them to feel cramped! container garden

Make sure you also pick the right conditions for your container garden: just like any garden, you want to make sure your plants get the right amount of sun or shade, the best soil composition, and correct water and fertilizer mixtures. Whispering Springs can help make sure you know what your plants need!

If you’re going to mix plants for the fuller appearance of a more traditional garden, look for plants that thrive when planted together. Whispering Springs in Jasper, GA has a huge selection of flowers and herbs that thrive in North Georgia. We can help you select the best plants and either plant them for you, or help you plant them in your own container.  

Come by our beautiful nursery in Jasper, GA and let’s talk about the kind of container garden you want to create!

Tips for Creating Your Fairy Garden

Fairies have been popular in myths and stories for thousands of years. When the Appalachian mountains were settled by Irish and Scottish immigrants, they brought their stories with them, populating this area with fairy tales. Here are some tips for creating your very own fairy garden to honor this legacy!

  • Pick a theme. Do you want to make a bright, whimsical fairy garden with lots of pinks and yellows, or maybe a darker, Gothic garden full of dark purple flowers? Make sure your fairy garden looks cohesive by planning your theme in advance. If you are working on your fairy garden with children, have them decide what kind of fairy lives there and build a garden that reflects their imaginings. fairy garden
  • Add tiny furniture. Even fairies need a place to sit down! Small tables, fences, etc. can make a charming addition. Whispering Springs nursery has options for every style of fairy garden. You could even borrow a fairy-sized castle from your fish tank–they may be designed for fish, but fairies will fit too!
  • Choose plants fairies will like. One of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is named Peaseblossom, and Oberon, king of the fairies, famously uses a wild pansy (called “love-in-idleness”) as a love potion. Herbs like mint, thyme, or rosemary will fill the air around your fairy garden with a magical scent!
  • Choose plants that like each other. In such a small space, you don’t want half your plants to need a lot of sunlight and the other half to need a lot of shade.
  • Ask us for help! At Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, Georgia we have everything you need for an enchanting fairy garden, including years of experience and expertise that we are happy to share.

Give us a call or come down to our beautiful nursery space and let’s start planning your perfect fairy garden!

Bring the Family Together with a Fairy Garden for Mom

fairy gardenNestled in the small town of Jasper, Whispering Springs Nursery is home to some of the most beautiful greenery and landscape designs in Georgia. But we’re also a great garden center if you prefer to design your own masterpieces! One of our favorite things to watch gardeners design is fairy gardens. There are several different elements associated with these “magical mini-landscapes” that make them perfect for any home! They are visually attractive, creating a small community of plants and pots in your own yard. Beyond that, they are incredibly easy to create and upkeep. One concern that often accompanies gardening is the difficulty to keep it trimmed, tended, and visually attractive. Fairy gardens are a fun project for the whole family, and they’re easy to design and maintain, even for kids!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Something thoughtful and creative that she can keep? Fairy gardens are a great gift for mom, providing a thoughtful gift, a new skill, and an opportunity to spend the weekend together as a family constructing your own magical fairy garden!

The wide selection of options provided by at Whispering Springs makes it’s nearly impossible to create a visual clash. We have endless options of miniature fairy huts, tiny gardening accessories, and small scale plants to complete your fairy garden. You can choose from a variety of designs, colors, and plants that go along with the design of your real life home or garden.

As you continue to search for ideas and ways to revamp your yard and spend time with the whole family, visit to Whispering Springs Nursery. Swing by before Mother’s Day to begin your family fairy garden adventure!

Don’t Give Deer a Free Lunch

Are you tired of deer tearing through your garden? Deer are like locust, emerging from nowhere to chew leafy crops down to the root. And summer is high season for these furry fiends. They need extra nutrition in the warmer months since many does are be pregnant or nursing and young bucks need energy to grow their magnificent antlers. So how can you protect your landscape from hungry deer? Plant their least favorite foods!

