Planting for the Seasons with Falkner Gardens
September 2, 2015
Marchelle and Peter Falkner's Garden and Outdoor Entertaining space
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
This past winter a house in my neighborhood was being remodeled. I watched the progress on my way to carpool everyday and started noticing that amazing details were shaping this non-descript house in to a charming little cottage. When the Falkner Gardens truck showed up to start the landscape installation I knew the homeowners were not playing around. I have never seen a project by Peter Falkner that was not top notch. (check out his portfolio here)
I soon realized that Peter and his wife Marchelle, who were already my neighbors, had purchased this home and were the brains behind this operation. The old saying “the cobblers children have no shoes” does not apply in this case. Peter and his crew macked out their small yard and utilized all four sides of the house for outdoor entertaining for adults and kiddos alike. I wanted to share with you the pictures of their garden and landscaping and also share some of Peter’s tips for creating beautiful outdoor spaces and ideas on what to plant for fall.
TIPS FOR A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN YEAR ROUND
Incorporate different shrubs throughout the garden that will bloom year round. In the spring azaleas and spirea offer a variety of color, hydrangeas bloom throughout the summer, Sasanqua camellias are perfect for fall and Hawthorn trees provide pretty red berries for winter color.
When planting annuals always over plant. It looks much better to have a full planting for the whole season and thin out the plants as needed when they grow. Too many times we under plant and beds don’t reach their full potential until it is time to plant for the next season.
When planting herbs, mix in some perennials and annuals. Herbs tend to look a little rough as they reach maturity and other plants can soften herbs when start to look “leggy.”
A great way to break up a long or large walkway is to ditch the concrete and spread stones pavers out and plant grass in between them and softens the appearance.
When planning outdoor lighting it is best to think less about spotlighting and more about accent lighting. Highlight a pretty gateway, walkway or tree. This will give you more light than you think and will provide a much prettier effect. Consider hanging string lights about your outdoor dining area for a chandelier-like feel.
TIPS FOR FALL PLANTING
Mid-September through the middle of November is the best times to plant.
Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs.
September annuals include marigolds, chrysanthemums, and petunias.
October annuals bring tons of color with pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage and kale, and snapdragons.
Fall perennials are asters, Mexican sage, coneflowers, rudbeckia, foxgloves and poppies. These last two are planted in the fall and bloom in the early spring.
Fall herbs and vegetables ideal for planting are rosemary, lavender, parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, collards, broccoli, cabbage, Swiss chard, lettuce and spinach.
Start to Finish This Room Cost Less Than $2500 to Upgrade
May 26, 2015
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
My friend Gigi asked me to help her with her sunroom update and while I am not a decorator, I thought we could have a little fun together and create a space for her to call her own. Gigi and her husband Jon have three children and her youngest are twin boys who have outgrown the need for a playroom off of their den. She wanted to ditch the toys and the train table (what a bittersweet day) and make a serene space that was a little more grown up. I told Gigi I would give her some direction and my opinion. If you ask, and sometimes if you don’t, I am more than willing to give my opinion.
She started by building a Pinterest Board to give me an idea of what she had in mind and we went from there. The floor is a natural stone and the walls were already a neutral khaki, but other than that the room was a blank slate. First she ordered these chairs ($299) from World Market. We then spent a few days together and hit up Southeastern Salvage where we found two 4 x 6 natural rugs ($50/each) that Gigi hand sewed together with fishing line to create a large rug (similar here) that was placed on the stone floor of the sunroom. We tried to make the cowhides that are only $200 at Southeastern Salvage work but she ended up finding a better quality one for $350 in the right tones at Stock & Trade in Birmingham. She went with bamboo shades from Lowe’s ($69 each), a coffee table ($170) from Pier One imports, and a lamp and tons of pillows from TJMaxx and HomeGoods ($10-$30). She had a minor splurge on two pieces of original artwork from Cecily Hill Lowe, but used inexpensive mirrored frames also from TJMaxx. We decided to pull in an architectural console table from the den that actually works better in the sunroom to complete the room. Because Gigi did tons of research on Pinterest before the project even started and was willing to do all of the legwork on her own she spent less that $2500! That’s crazy y’all. She bought FOUR chairs!
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