Attracting Hummingbirds to a Garden

Of course we love the unique and antique enhancements that can be brought to a garden, but one of our favorite garden features isn’t something that can be purchased at all – it’s only found in nature. Hummingbirds, one of nature’s surest signs of the season, are a delightful part of many home gardens. They bring a bit of excitement and wonder to a garden that can only be found when you take a moment to enjoy the setting. To keep up the view, there are specific things you can do to entice them to visit.

garden hummingbird
As one of the garden's finest natural additions, hummingbirds simply need a welcoming environment for them to visit.
  • Plant nectar rich flowers. Hummingbirds are most attracted to red plants but will visit any nectar rich flower, regardless of color.  Bleeding hearts, salvias, and honeysuckles are a few of the flower varieties perfect for attracting hummingbirds.
  • Attract insects. Hummingbirds also feed on insects in your garden.  Refrain from using pesticides or insecticides that will kill insects and consider planting insect-attracting flowers.
  • Install a feeder. Invest in a nectar feeder specifically designed for hummingbirds. You can choose from a wide variety of feeders including gel packs, inverted tubes, or saucer dishes. Of course, you can get creative with the project by stopping by Marvin Gardens. 
  • Focus on moving water sources. All birds like water, but hummingbirds will rarely use a bird bath.  Instead, they are attracted to moving sources of water such as misters, fountains, or moving sprinklers.  Hummingbirds are known to find a perch in a spray or fly through a sprinkler stream to cool off.
  • Provide perches. Hummingbirds tend to use a perch to rest and preen between feedings.  Providing thin perches such as clotheslines or wires near food sources will give the hummingbirds a reason to stay in your garden.

Add Architectural Interest with Garden Obs & Spheres

Along with the fabulous accents and blooming flowers in a garden, your outdoor arrangement should include a few statement pieces that ground the design and provide a focal point. Creating this sort of arrangement doesn’t come easily, which is why we are so enthralled by the use of architectural elements in a garden.

Architectural garden additions are distinctive pieces that add visual interest while providing a dimension of artistry. As you can see from our installations below, the orbs and spheres can be used in large, open areas or alongside a property’s fine landscaping.

What do you think of the orbs? Have you seen them in person yet? If not, we encourage you to stop by Marvin Gardens. Even if an orb may not work for your home, the structures are striking to see in person.

 

Garden Orb

Garden Orb

Garden Orb

Garden Orb

Marvin Gardens On Site

This is the month for Marvin Gardens to visit private homes and plant out containers. Amabel uses perennials and long lasting annuals to create a luxurious effect in cast iron urns and other containers. The arrangements require only water and admiration – no deadheading or changing out of plant material until the first frost or Thanksgiving, when Holiday decorating begins. Please contact Amabel directly at (203) 856-0309 to make an appointment. Click on the FACEBOOK icon on the home page to take a peek at completed site plantings.

Four Reasons to Attend the Philadelphia International Flower Show

As we shared with you a few weeks ago, this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show is quickly approaching! To be held from Sunday, March 4 through Sunday, March 11, the annual event will once again bring together some of the finest garden talents in all of the world. In fact, since Marvin Gardens will also be one of the exhibitors in attendance, we encourage all of our readers to do the same! Here are four of our favorite reasons we think you should attend the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

1. Exceptional Talent of Designers

 This show is dedicated to showcasing the finest talent in today’s garden design. Creative designers worldwide who have spent decades perfecting their work will be on hand to showoff their skill!

2. Evening Outings

The Garden Show isn’t just a daytime event. Be sure to keep up with information about the Flower Show Preview Party, Wedding Wednesday, Girls’ Night, and other evening events.

3. Events for Everyone

During the daytime events at the show, you’ll find activities for everyone. There will be culinary demonstrations, wine tasting, a Garden Tea, and garden lectures.

4. Proceeds Support PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) receives tremendous support from the Garden Show each year. Proceeds allow the PHS to continue to “improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.”

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Each year, we find that the Philadelphia International Flower Show gives us an extra boost of enthusiasm for the approaching spring season.

