Rooted in Spring

tsg-planters-16Spring planting season is so close we can almost smell the freshly tilled soil. In the meantime, we are getting our flora fix by starting plants indoors in a variety of vessels and incorporating the bulbs and blossoming buds into our decor. The result is so refreshing we might have a hard time parting with them when it’s time for them to leave the nest, though the silver lining of the soon-to-come outdoor splendor will more than make up for the loss. tsg-planters-17Glazed vessels in natural colors have major indoor/outdoor appeal. The pottery above from The Mews would be perfect for holding branches of forced blooms while we wait for the trees to catch up.


Silver cups, salt cellars, and julep cups like the sterling one available from Friend & Company above are excellent homes for herbs and other starters. Feel free to skip the polish – a little bit of tarnish only enhances the natural look.

tsg-planters-6Plants in traditional terra cotta pots are gorgeous grouped together. Playing with different sizes and heights and creates visual interest and lets the natural shape and beauty of the vegetation shine. Living Green has tons of pots available to help you achieve this look.

tsg-planters-2tsg-planters-1Starting herbs in kitchen staples like a lion head soup bowl available from The Happy Cook is a delicious way to help the plants come full circle.

tsg-planters-9tsg-planters-8Classic white jugs arranged in a group or placed in a row along a windowsill or side table look oh so pretty. We love the worn look of the one on the left, available from Table Matters, and the elegant simplicity of the water jug with handles on the right, available from The Plant Gallery.

tsg-planters-13tsg-planters-12Vessels with a bit of texture play nicely off of bulbs, shrubs, and any type of foliage. The two-toned jug from Roxie Daisy (top), olive jars from Red Onion (left), and hand-thrown and hand-glazed pot from Nest are plant-ready perfection.


Autumn Gardening


{Photo courtesy of Lambert’s}

Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not herald the end of the planting season. In fact, as Dallas-based landscape architectural firm Lambert’s reminds us, this is an excellent time to plant and prepare for spring. The ground is not yet frozen, and newly planted trees and shrubs can get their roots established now that the stress of summer heat is no longer an issue. It’s also a perfect time to dig large trees and shrubs, which are going into a dormant period.

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{Photos of winter pots from Pinterest}

In addition to planting and digging, now is a good time to winterize your garden. To that end, Lambert’s provides this useful checklist for after the initial winter chill:
- Container Care: After the first killing frost, pull out spent annuals and pitch them into the compost pile. Scrub pots with a stiff bristle brush and store them in the garage or garden shed.
- Maintain Trees: Wrap the trunk of young trees in burlap to shield the tender bark from sunscald.
- Don’t Over-prune: Resist the urge to cut everything back. Perennials left standing provide architectural interest, plus habitat and food for birds. Of course, if plants are diseased, discard them, but otherwise let nature take its course.

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get outside or simply miss tending to your plants, bundle up and enjoy helping your garden grow.

Lambert’s // Dallas, TX // 214.350.8350


Fall Flowers

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Roost Flowers and Design // Virginia Beach, VA

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The Perfect Petal // Denver, CO

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Tourterelle Floral Design // Charlottesville, VA


Gorgeous & Green

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it’s loveliness arises.”
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca


1. Perfectly manicured lawn from Richmond’s Cartwright Landscaping is dependent on not using straw. In their words:

“By using straw to grow what you hope will be your beautiful new lawn, you are setting yourself up for failure. Straw is a weed the germinates as seen in this album cover. Its base is thick and unsightly and will stick out readily in a nice rescue grown grass. Don’t use straw. Instead, use premium topsoil/organic, nutrient-rich compost mix when growing grass in bare areas. The topsoil’s weight holds the seed in place and the make-up of the compost being granular allows the seed to healthily root in soft soil. Topsoil alone will not work as it hard packs when watered and will not enable healthy rooting of new grass.”

2. Take a look at this magnificent specimen mesquite Desert Star Construction was able to salvage from a new home site. Based in Phoenix, AZ, this expert building company continues to prove their commitment to environmentally conscious choices that we believe in.

3. Adaptive reuse of an old train station via Tyson Geary Interiors.

(First two images, courtesy of Cartwright Landscaping and Kip Dawkins photography.)


