Our mission at Gardens By Rebecca is to provide high-quality garden installation and landscape maintenance that many of our fellow local companies do not provide. We specialize in the installation and maintenance of annual and perennial gardens and the proper care of shrubs and small trees. We also do new shrub and tree plantings as well as transplanting of existing plant material as needed to get things looking right.
We work together with other companies on many properties, utilizing their skills in different aspects such as lawn mowing and mulching.
We outline what services our clients require, and at what frequency, as well as the level of perfection desired. Therefore we can work within your budget.
We have an experienced staff of enthusiastic horticulturists available to help make your property a showplace or a sanctuary. Below is an outline of the work we typically perform - not all will be necessary on your property.
- Garden Design
- Installation and Maintenance
- Cutting Gardens
- Floral arranging
- Container plantings and maintenance
- Vegetable Gardens
- Rose Gardens
- Herb Gardens
Early Spring (March / April)
Clean leaves and debris from lawn, shrub beds and open areas. This will include all debris from winter damage to the property. Weed beds as needed. Prune roses, shrubs and ornamental trees as required. Fertilize all perennials, roses, shrubs and small ornamental trees using organic slow-release fertilizers. If manure was put on gardens and roses in the fall, we will cultivate it into the beds now.
Provide and spread 2.5” aged bark mulch on all shrub beds every other year, or as requested.
- Lawn Fertilization
- Insect and Weed control
- Edge Lawn
- De thatch lawn and rake up thatch
- Weekly Mowing and trimming
- Yearly Aeration
Landscape Design and Installation, Transplanting, and New Plantings
We provide new plants and transplant existing material during the spring and fall seasons. Spring work is done in April. In the fall we will dig and divide perennials, move shrubs, and perennials to allow proper placement for health and aesthetics and can redesign and install new plantings as needed.
Spring bulb plantings are done typically in October.
Plants and Perennials
Greenhouse Bedding Plants and Perennials
Since the mid 1990s, we have been custom growing 95 percent of the bedding plants we use in our garden installations. Yearly, I attend related conferences and shows which enable me to keep abreast of the new plant introductions and varieties. This approach keeps the gardens fresh and exciting every year. We plant, over-winter, and grow a nice selection of Dahlias, as well as an assortment of tropicals, and the old garden standards.
During the last several years we have delved in the production of more and more perennial varieties.
Our greenhouse and perennial production allow us to have a constant supply of fresh and healthy stock - especially during the hectic days of annual planting season. Quality is crucial and I will never use a plant that is easier to find, or an inferior flower color, when I can take the time to get the better, more beautiful one.
Some of our clients are fortunate to have gardens large enough to grow annuals and perennials specifically for cutting and displaying in their homes. Some prefer to make their own arrangements, others ask that we may be available every week to create floral vases since several of the crew are experienced with flower arranging and are quite talented. We are glad to be able to provide this service to any of our clients using their own flowers or those that we grow on our own farm.
Rose Spray Program
Prune roses, shrubs and ornamental trees as required. Fertilize all perennials, roses, shrubs and small ornamental trees using organic slow release fertilizers. If manure was put on gardens and roses in the fall, we will cultivate it into the beds now.
Fill and plant containers for Memorial Day weekend. Provide and plant annuals between late May and June. When planting containers and annuals, we use a time-release fertilizer in the soil which will feed continuously for the entire season thus eliminating the need for any additional liquid feeding.
Fall (November/ December)
Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses as necessary. Remove annuals, empty and store containers. Clean up leaves and debris for the winter. We always save the most thorough clean up for spring unless the client is here year-round or expects to be here regularly during the winter months.) Provide and spread cow manure on flower beds and roses. This adds organic material to the beds which improves the soil considerably and makes for healthier plants.