 

Image via berrihol

Inspired by the Garden Rooms of the Northeast

Here in the Northeastern United States, we have some of the finest, most romantic gardens in all of the country. Our incredible climate gives us the ability to experience each season thoroughly and enjoy its many benefits. As the year continues, we’ve had our eye on some of these beautiful gardens rooms found in the northeast. These “rooms” offer a beautiful garden retreat for its owners while also being able to take in the outdoors surroundings.

Garden Room
Garden Room Garden Room

Garden Room

As you know, Marvin Gardens provides the garden accessories and landscaping materials to make garden rooms of this nature perfectly unique. If you’d like to recreate your garden into a private garden room, just visit Marvin Gardens for inspiration! We have devised innovative and creative ways to create this sort of environment right in your back yard.

Images via BHG (1-3), Marvin Gardens (4)

Fill Your Gardens With Winter Blooms

Now that you’ve found all of your fabulous garden decor at Marvin Gardens, it’s time to think about the plants you’ll have in your garden this winter. It’s often assumed that flowers only bloom during the Spring and Summer months and that during the winter, our gardens are left to look dreary and depleted – but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

During the next few months, the most radiant gardens will likely feature some of the plants we have listed below. These flowers are the essential pieces to creating a unique and intriguing winter garden.

The Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

daphne flower

 The Pieris japonica 

winter flower Winter Jasmine

winter jasmine

‘Jelena’ Witchhazel

witchhazel

If you haven’t yet, take a moment to “Like” Marvin Gardens on Facebook, as during the approaching weeks we will have many more additions and products to share with you!

Images via HGTV

Draw Your Interior Inspiration From the Beauty of the Season

Have you already begun dreaming about your holiday décor? When the shops begin stocking their shelves and the temperatures begin to drop (and they certainly have been!) then it’s usually time to start making your plans for holiday decorations that you’d like to use in your home this year. But where will you start? Should you incorporate some kind of theme or just throw it together? Better yet, instead of following a trending theme, consider drawing your interior inspiration from the beauty of the season! 

Throughout the winter months, we want your home to continue looking its best, so at Marvin Gardens we offer winter wonderland styled décor that keeps your home stunning well through February. Rather than decorating solely for the holidays, instead decorate for the entire season. This way, you can enjoy the seasonal look even after the holidays have passed.

To take advantage of our fabulous winter décor, hurry in to Marvin Gardens today!  Visit Marvin Gardens on Facebook to take a look at our newest pieces of décor.

Improve Your Garden With Hardscaping Basics

It wasn’t too long ago that gardening was focused on solely as a means of nutrition and health benefit. Today, gardening has been taken to an entirely new level and thankfully, we now see gardens as a means of expression, relaxation, and stunning design. One of the ways gardens have transcended through time is through incorporating hardscaping into landscape designs. Items such as patios, walkways, and ponds allow us to highlight and frame the components of your outdoor setting. Here are a few of our favorite ways to improve your garden with hardscaping basics.

Laying a Deck

laying a wooden deck

Adding a Pergola

pergola

Natural Stone Pathways

natural stone pathways

Building a Pond

pond

Creating a personal garden oasis is one of the best aspects of working with each of our clients. To learn more about Marvin Gardens, keep up with us on Facebook!

 

Images courtesy of HGTV 

Marvin Gardens and Facebook

Did you know that you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to view “Public” pages? Marvin Gardens has a Public Facebook page where viewers can simply click on the famous blue icon and go directly to the page. Here, you will find current photographs of new arrivals, interesting plantings, inspirational plant and architectural combinations as well as installations at client homes, art structures and containers used in home and garden settings and much, much more.

Marvin Gardens posts mobile picture updates to Facebook on a frequent basis (many of these photos never make it to the website) – check it out soon to see what is up to the moment!

Philly Horticultural Society’s Fall Garden Festival a Huge Success!

 Despite the nagging rain’s attempt to pour down throughout the day, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Fall Garden Festival this past Saturday managed to stay relatively dry and was a huge success! Marvin Gardens had a grand time and was happy to see such great attendance from such enthusiastic folks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard! Thanks again to PHS! You just continue to do a great job creating fabulous events, year after year!

To learn more about becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, please click here. If you would like to volunteer at the Festival, click here to learn more.