Tagged: Our Gardens

  • This week, we invited our friend and photographer Olivia Rae James from Charleston, SC to visit Styer’s and capture the terrain experience through her lens. We love seeing our nursery in a new light, and her visit has us feeling ready for the transition into fall. Enjoy some of the beautiful images Olivia took above, and read on to learn more about her artistic process and first trip to terrain

    terrain: Can you tell us a bit about your background and what sparked your interest in photography?

    Olivia: I was as interested in photography as any other kid, playing with Polaroids and disposables, but it wasn't until high school or college that I became obsessed with documentation. I didn't want anything to ever be forgotten (still don't), though I've definitely reached a point where I embrace putting my camera away and focusing on the present. I do think having a camera in my hand at all times for so many years, attempting to capture everything, was a great trial-and-error education. I never formally studied photography aside from a few workshops (I have a degree in English from the College of Charleston), but I realized within a year of graduating that photography was what I wanted to set my sights on. 

    terrain: What inspires you the most? What are your favorite kinds of photographs to take? 

    Olivia: Traveling is my preferred way to recharge and get inspired. Even if it means leaving my camera in the hotel for a day or two. I love to capture real, quiet moments. My favorite photographs often include morning light, evening light, flowers, the sea, people, new places, and pretty food.

    terrain: What did you enjoy most about shooting at terrain?

    Olivia: Oh, so many things! terrain is a hub for the things I love most. The plants and flowers, the home goods, the sweetest garden shed, the light streaming through greenhouse windows, the amazing cafe in the greenhouse -- it's just perfect!

  • From aubergine to periwinkle, late summer is the perfect time to welcome pops of purple in the garden. Two of our favorites? The often-overlooked Joe Pye Weed and Oriental Fountain Grass. We love how their unexpected beauty not only adds color to summer plantings, but height and dimension too! Read on to learn more about how to grow and care for these purple perennials. 

    Joe Pye Weed: Native to the northeastern United States, Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from July to September in cheerful shades of mauve. This low-maintenance bloomer enjoys full sun to partial shade and moist soil, and is great for attracting butterflies thanks to its tantalizing vanilla fragrance. 

    Oriental Fountain Grass: Arching in feathery clumps, the purple-hued blooms of Oriental Fountain Grass lend themselves naturally to bringing height and texture in container plantings and borders. Moist, well-draining soil and partial sun or shade are all it takes to allow this perennial to thrive season after season. 

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms.

  • The arrival of our much-anticipated, terrain exclusive collection of garden structures has us excited and inspired, eager to incorporate these natural beauties into our landscapes. Made from natural willow, many of the pieces in the collection are expandable for customizable sizing, providing a host of different use options and looks. We asked our Creative Director, Greg, to give us some expert advice on how to style each piece so that our structures can truly shine. View his parings above, and learn how to create them in your own garden below. 

    1. Paired Planters, Willow Cones + Black-Eyed Susan Vine
     When it comes to planters, two is always better than one. Particularly when topped with willow cones and planted with bright Black-Eyed Susan Vines. 

    2. Willow Obelisk + Globe Lights
    This structure welcomes guests for a summer soiree when strung with globe lights.

    3. Willow Urn + Hanging Basket
    Give hanging baskets a break from the rafters by placing them in the bowl of this wicker urn for an elegant, draped effect.

    4. Willow Pyramid + Kitchen Garden
    For herb or vegetable plots small, medium, or large the pyramid makes a perfect starting place.

    5. Expandable Willow Diamond Fence + Clematis
    An expandable fence, or even two fences joined together, creates brings interest to the garden as an eye-catching backdrop for clematis. 

  • Habit + Habitat: Susan Driver

    Ever wonder what the folks at terrain do when we're not in the garden? In our monthly series, Habit + Habitat, we're finding out by asking one person to share a favorite habit and a beloved habitat. This month, we’re chatting with horticultural expert Susan about her favorite plants and places in the garden.

    terrain: What is your role at terrain? Can you describe your typical day?

