Archives for August 2015

Quick Sketch Service

As autumn draws near with it’s promise of gorgeous colors and cooler weather, it’s time to start thinking of what your yard will look like this fall. Since fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs, our FREE Quick Sketch Design Program is a great way to help you make landscaping decisions.  You may have an area that the pets tear up, or a slope in your front yard where nothing seems to grow. You may just want a change from what you’ve been looking at all summer. Either way, The Family Tree’s Quick Sketch program is an excellent way to plan the perfect yard.

This free 20 minute meeting is one-on-one with our in-store expert landscape designer. You can landscapeschedule an appointment for any area of concern in your yard, whether it’s a small flowerbed or an area where grass won’t grow. Because this free appointment is 20 minutes long, we can only take care of a small area of your yard.  For large areas or yard makeovers, our Landscape Architect will come to your home and draw a professional plan for you.

After you set up your appointment for a Quick Sketch, all you have to do is bring several pictures of the area and know its measurements and how much sunshine it gets each day. This is all we need to create a beautiful landscape design for you. You will also receive the hand drawn design to take home! To make things even easier, you can choose your plants the same day with the help of one of our associates. Our professional You Pick It, We’ll Plant It Service makes it even easier – you can watch us do the work!

Imagine how stunning that area of your yard will look after just a 20 minute meeting!

Call 770-972-2470 to schedule your free appointment today!

Gardening 101: What’s the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials?

While some of our readers are no doubt expert gardeners, this series is aimed at those who are just getting their feet wet in the gardening world. This is both an exciting and overwhelming place to be; there is a whole world of beautiful flowery possibilities out there, but when you don’t know much about plants, that can also be daunting. That’s where The Family Tree comes in; we are here to help you and answer all your questions!

Today’s topic is annuals vs. perennials; knowing the difference between these two types of flowers willzinnia-3 help you make the most not only of what you already have growing in your yard, but also how you would like your garden to look later on.

Annuals – This type of flower lives for one growing season. Annuals tend to be bright and showy, which make them a colorful addition to your garden, containers and hanging baskets. Annuals are the perfect choice for those of you who love to have fresh color all season long. Many bloom from spring until frost. Annuals like Marigolds, Vinca, Zinnias, Begonias, Petunias, Angelonia, Geraniums and Portulaca can be mixed and matched for garden and hanging basket beauty.

Perennials – Perfect for gardeners who prefer to plant once and enjoy the fruits of their labor for more than a year. Perennials are plants that bloom year after year. This type of plant tends to have a shorter blooming season than annuals, but makes up for it by coming back each year. Since perennials tend to bloom for a few weeks to a month, planting different varieties can offer a longer blooming season. Popular perennials include Echinacea, Daylilies, Hosta, Rudbeckia, and Lantana, but there are hundreds of varieties to sg050602lantana200choose from.

Every garden has a place for both annuals and perennials. Having a selection of each gives your garden and landscape both interesting textures and colors year round. Let our GA Certified Plant Professionals at The Family Tree Garden Center help you design and plan your perfect garden! Be sure to check out our top picks for fall annuals!

Oh Deer! How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Looking out your window and seeing deer munching on your beautifully landscaped yard is every homeowner’s nightmare! While they may be swift and graceful, deer are also capable of making short work of all the decorative plants and trees around your home. Thankfully, there is also a wide variety of plants that deer dislike.

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Ginkgo – The ginkgo tree has unusual fan shaped leaves and turns a brilliant golden color in the fall. What better way to triumph over the deer than with such a gorgeous tree?

Crape Myrtle – The ubiquitous flowering tree in the South, crape myrtles are not particularly appetizing to deer, which leaves their lovely flowers for us to enjoy.


Butterfly Bush – This bush produces long, arching branches that end with clusters of purple flowers. In addition to repelling deer, butterfly bush also attracts butterflies, bringing additional beauty to your backyard.

Forsythia –  Even before the leaves come out in the spring, forsythia are covered with little yellow flowers. The arching branches of this shrub can add pizzaz to your yard without attracting deer.


Lantana_camara_flowers_2Lantana – Available in a variety of colors, lantana is the perfect way to brighten up your yard without attracting any deer. If you’d like to really discourage our four-legged friends, lantana also does well in hanging baskets.

Marigold – These cheerful orange flowers are not a deer’s favorite treat, which makes them great for decorating with. As an added bonus, marigolds keep slugs away; great for near pool and deck areas!

Now that you have an idea what plants deer dislike, you’re probably wondering what plants they love to munch on. Here’s a selection of the more popular flowers that deer gravitate towards:


Daylilies (mainly just the flowers)




Black-eyed Susans


As always, stop by The Family Tree to browse our wide selection of plants or if you have any questions; we are always happy to help!


Saponaria x ‘Oliviana’ 

Tight mounds of succulent, green foliage hold masses of delicate pink star-shaped flowers. Light foot traffic.0000889_saponaria-x-oliviana-soapwort-45-pot10-count-flat-current-status-na_300

Exposure: Full sun

USDA Zones: 4-8

Dimensions: 3″H by 12″W

Drought Tolerant: Yes

Scotch Moss

Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’  

Low moss-like carpet of bright neon-yellow foliage, tiny white flowers spring-summer, does not like drought or wet soil. Moderate foot traffic. 0000637_sagina-subulata-aurea-scotch-moss-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-na_300

Exposure: Full to partial sun

USDA Zones: 3-9

Dimensions: 1″H by 6″W

Drought Tolerant: No

Irish Moss

Sagina subulata

Low moss-like carpet of bright shamrock-green foliage, tiny white flowers spring-summer, does not like drought or wet soil. Moderate foot traffic. 0000636_sagina-subulata-irish-moss-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-na_300

Exposure: Full to partial sun

USDA Zones: 3-9

Dimensions: 1″H by 6″W

Drought Tolerant: No

Pratia ‘County Park’

Pratia pedunculata ‘County Park’ 

Flat carpet of tiny green leaves, smothered with starry bright blue flowers all summer, prefers evenly moist soil. Moderate foot traffic.0000616_pratia-pedunculata-county-park-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-ltd-gc_300

Exposure: Full to partial sun

USDA Zones: 6-9

Dimensions: 1″H by 6″W

Drought Tolerant: No

White Star Creeper

Pratia angulata

Tiny round leaves form a mat, white star-shaped flowers from late spring through early summer. High foot traffic.0000615_pratia-angulata-white-star-creeper-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-xltd-gc_300

Exposure: Full to partial sun

USDA Zones: 6-10

Dimensions: 1″H by 6″W

Drought Tolerant: No


Potentilla neumanniana ‘Nana’   

Mat-forming foliage , stems lay low and sport showy yellow flowers, great for dry trouble spots where nothing else will grow. Moderate foot traffic.

Exposure: Full sun0000614_potentilla-neumanniana-nana-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-na_300

USDA Zones: 4-8

Dimensions: 3″H by 6″W

Drought Tolerant: Yes

Creeping Phlox ‘Scarlet Flame’

Phlox subulata ‘Scarlet Flame’

Needle-like green foliage, blooms in spring with scarlet flowers. Light foot traffic. SPRING ONLY

Exposure: Full sun0000606_phlox-subulata-scarlet-flame-45pot10-count-flat-current-status-na_300

USDA Zones: 3-9

Dimensions: 2″H by 12″W

Drought Tolerant: Yes