One Last Summer Look: Window Boxes


As we bid Summer farewell, we thought we’d share some enchanting shots taken of elaborate window boxes from the cottages located on the island of Nantucket. We love how old-fashioned they feel, and how varied they can be. It’s such a concise way for the gardener to express themselves. Enjoy.

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Go practical: grow your herbs and lettuce in your window box.

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Angelonias, part of the Snapdragon family, are very heat and humidity tolerant. They begin flowering after planted in the late spring and will fully bloom until frost begins in the fall

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Caladiums, either heart or arrow shaped, are a breeze to grow and strive for well drained soil as well as filtered sun light or shade.

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Succulents outside of a shop; such a different choice! So chic.


Happy weekend!



Herbs A Thousand Ways



Herbs are at their best this time of year. Heaps of basil are happy during these months, and replacing dry herbs for fresh ones makes for delicious summer meals. But herbs aren’t limited to just food; we see them pop up in decor, fashion and even event design. Here are some examples of how the TSG network is embracing the mighty herb these days.


According to Jon Howard of Howard Design Studio in Atlanta, “An herb garden is a must for anyone who loves to cook.  Try a formal layout or a small area with raised beds.  Always use organic soil and natural fertilizers.” The three images shown above are examples of his work; we especially like the herbaceous border. Call 404.876.7051 for details on design services available.


Herb and plant inspired decor is always classic. Laura Lee Clark chose a sage green fabric with plant inspired print to create chic curtains and fun pillow designs for this sophisticated living room. Based in Dallas, call Laura Lee Clark at 214.265.7272 for details on services offered.


Blackwell Botanicals in Richmond, VA is known for one-of-a-kind pressed botanical prints. Anne Blackwell Thompson, the founder, has embarked on a unique journey to preserve southern flora in this classic tradition. Many of the prints on offer are of rare herbal varieties. Call Blackwell Botanicals for the newest creations: 804.402.2609.


Oscar de la Renta has never shied away from a bold print. We love this herb-inspired fabric used to create this structured dress and peplum top. Sold through Marissa Collections in Naples, FL. 800.581.6641.


* TSG Tip: Instead of going to the store to buy flowers, next time you throw a dinner party, use the potted herbs you have growing around the kitchen as the centerpiece. Or, if you don’t have growing herbs, simply take the extra fresh herbs that you’re using to cook with and put them in bunches in simple vases along the table. So easy!



Taken from a book of prints that dates back to 1892, this collection of Antique French Pressed Botanicals have been framed beautifully. Garden Variety Design in Nashville, TN. Call them 615.509.2145 to see if there are any other botanical prints they’re selling.



Always inspired by garden design, Herend’s classic china pattern “Chinese Bouquet”  in green and white is stunning. This ring box makes for a great wedding gift! Buy from The Registry in Nashville, TN. Call to order: 615.595.2323.


*TSG TIP: TREAT Herbs like fresh flowers. Trim the stems on an angle and place in a glass with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Place a plastic bag over the leaves and store in the fridge. They can last up to 2 weeks!



Throwing herbs like rosemary and sage into bouquets and boutonnieres is all the rage. Easton Events has beautiful examples of this in their lush portfolio. Call Lynn Easton 434.293.4898 for her thoughts on herbs in event decor.



Taking their influence from European gardening techniques, Page Duke Landscape Architects will plan out your very own herb garden (called a “Kitchen Garden”). Although based in Nashville, Page Duke will actually travel, so call them if you’re interested in having them design your herb garden: 615.320.0220.


Dallas, TX:  Laura Lee Clark Interior Design (214.265.7272) for elegant interior design.
Richmond, VA: Blackwell Botanicals (804.402.2609) for pressed flora prints.
Naples, FL: Marissa Collection (800.581.6641) for Oscar De La Renta fashion.
Nashville, TN: Garden Variety Design (615.509.2145) for vintage botanical prints.
Charleston, SC & Charlottesville, VA: Easton Events (434.293.4898) for event planning.
Nashville, TN: The Registry (615.595.2323) for Herend china.
Atlanta, GA: Howard Design Studio (404.876.7051) for landscape architecture.
Nashville, TN: Page Duke Landscape Architects (615.320.0220) for garden design.


(Water color by Caitlin McGuauley. For other image sources, see our Pinterest board)