Experts agree that timing a particular flower to bloom on the morning of June 14 will take more of a miracle than muscle, but steps taken now can guarantee a beautiful display of blooms just in time for wedding bells to ring. A few of Mississippi’s top experts share their favorite tips for creating a magical day in the garden this summer…
- Have a plan. Don’t plant haphazardly.
- Consult with your local garden center on plants that work well in your area.
- Get the lawn in good shape. Trim/replace trees and shrubs as needed.
- Mulching and bed preparation is very important
- Stay on top of things. Know when to plant to have blooms in the general time-frame of the event.
- Timing is important. You can not use pansies in August.
- Potted plants can add additional color and hide unsightly areas in the garden.
- Concentrate your flowers in focus areas, such as the alter and the reception tables.
- Don’t expect blooms on a specific date. Go for a general range of blooming time.
- Have a Plan B in the event of inclement weather.
These tips were part the story, Splendor in the Grass featured in the January/February 2006 edition of Mississippi Magazine. See it at Mississippi Magazine January 2006
Our experts for the 2006 story includes:
- Betty Blanton, garden center manager for Live Oaks Landscapes in Natchez
- Nick Thompson, owner of Madison Garden Center, Inc., of Madison
- Hayden Petkovsek, groundskeeper for Dunleith, an antebellum home in Natchez
- Tracy Proctor of Designs by Tracy in Tupelo
- Larry Stewart of Monmouth in Natchez
- Susan Smith, co-owner of Smith Landscaping and The Greenhouse in Columbus