Archives for May 2014

Tuesday At The Tree: Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies

ButterflyDo you have a deck, patio, or sitting area by your garden and wish you had hummingbirds, butterflies and bee’s humming around? This coming Tuesday, June 2nd at 10am we will have Chip Utsey hosting our Tuesdays at the Tree event. He will help teach us about the best plants, feeders and food for maximum attraction to your garden. We ask for you to join us, share your stories and give us tips you have as well to increase all of our knowledge of keeping an active garden of color and liveliness.

In today’s post, we have included some tips and information on hummingbirds and butterflies to give you extra information and knowledge before attending the event:

Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies

We suggest planting an array of flowers and plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. How about feeders? Hummingbird feeders are good but why not give the little beauties some natural food that looks great too. Here is a list of suggested flowers for your garden –  Verbena’s, Trumpet Vine, Columbine, Phlox, Crossvine, Butterfly Bush, Lantana, Hibiscus, Cardinal Flower, Bee Balm, Penta, and Black and Blue Salvia.

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Migration to Georgia: Hummingbirds start hanging around Georgia from May to August. See more on our tips and advice section.

 We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook ,Twitter,  Google+!

“Pete” Pike Book Signing Tomorrow!

10358551_10152395609623810_5596019387950057265_nIt’s a big day this Saturday, May 24! Pete Pike’s new book is out and he will be signing from 10am-2pm. If you haven’t visited the Pete Pike Museum yet to learn all about how this man went from humble beginnings to creating the largest independently owned nursery chain in the country then you must stop in and check it out! Take a little piece of Atlanta’s history with you with Pete’s book written in his own “speak.”

Also a BIG sale – 20% off your entire purchase (exclusions apply) all day May 24, AND stop by from 11am-1pm for a FREE hotdog lunch for Memorial Day!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook ,Twitter,  Google+!

Be Creative with Container Gardens & Tips From Carmen Johnson!

Think of a container garden as if you were following a recipe.  By following a simple recipe, planting a container gardens couldn’t be easier. All you need is potting soil, plants, a sturdy container and fertilizer. That said, there are some things about your container that will be helpful to know before you start.

Make sure your container has enough drainage

  • One or more drainage holes in the bottom of the pot is crucial to healthy plant growth.
  • Cover the holes with coffee filters or paper towels to let water out but keep soil in.
  • Elevate the pot with “pot feet”

 Picking your plants is the next step

  • Plants for containers are often called “Thrillers, Fillers & Spiller.” Thrillers are the height, fillers fill out the interior, and spillers trail over the edge of the pot.
  • Choose plants that are appropriate for the amount of sunlight in the area.
  • Choose colors and textures that compliment the area.

We have a wonderful video from the talented and beautiful Carmen Johnson, lifestyle expert from Southern Living Plant Collection, who gave us an incredible tutorial on how to make a creative container garden. We have included her seminar below with some helpful ways to start your own!

  • Small shrubs make excellent instant container garden plants, once they get too big, plant them in your yard.
  • Use moss as a texture and also to cover the dirt.
  • Plant the three “T’s” – Tall, Thick, Trailing.

Before you leave The Family Tree

You will need:  Container, potting soil, plants, fertilizer and watering bucket or hose.  Be sure to ask one of our experts for help with any part of your planting!  We love helping with container gardens!

Choose placement for your thrillers (tall plants) first.  Either on the back of the container if it will be against a backdrop, or in the middle of the pot.  Add the fillers next, then the spillers. Decide placement before you plant; all of these plants will grow so remember to leave room for them to spread.

Here are some templates for you to follow with your own selections.

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Full Sun Garden
A. Black Sweet Potato
B. Deep Purple Petunia
C. Creeping Jenny
D. Large Lilac Verbena
E. Yellow African Daisy
Container = 16″-20″

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Shade Garden

A. Varigated Annual Grass
B. “Dragon Wing” Begonia
C. Varigated Ivy

Urn =14″-18″

As always, feel free to stop by The Family Tree and speak with one of our knowledgeable associates if you have any questions or concerns!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Still trying to figure out what to get mom for Mother’s Day? The Family Tree is your one stop shop for all your decor, shopping and gardening gifts! In today’s post we have included our amazing selection of goodies, just perfect for mom!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

Dr. Allan Armitage Is Coming To The Family Tree Tomorrow

We are so thrilled to have Dr. Allan Armitage, PHD at The Family Tree tomorrow – Saturday, May 3, at 10am! 

Dr. Allan Armitage, Professor Emeritus and creator of the Trial Gardens at The University of Georgia is an author of over 10 books on Perennials, speaks all over the world, and has won countless awards in the Horticulture arena.  Don’t miss this entertaining and informative FREE seminar about All Things Perennials!

Dr. Allan Armitage, Free Semiar at The Family Tree Garden Center

Dr. Allan Armitage, Free Semiar at The Family Tree Garden Center

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook ,Twitter, Google+!