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Check out this new patio BBD just finished.

Posted in Landscape Design, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the March 22nd, 2011

Spring Beauty

Posted in Container Gardening, Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the March 8th, 2011

Here are the names of a couple of plants that are blooming around town.

Cherry Tree
Saucer Magnolia
Star Magnolia
Redbud Tree
Bradford Pear Tree
Carolina Yellow Jessamine
Forsythia

I’m BULB crazy right now!!!!!

Posted in Container Gardening, Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the February 26th, 2011

 There’s no getting around it. “I’m bulb crazy right now!”

This time of year you want to get your bulbs in the ground. Elephant Ear’s are beautiful in the garden. They come in all kinds of different types, and don’t worry there are types for the shade and the sun. WOO HOO right???? First you want to go to your local garden center and select some healthy elephant ear bulbs for planting. Make sure the bulb is firm, not soft.  Plant the bulbs in the early spring when the ground starts to warm up. Adding in compost and a little fertilizer to the ground always helps. Once they start blooming they won’t stop until the first frost. The tropical look is key for a Charleston garden! Enjoy planting.

Here are a couple of types i like you use. 

 Black Magic ‘Colocasia esculenta’

Black Stem ‘Colocasia Fontanesii’ 

lIlustris ‘Colocasia antiquorum’

Giant Alocasia ‘Macrorrhiza maki’

 

recycled chairs

I picked up these old rocking chairs off the side of the road that someone was throwing away. They have a real old distressed look which is great for the garden. I sanded them down and replaced the rotting wood with new. Using a clear coat sealer to protect the wood from the outdoor elements,  I am able to keep the distressed look. This is a great way to recycle!

Winter Color

Posted in Container Gardening, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the November 21st, 2010

 Winter annuals should be planted now for spring color. Snapdragons,pansy,violas,poppies,and ornamental kale’s are some great winter flowers. Mass plantings of flowers are a nice touch to the landscape. They will grow all winter and bloom beautifully in the spring.

New Gallery Pictures On Bellabloomsdesign.com!

Posted in Container Gardening, Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the November 18th, 2010

Check out some of our latest work on the gallery page of our website. Here’s a couple of previews for your viewing pleasure.

BBD Designs and Builds a Zen Den for DIY Network Show “Indoors Out”

Posted in Events, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living, Zen Gardening by Administrator on the June 8th, 2010

Bella Blooms Design was recently on the DIY Network show "Indoors Out"! If you are into Zen, relaxing, romantic, or contemporary design, you’ll definitely want to watch this. See how Bella Blooms Design brings Eastern influence to Charleston, SC by designing and building an outdoor Zen Den in this episode…


Spring Fever

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the March 16th, 2010

OKAY, so it’s finally starting to warm up and everyone has spring fever….  So what does that mean???  It’s time to start getting your flower beds ready for planting.  By adding in new top soil as well as mushroom compost,  you will  help generate new healthy growth.  Till up the soil first and then add new soil.  After you plant and mulch, don’t forget to apply some “Preem” as a final step to help prevent any summer weeds from growing in the bed.  Here are a couple of names of some nice spring flowers to plant now.  Diascia, Nemesia, Sweet Alyssum, Petunias, Bacopa, Dianthus, Euphorbia, Lotus vine, Blue Daze, and Foxglove.  Have fun in the garden!!!

Bella Blooms Design is going to be on DIY Network! YAY!

Posted in Events, Landscape Design, Outdoor Living, Zen Gardening by Administrator on the December 2nd, 2009

355103_8247We were asked by DIY Network to film an episode for their  show “Indoors Out.” Of course, we’re extremely excited to even be considered for this amazing opportunity. Filming will start on December 11th and the show is scheduled to air in the beginning of 2010. If you are into Zen, relaxing, romantic, or contemporary design, don’t miss out on this episode. Bella Blooms Design is going to bring Eastern influence to Charleston, SC…

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming TV debut!

What Is This Tree?

Posted in Garden Maintenance, Landscape Design, Lawn Maintenance, Outdoor Living by Administrator on the November 16th, 2009

682049_55176192So you are walking around in Charleston and you keep seeing this beautiful yellow flowering tree. It’s so beautiful you have to even go up and touch or maybe even pick one of the flowers. What is this tree you ask yourself?…..

I can help with that question.  It’s called Cassia (KASS-ee-uh). The Cassia (Latin) is now re-named Senna. Cassia is a very large genus with about 500 species, the better known members of which are fine flowering trees. To many people,  the finest Cassia is the Fistula.

Cassia Fistula is a legume rated 30-40 feet and native to India and South Asia. Golden Shower is related to the Jerusalem Thorn Tree and Redbud.

The foliage is evergreen, medium green and compound providing a nice open lacy look.

Category:
Trees

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Fall

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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