    Susan: For the last 5 years, I've been part of the plant buying team with a focus on seasonal items; fresh holiday styles make for the busiest season of the year. My favorite season, though, is late winter, when we have an assortment of flowering branches. I'm always looking for inspiration to share with our vendors as we collaborate on creating new styles. I also spend time looking for unusual items that aren't commonly found in retail. Currently, I’m in transition in my role at terrain; I'll be moving from buying to working with Fine Gardening. I’m really looking forward to being outside and getting my hands in the soil!

    terrain: What’s the one word that describes your habit, and one that describes your habitat?

    Susan: For my habit, saving dried seed heads and pods from my garden: tidy (although less and less the older I get!) For my habitat, my shade garden: family.


  • This month, we're teaming up with The Sill to focus on indoor gardens. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned throughout April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge; below, check out some tips for cultivating healthy house and patio plants.

    Spring is a great time to up the ante in your plant care routine. To keep house and patio plants looking their best, follow these simple steps:

    Most plants benefit from a summer outdoors. Think of it as their summer vacation. If you have an exterior space, move your plants outside around mid-April, or when nighttime temperatures are higher than 50 degrees F. If you have an unexpected cold night, take them indoors. 

    Once outside, gradually move plants from shade to sunlight; they will burn if moved immediately into direct sunlight. Also, make sure to shelter them from strong winds. Remember: plants need time to acclimate to new environments– check on them frequently in the first few days. 

    Spring is the best time to repot and prune your plants, before the summer growth season starts. Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. A common misconception: repotting does not necessarily mean putting the plant in a new planter, but rather, changing its soil or potting mix. If you do change planters, try not to go more than 2–3” large than the current pot. 


  • The Dirt + The Sill | 2014 | Week no. 15

    To kick off a month-long collaboration, we asked our friends at The Sill to take over this week's edition of The Dirt. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned later today and throughout the month of April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge on indoor gardening. In the meantime, read on to see what captured their interest around the web this week. 

    This museum tops our bucket list of places to visit (via Enea).

    A Q&A with this acclaimed birthday girl (via National Geographic).

    Behind the scenes of the NYBG Orchid Show (via NYBG).

    What to be more productive at work? Get a plant (via Fast Company).

    This sweet omelet with berries has us dreaming of brunch. In bed (via Food52).

    Artist Camila Carlow is giving a whole new meaning to having a green thumb (via Eye Heart Spleen).

    Good news, your macrame planter is cool again (via Apartment Therapy).

    This local find is squashing the multi-use stigma (via Brooklyn Limegreen).

    The Sill and terrain team up for a Pinterest board of windowsill garden inspiration (via Pinterest).

  • Spring at Styer's

    March 26, 2014

    At Home
    , Our Gardens

    Spring gardens are just beginning to sprout, but a recent visit to our Styer's nursery found the space in full bloom with bright colors, fresh flowers, and an abundance of new items to kick off the season. Take a peek, above, at a few of our favorite scenes from the store this week. Have you spotted any signs of spring around your home and garden?

  • What's the first sign of spring in your part of the world? We asked four of our favorite florists from across the US to show us the start of spring in their region using an arrangement of fresh, seasonal flowers and their favorite vessel from our perfectly aged Linen Wrapped Pot collection. Read on to find out more about the beautiful bouquets above, which capture signs of spring in California, New York, Utah, and Georgia.

    Mandy O’Shea
    Athens, Georgia
    Photos by Rinne Allen

    Flowers Used
    Magnolia, daffodils, anemones, ranunculus, maple, variegated boxwood, peach, spirea, forsythia, quince, lonicera, and hellebore in the Linen Wrapped Wide Rim Pot, Slate

    Spring Inspiration
    Flowering branches bring me so much joy. I always get excited to use them. The week of this arrangement was the first week branch blooms started to open. I love their tangling of flowers as branches cross one another. Each type of branch has its own style of architecture, culminating in an overall feel of looseness and flow. This also makes it one of my favorite spring floral elements.

    You know it's spring in your neighborhood when…
    This year was an unusually cold winter followed by a perfectly timed spring. I would say early spring started here in Georgia around Feb 15th. Literally two days after that, 6-8" of snow fell at the farm. Buds on trees and shrubs started to swell quickly and tips of new leaves poked up from the bottoms of our perennials. Hellebores were opening and birds suddenly appeared everywhere, singing.

    *For more of Rinne Allen's beautiful photos, visit http://www.rinneallen.com/.