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Gardening Highlights From Tennessee

Looking back over the 2018 growing season

Today we’re heading to Arrington, Tennessee, to visit Laurel Nash Prothro’s garden.

Greetings! I just wanted to send a few highlights from my gardening year 2018, and I am excited to send you progress pics on an interesting landscape undertaking—think wine villa but in Tennessee! I’m a jewelry designer and silversmith working also as a garden and container designer. I’m also on the board of the Williamson County, Tennessee, Master Gardeners.

Happy gardening 2019!

Check out that view! Who knew Tennessee was so ridiculously beautiful? It looks like a scene out of a classic landscape painting.

Grapes! Destined, I take it, to become wine. Wine grapes are being grown in more and more different places in the United States. They’re not just for California anymore.

When the surrounding landscape is this beautiful, make it part of the garden! This red rose on a fence is just an accent to the dramatic clouds and beautiful scenery beyond.

A beautiful container, with perennials such as the hosta in the back, creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ Zones 3–9 ) trailing over the edges, and a bright annual impatiens (Impatiens hybrid) to add flower power. Perennials can stay in containers from year to year, or be planted out elsewhere in the garden in the fall.

Hard at work, with plants heading off to their new homes.

A rustic, informal garden space, with bright flowers from a daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid) and coneflower (Echinacea hybrid).

A gardenia (Gardenia sp., Zones 8–11) in full bloom, surely making the entire space smell like heaven.

Elephant ears (Colocasia gigantea, Zones 8–10 or as an annual) are usually grown for their absurdly huge leaves, which bring a tropical look to the garden. If they’re happy, they’ll also produce these unusually shaped white flowers for added interest.


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    meander_michaele 04/02/2019

    Good morning, Laurel. As a fellow Tennessean, the view of those beautiful, gently rolling swells of green is very familiar. Your property looks delightfully picturesque and more pictures will always be appreciated. I visited your facebook page and your jewelry designs are stunning.

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    treasuresmom 04/02/2019

    Love Tennessee - one of my very favorite places in the world.

  3. Cenepk10 04/02/2019

    Well... I certainly knew Tennessee is that gorgeous.What a feast for the eyes this little diversion from my long list of to dos....Whoa... Grape growing is definitely on my list of thing to get after... Ahhhh Thank you for posting!!!!

  4. btucker9675 04/02/2019

    What a beautiful place, beautiful surroundings! I have never seen the bloom of an elephant ear - very cool!

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    simplesue 04/03/2019

    The simple photo of the roses growing on the old fence with the fresh countryside in the background is as beautiful as any formal garden could ever hope to be. The whiskey barrel planters are a beautiful touch in the country garden. What a beautiful place, and your photos show your artistic eye for good composition.

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    CynthiaDow 07/09/2019

    Great Job!

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