Archives for August 2014

More Fun With Your Garden

Have you been gardening all summer and have more fruits and vegetables than you can eat and gorgeous flowers you wish you could preserve? We understand that challenge and have put together a post that will give you the chance to not only have fun with your garden but play with your food! Get creative and put that produce to work. Here are a few DIY projects to try this weekend:

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Photo by Sam Henderson via HGTV Gardens

Time to Tie-Dye – Go ahead and play with your food on this project.  Inspired by the HGTV Gardens DIY we thought combing fun and the garden is a great idea. Use berries from your garden and you can make some amazing Tie-Dye shirts, socks, shorts or anything that you want!

Dry Flowers – once the season is over that doesn’t mean that you have to throw out all your flowers. Drying your flowers can be used in a frame, vase or in a table setting. You can get creative and keep your favorite flower around all season long. 

Freeze berries to save for later! Do you have so many berries in your garden and don’t know what to do with them? Freezing them to use later is the perfect solution.

Get your kids involved.  From the moment you get your garden started to the produce that you get make sure to have your kids involved. They will spark creative ideas you would have never even thought to do!

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+!

Top 5 Benefits of Houseplants

Did you know? Houseplants benefit your overall health and wellness in addition to making your home look beautiful and inviting! This season, The Family Tree has received a range of gorg20140811_144609-1eous houseplants of every shape, color and style. We’ve got hundreds for bright light and low light, large areas and small. If you are looking for a pre-potted plant, terrarium, miniature garden, or something totally different, we have everything you want and more. Here, we highlight five great benefits of having houseplants in your home!

20140821_082705-11. Plants can remove airborne contaminants: We breathe the same air again and again, potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside. Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches, nausea, and more.

2. Plants can make you happy: House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall.

3. Plants can improve your mental health: Caring for a living thing can help when you’re depressed and lonely, giving you a purpose in life.

3.  Plants can improve your sleep: Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night. Filling a vase in your bedroom with these flowers can improve your night’s rest.20140814_092829-1

4.  Plants can prevent allergies: Exposing children to allergens such as plants early in life can help them build a tolerance and immunity to the allergen. It works like a natural custom allergy shot.

5. Plants can help fight colds: Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%. This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

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+!

Top Low Growing Flowering Shrubs

Happy August! With kids going back to school, it might feel like summer is already over but actually it’s still here and ready for you to take advantage of the sun and heat to plant some beautiful flowering shrubs.

In today’s post, The Family Tree Garden Center has put together three great low growing flowering shrubs that are perfect to plant this summer. We will give you an idea of how to properly plant them, when they flower and how much sun they need.

Kaleidoscope Abelia

This low growing flower is rich in color with its bright golden yellow variegation on green leaves. To contrast the rich colors, the red stems create a striking color assortment for this shrub. Great for patio containers and ground cover, this evergreen needs partial to full sun and water weekly. This shrub will last summer into fall. Get inspired with our Kaleidoscope Abelia Pinterest board>>

Flirt Nandina

The Flirt Nandina low growing flowering shrub is gorgeous with a deep red color and lush evergreen leaves. The shrub is know for it’s lasting color through the summer and needs watering before you plant. Make sure to plant this shrub in full sun to partial shade for successful growth. Get inspired with our Flirt Nandina Pinterest Board>>

Crimson Fire Loropetalum (or Purple Pixie Loropetalum)

The Crimson Fire Loropetalum or also called “Purple Pixie” is a compact shrub that is rich in color with neon pink flowers and red foliage that blooms in the spring. This shrub needs full to partial shade. Get inspired with our Purple Pixie Pinterest Board >>

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+!