6 Deer Resistant Plants for Georgia Gardens

  1. deer in landscapeBear’s breeches. Towering like elegant centerpieces, this plant boasts light, attractive blooms and broad, glossy leaves. Bear’s breeches adds texture and height to the garden, it’s drought-tolerant, and deer find it unappealing to boot!
  2. Butterfly weed. Butterflies may flock to this vibrant orange perennial, but deer prefer to keep their distance.
  3. Caryopteris. Do you love unusual flowers with eye-catching texture? This cool-toned shrub will continue blooming long after other bushes have spent their blooms.
  4. Chrysanthemum. A fall-blooming beauty that comes in a variety of dark, rich, and warm-hues, chrysanthemums put off a strong floral bouquet . . . and deer wrinkle their noses at their natural perfume.
  5. Crocosmia. If you love tropical beauties, plant crocosmia. With its long, elegant arrays of tropical orange blooms, it’s a perennial eye-catcher that will remind you of the beach (and drive off deer).
  6. Goldenrod. Do you need to fill bare places in the garden? Goldenrod is a good choice for adding depth to flowerbeds, filling vases, and encouraging deer to find a meal elsewhere.

At Whispering Springs Nursery, we specialize in deer resistant plants. For more tips on keeping deer out of the landscape, visit our gardening center in Jasper, GA.

How to Create a Flourishing Spring Garden

Spring has finally arrived! We know we’re not the only ones excited to dig into a fresh year of gardening. Make sure you don’t miss anything on your spring landscaping checklist.

Early Spring Checklist

  • shovel digging in dirtBefore you dig into spring planting, check your bulb beds to make sure things look good for bright, beautiful spring blooms.
  • Check the pH of your soil and supplement flowerbeds with fertilizer, lime, or compost to ensure plants stay happy all summer.
  • Prune fruit trees before buds appear on the branches. Remember: wait too long and you’ll stress the trees, leading to a low yield.
  • Divide and replant perennials, making sure each new plant has at least three stems.
  • Plant early spring vegetables like carrots, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Clean up the landscape. Remove winter debris, repair damaged beds, and take your lawn mower to be serviced before the first mow of the season.

Mid-Spring Checklist

  • Plant fresh flowerbeds full of vibrant colors and eye-catching shapes.
  • Put your planters away until fall. Leave the birdbaths out and full of water.
  • Transplant seedlings for annuals.
  • Take stock of your spring landscape. Write down any notes about how to improve the view next year. Trust us, you’ll forget what you wanted to fix by next spring!
  • Apply mulch around flowerbeds to suppress summer weeds and help retain moisture.

Late Spring Checklist

  • Deadhead spring-blossoming bulbs.
  • Prune spring-blooming shrubs after they’ve spent their blossoms for the year.
  • Take a break and plant a fairy garden inside the house.

Do you need fresh spring flowers and shrubs, new tools and garden ornaments, tips on seasonal landscape care, or professional insight on your landscape design? Visit Whispering Springs Nursery for landscaping solutions in Jasper.

Sprinkle Fairy Dust Over Your Garden

Fairy gardens add a dash of whimsy to the landscape. They’re fun, simple to make, and brighten the yard even in the dead of winter. Ready to plant fresh enchantment? Make your own fairy garden with a little help from your friends at Whispering Springs Nursery.

How to Plant a Fairy Garden

We’re addicted to making these magical mini-landscapes. They’re a lovely addition to garden paths, porches, indoor spaces, or nestled into flowerbeds. Don’t worry if you’ve never planted a fairy garden before. This DIY garden project is as simple as it is stunning!

  • fairy garden at whispering springsGather your supplies. There are plenty of fairy garden items available in Jasper. Whether you’re looking for ceramic pots, fairy houses, tiny furniture, fanciful accessories, or lush plants for your fairy garden, you’ll find what you need at Whispering Springs Nursery.
  • Choose your spot. If you want a mobile fairy garden, look for ceramic and terra cotta pots, unique planters like wicker baskets or wheelbarrows, or empty spaces in your flower beds. If you’re planting your fairy garden directly in the ground, make sure the spot you choose has adequate sunlight and good drainage.
  • Arrange your design. Before you get started, it’s a good idea to plan your layout to ensure everything fits together. That way you don’t have to rip up succulents because you ran out of room for the cottage.
  • Plant your magic. Choose a potting soil that has adequate drainage. Plant large-root plants first, then arrange your hardscape items and fairy accessories. Voila! Your garden has been transported to a storybook world.

Time to spread some fairy dust! Visit Whispering Springs Nursery for fairy garden supplies and tips.