3 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Container Garden

container gardensContainer gardens are all the hype this year – and for good reason! They are easy to make, easy to maintain, and even easier to start. This “garden in a box” is exactly what it sounds like – your favorite plants potted in a container and placed in a spot where they can flourish. A little TLC, sunlight, and water are all you need to help your plants grow. Are you ready to get started?

Consider the following tips to make a container garden:

Buy the Right Materials

First, you must decide what plants you want in your container garden. Your container garden can produce vegetables, fruits, or flowers – whatever you fancy! Once you decide on what you want to grow, research what that plant requires to grow. For example, tomatoes need a container with a good amount of depth for the roots to grow; herbs and lettuce require a shallow container with a wide surface area. Of course, all plants need sunlight every day and plenty of water.

Make Your Container Garden Unique

Your plant of choice will make the top of your container garden look beautiful. But, you can also make the container itself stand out! For example, choosing different containers (buckets, pots, crates, boxes, etc.) of all different sizes and colors will help make your container garden unique.

Shop at Whispering Springs Nursery

You won’t have to go far to find the perfect container garden plants for your home. At Whispering Springs Nursery, we have a plethora of plants for you to choose from. Or, you can have one of our specialists put together a unique container garden for you! Contact the team at Whispering Springs Nursery with any questions you have.

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.

Give Holiday Greenery a Fresh Twist

Tired of that faded, plastic Christmas wreath you hang over the fireplace year after year? Nature abounds with holiday greenery that’s just begging for a place in your home. Add variety to your living Christmas decorations with these holiday tips from Whispering Springs.

Fresh Ideas for Christmas Greenery

  1. Succulents. Want a holiday wreath that will last all season and isn’t made of plastic? Succulents make the holiday home feel fresher and more alive. They also stay alive, even if you have a black thumb or forget to water them before hitting the road this Christmas. Decorate with succulents in cute containers, as mantlepiece accents, or even in a holiday wreath.
  2. red twig hearts and holiday berriesRed Twig Dogwoods. These shrubs have a fiery holiday presence. Slender, elegant, and bold red, Red Twig Dogwood cuttings are perfect for adding color and height to Christmas greenery. They’re also gorgeous on their own. Place woody branches in a tall, elegant vase with white, silver, or gold filler stones.
  3. Mistletoe. Mistletoe is good for more than stealing kisses. Make a mistletoe holiday wreath for a simple, elegant holiday decoration for the door or mantle. Bonus: no one can catch you beneath the mistletoe without your say-so!
  4. Evergreens. Why mess with a good thing? Firs, cedars, and other evergreens have fragrant branches that make excellent wreaths, garlands, and spots of color scattered around the house. Keep ‘em simple or add your own twist with ribbons, berries, and festive holiday decorations.

Have you visited Whispering Springs lately? Stop by our Jasper nursery for more holiday plants and decor.

How to Make a Summer Garden Look Like Spring

Choosing the right plant for your landscape is only the first step in cultivating a garden that’s worth another look. Garden maintenance may be less fun than landscape design, but it does just as much for the beauty as planting bright annuals and richly textured trees. Are your plants wilting under the hot summer sun? Keep your yard bold and beautiful with our top summer garden care tips.

Summer Garden Maintenance

  • Do your homework. Can’t wait to plant new summer flowers or a fresh veggie garden? Before you dig in, do your research. Choose plants that don’t just look great together, but also have similar growing conditions. Test the soil before you plant and supplement it as necessary.
  • Dig in. Nobody wants weeds in the garden, but nobody wants to pull them up either. Weeding is unavoidable if you want a thriving landscape. Go ahead and dig in (or pay the neighbor kids to do it for you). Trust us, it’ll be a lot harder to uproot them later if you let them grow.
  • Deadhead. Maybe you went on vacation and your house sitter neglected the yard. Maybe you forgot to water for a week. But if your summer flowers look droopy, there’s a simple solution: deadhead. Remove spent blooms on your annuals and perennials and, with a little TLC, they may blossom again before summer ends.
  • summer plants with soaker hoseWater. We live in Georgia after all. If you can’t survive 10 minutes outdoors without running inside for some sweet tea, you should seriously consider how much water you give your plants. Invest in a soaker hose, which allows water to penetrate the roots more deeply. Check how much water your plants need during the summer to survive. Most garden plants need about 1 inch per week.

Need a burst of inspiration? Whispering Springs Nursery has a wide variety of summer plants that thrive in the mountainous region of Jasper. Stroll our nursery and talk to our staff about planting and maintaining summer gardens.

