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Laurel’s Gardens at a Vineyard

Replanting after a devastating freeze

close up of container planting with bright pink begonias

Today on the GPOD we’ve got photos from Laurel Prothro, gardener at Arrington Vineyards in Nashville, Tennessee.

We just went through an exhausting reset of the hardscape, removing masses of dead laurels after the catastrophic freeze we had earlier in the year. We had to remove our main front and center deodar cedars (Cedrus deodara, Zones 7–8) at the entrance to the Lodge and Cellar Patio. OMG, what a big deal. It was so sad, but we will see now what we come up with.

plants in pots prepared for planting in front of vineyard saloonPots are lined out for a new planting in front of the saloon at the vineyard.

another view of shrubs being laid out before plantingThose new shrubs are going to look great!

two-tiered container planting with small pink flowersThis two-tiered plant by the walk is very cool, and the half-barrel really fits with the look of the vineyard buildings.

close up of container planting with bright pink begoniasBeautiful begonias (Begonia hybrid, Zones 10–12 or as an annual) bring a bit of color to a mostly foliage container planting.

close up of bright pink Scarlet O’Hara peony‘Scarlet O’Hara’ peony (Paeonia ‘Scarlet O’Hara’, Zones 4–8) is one of the better peonies for southern climates, where peonies tend to fail.

large hosta with a no parking sign in the middleThere is no parking by this beautiful hosta, but you can stop to admire it as you walk by!

garden bed on side of building with various ornamental grasses and annual flowers with a bison statueAn edging of marigolds (Tagetes, annual) provide bright, summer-long, brilliant color to this bed.

collage of four photos showing off white smooth hydrangeasIn these views around the vineyard, smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) is blooming in so many places with masses of white flowers.

If you want to see more from Laurel, check out her Instagram: @unmasterfulgardener


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  1. Oxdriftgardener 05/03/2023

    That saloon makes such a gorgeous background for whatever you do. Love the Scarlet O'hara peony, the begonia container and the beautiful mounding conifers.

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    cynthia2020 05/03/2023

    Hi, Laurel. I enjoyed seeing your plant combinations - thanks for sharing!

  3. btucker9675 05/03/2023

    Sure looks like all of the hard work will pay off - so pretty!

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    simplesue 05/03/2023

    Gorgeous plantings and landscaping- makes me want to visit this business, it makes it so inviting being nestled into a garden like that! I also looked at your two instagram pages and if I had an instagram I would follow you, but I still can see your photos- very inspiring!
    I'm in Pittsburgh, PA and I too lost laurels to a three day cold snap in December, ranging from -3° to -5° in an otherwise mild winter.
    It even affected many of my otherwise very hardy plants that were broadleaf evergreens.
    I'm glad you mentioned this because I was beginning to feel like no one else noticed the destruction those 3 days caused...must have been around the same time in Tennessee.

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    treasuresmom 05/03/2023

    My, my, my. How pretty.

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