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.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

The New Year brings plenty of opportunities for new growth. If you’ve vowed to start fresh this year, you’ve probably already thought about how to spend more time with loved ones, budget better, travel more, or live a healthier lifestyle. But have you thought about making a fresh start in the garden?

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

  1. I will compost more. Composting helps the environment, reduces the need for fertilizer, gets rid of home waste, and makes plants grow bigger and healthier.
  2. I will plant native plants. How do we love native plants? Let us count the ways . . . Native plants enrich the soil, help prevent soil erosion, and help protect bees and other wildlife.
  3. I will start a vegetable garden. Food fresh from the garden is just as gratifying as fresh-plucked bouquets. And you don’t even have to wait for spring! Plant a winter vegetable garden with carrots, collards, English peas, Irish potatoes, lettuce, mustard, spinach, turnips, and radishes.
  4. I will keep my garden clean. Nobody wants diseases to crop up this spring!
  5. I will plan. Haphazard planting is all well and good, but with a little forethought, you can cultivate healthier plants and a more elegant landscape. Group plants by color, texture, and how much sunlight and water they require.
  6. I will plant for all seasons, not just spring and summer. Hardscaping is a great way to do this. So is finding plants with strong branches and elegant shapes.
  7. I will prune wisely. Now is the time to prune trees and woody shrubs. But remember: you can always prune more, but you can’t put chopped branches back on the tree.

Visit Whispering Springs Nursery for landscaping ideas and gardening supplies in Jasper, GA.

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.

Things To Remember When Preparing Your Garden For The Winter

Winter plantsThe leaves are beginning to fall off of the trees and the cooler winter temperatures are rolling in. That means it’s time to prepare your plants and garden for the winter. We care about your lawn and garden at Whispering Springs and this is why we’ve taken the time to put together a guide to help you find what you should be planting this month. Remember to keep us in mind when you’re clearing out your fall lawn and garden debris. Check it out!

November and December are great months to get ready for the new year. Spreading manure, rotted sawdust and leaves over your garden and plowing them under – don’t forget to save those plants for a compost heap!

Now, it’s time to take inventory. Everybody loves to save money, right? If you like to get the most for your money, taking inventory at the end of the year can save you a lot of money next gardening season. Maybe you had too much of some vegetables and not enough of others – or maybe there were some unnecessary “skips” in the supply. Now is a great time to make a note about favorite varieties and start planning next year’s garden now.

Look around at your gardening tools and see what needs to be replaced, then hint for those as a Christmas gift. 🙂

For more information about our plants at Whispering Springs Nursery, visit our website or give us a call at 770-893-1254. Have you visited our nursery lately? Rate and share your experience with our team in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Why Leaves Change Colors

leavesWe all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves, especially the Whispering Springs Nursery team. The changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight us, but do you really know why the leaves change colors in the fall?

Let’s Get To It

According to Sciencemadesimple.com, “as summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter – this is where the color changing process begins. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.”

When this happens sometimes we may see shades of yellow and or orange appeal on the leaf. Most likely, small amounts of these colors may have already existed on the leaf, but you couldn’t see it because of it was covered by the green chlorophyll.

Leaves that turn red in the fall usually have food trapped in them while leaves that turn brown have waste in them. It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colors we enjoy each year.

For more information about our products and services at Whispering Springs Nursery, visit our website or give us a call at 770-893-1254.  Are you a current Whispering Springs Nursery customer? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We enjoy hearing from you!

Decorating Your Yard This Halloween

pumpkinsHalloween is right around the corner. At Whispering Springs Nursery, we love to see all of the creative ways are customers like to decorate their yard for the holiday. So just in case you waited and haven’t decorated your lawn just yet, we’ve put together some cool ideas that are easy to put together at home. Check them out.

Make Use Of Your Potted Plants

One of the easiest things to decorate for Halloween are your potted plants. Whether it’s just a simple homemade spider web, plastic bugs crawling in the plant or a fake hand protruding from the soil of the plant. There are so many ways you can incorporate your plants into the decoration.

Decorate Your Fence

Your fence can be easily incorporated into a Halloween decorative scene but can also be easily forgotten. Decorating your fence is similar to decorating your pots in the sense that you have many decorative options and visions you can explore. Whether you’re wanting to make your fence look old and worn, spider infested or splattered with blood (fake blood, of course), your fence can be a great prop in decorating for Halloween.

Homemade Blow-up Pumpkins

Turn a yard full of leaves into a pumpkin family in little to no time. Simply buy some trash bags that have a pumpkin face on them (these are often available at the supermarket during the fall) and stuff them with leaves! The more bags of leaves you have – the bigger your pumpkin family will be. It’s an easy way to efficiently clean and add personality to your yard.

So whether you’re looking to make your yard look spooky, scary or friendly this Halloween, these ideas are definitely great places to start. Embrace your creativity this holiday season and let it show in your lawn. Happy decorating!

For more information about Whispering Springs Nursery, visit our website or give us a call at 770-893-1254. Have you been by the nursery lately? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!