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The Buzz on Pollinator Gardens

Pollinators are an integral part of our ecosystem. They’re not just colorful birds flitting around our kitchen windows or butterflies dancing along the hedges. They’re the bees, bats, birds, and other creatures that are responsible for pollinating 75% of the plants we need for food, drinks, medicine, fabric, and spices. Unfortunately, pollinator populations are in decline. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your morning coffee (coffee plants are pollinated by wild bees), it’s time to do your part in planting a pollinator garden.

Protecting Pollinators

bee pollinating flowerPollinators are in decline. Habitat loss, pesticides, grazing practices, and introduced species have drastically affected the bee population in the last few decades. Since 2006, the US has lost 40% of its commercial honeybee population. The World Conservation Union predicts that the reduction in pollinator populations, along with a variety of other factors, may lead to the extinction of roughly 20,000 flowering plant species in the next few decades. So what can gardeners in Jasper do?

Planting for Pollinators

  • Before planting your first flower, take a look at your gardening practices. Are they eco-friendly? Reducing or eliminating chemical pesticides can go a long way toward helping pollinator populations.
  • Plant a variety of native plants that flower at various points in the year. This provides nectar throughout the entire growing season.
  • Don’t plant solitary flowers, trees, and shrubs. Clump native plants together in an artful arrangement. Not only will it look better, it has a better chance of attracting pollinators to the garden.
  • Avoid planting invasive species. If you’re new to the area, ask the folks at Whispering Springs Nursery which native plants will attract pollinators, and which invasive species will only cause more damage.

Time to get to work! Visit Whispering Springs Nursery for native plants, landscape design tips, and information on how to protect pollinators.


Reclaim Your Landscape from the Wild

overgrown shrubsNature has a mind of its own. It’s easy to step outside on a bright spring morning, only to realize that the thriving garden you planted all those years ago has taken on a mind of its own. Weeds spring up, perennials grow unruly, and deer munch on trees, flowers, and shrubs. Lucky for you, Whispering Springs Nursery is here to help you reclaim your landscape from the wilds of Jasper.

Tips for Redesigning the Landscape

  1. Set goals. Why do you want a thriving landscape? To attract bees and birds, to give the kids a place to play, or to enjoy its beauty from the kitchen window? Taking a serious look at your lifestyle will help you plan the ideal garden.
  2. Consider what went wrong. Do you have drainage issues? Curious wildlife? No time to prune? Take these problems into account when designing a new landscape. Deer around your property won’t miraculously disappear, but if you plant deer-resistant shrubs, you may encourage them to look elsewhere for supper.
  3. Out with the old. Before you start planting flowering shrubs, clear away the brambles. Remove weeds, trim unruly plants, and uproot any vegetation that makes your yard look messy. Get rid of hardscaping eyesores like moldy bird baths and broken garden ornaments.
  4. Ask the pros. Whether you need tips on choosing the right annuals or an artist’s eye for your landscape redesign, Whispering Springs Nursery is here to help. Our retail center is full of knowledgable staff who are happy to help with your plant selection. We also have a landscape artist, James Grno, whose keen eye and artistic mind have transformed many a yard into a vital landscape.

Whispering Springs Nursery has everything you need to redesign your landscape this spring. Visit us for garden inspiration, landscaping tips, and the best selection of plants in Jasper.

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Holiday in the Sun

Keeping plants healthy when they’re fully exposed to sunlight can be a challenge, but knowing which plants are suited for full sun is the key. Try sticking with native plants, as well as plants that are tolerant to heat and drought. Then, simply plan an arrangement and put that green thumb to work!

Full Sun Annuals

sunflowerBecause of their tendency to be tough and drought resistant, many annuals make popular and fitting choices for planting in full sun. Kansas’ state flower, the sunflower, isn’t picky about soil condition, making it a great choice for easy-going gardening in direct sunlight. Marigolds are similarly low-maintenance and come in different styles such as French, African and Triploid.

Full Sun Perennials

Plenty of perennials also fare well in hot, sunny conditions. Lavender loves hot, dry conditions, and smells wonderful anywhere you plant it. Any area that is nutrient-challenged is a great place for hens and chicks, or sempervivum, a unique style of succulent. The mother plant of this species always stays attached to its babies, helping them grow, so planting these with your children is a fun way to teach them about gardening.

Sunny Border Plants

The smaller, shorter plants used for edging and borders in your garden can often be susceptible to direct sunlight, but not with our help. It’s very important to keep soil type and moisture in mind when choosing your border plants. Yarrow, while technically an herb, is great for garden borders and is nearly care-free once planted. The beautiful daylily, which now has over 35,000 different hybrids, is another gardener’s favorite that needs little attention after you plant it.

For more help with your lawn and garden, contact the friendly gardening pros at Whispering Spring Nursery, or check out our services online any time.