31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 4, Low-Growing Hedges

August 4, 2015 | By and | Comments (30)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own. Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of PDSI

Courtesy of PDSI

This non-blooming, low-growing hedge offers golden year-round foliage that flourishes in full sun. Think two Southern Living Plant Collection Sunshine Ligustrums (2 gallon, $60.00) are what your landscape is lacking? Comment below!

How to Enter: What’s your secret gardening trick that keeps your plants looking their best? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. christina penfield

    Are there more pictures of this house?! I love it and would love to see more of what the exterior looks like!

    February 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  2. Louise Boardman

    Deadhead, deadhead, deadhead!

    August 5, 2015 at 8:29 am
  3. Barbara DeMeuse

    I share my breakfast with my rose bushes – coffee grounds & crushed egg shells. Blossoms galore against my dark brown mulch!

    August 5, 2015 at 6:50 am
  4. debbie

    organic…organic…organic….i quit using all non organic materials about 4 years ago. My trees, flower beds and grass look amazing and neighbors have asked me what i am doing to get such great results. It all started when i put in a vegetable garden and took a few classes on how to grow and manage a vegetable garden. Some say it cost more to go organic but i don’t believe it does and the results are worth it.

    August 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm
  5. susitravl

    My grandma said don’t plant anything until Mother’s Day. She got this tip from an almanac and it worked for her and works for me.

    August 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm
  6. Julie L

    My grandpa taught me to fertilize my roses on Mother’s Day and his (my grandparents) anniversary 7/25. They are beautiful!

    August 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm
  7. Karen Wydner

    Talk to your plants once a day and see how they are doing….i actually name my plants…just remember they, like of all us need a little to drink everyday…they are part of the family so love your plants:)

    August 4, 2015 at 7:59 pm
  8. Deb

    Gently hoe around them and give them a little TLC. It’s like talking to your houseplants. 🙂

    August 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm
  9. gypsyphoenixx

    Coffee grounds (which Stabucks gives away by the bagful) and mulch! About every 6 weeks, I give each plant a liberal sprinkling, then water gently. Pine mulch keeps the moisture in, a necessity in this hot, arid North Texas summer, and discourages weeds.

    August 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm
  10. LaLa

    Not that much of a secret… Miracle Grow has been a great friend to my garden… and every day giving a little TLC here and there.

    August 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm
  11. Barbara Marta

    Dead Heading . Inverted Concept That Works. Cut Results In More Growth. Christmas Snow Have Had Yellow Gladioli

    August 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm
  12. Beth

    Just water them often and plant in appropriate locations. It also helps to feed the husband a big meal with a big glass of iced tea so he will have plenty of energy to work in those flowerbeds!

    August 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  13. Nancy L

    Just take care of your plants like they are your babies, check on them often, and give them attention when needed. In hot dry weather water often and in winter bring them inside or in the garage. I have a plant on my screen porch that I have had for over 30 years. In the winter it lives in my garage, in the summer on my screen porch. I trim the leaves in the winter that are looking yellow, but in the summer they grow back!

    August 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm
  14. Sharon Mendelsohn

    I like to stay up on weeding, mulching and deadheadng to keep things tidy. My secret is properly-timed maintenance, so I turn to our local Cooperative Extension Office for advice on what to do and when to do it.

    August 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  15. floridagld

    No real secrets here other than buying for your zone, planting in the correct areas of your yard..sun/shade..fertilizer, water, tender loving care. I get out in the garden about 2 times a week to really check things out. I do have a green thumb as my daddy did. I divide plants regularly and dead head..prune correct so that no damage to plants/trees/shrubs or infections occur…Lay more mulch in winter for tender plants and cover or move as needed for freezing temps if I can. When a freeze is coming I also water my plants to prevent damage.

    August 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm
  16. tom sides

    i put coffee grounds around the plant to give them nitrogen

    August 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm
  17. Penny Moloso

    I like to trim in early spring and again right before it gets hot outside

    August 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm
  18. Nancy Beaird

    Deadhead faithfully but not overzealously! It’s natural to have some fading blooms among the buds; but, remove the truly exhausted to clean up the look and to stimulate reblooming.

    August 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  19. Joanne Novarro

    I don’t do anything to antagonize them: I let my husband take care of them and our garden thrives!!!

    August 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  20. Stephanie G

    In the spring and summer, I mulch the grass clippings back into the lawn. In the fall I mulch and bag my leaves, then use them in my flower beds. My lawn and flowers seem to love it, and it’s a great way to incorporate organic lawn care practices!

    August 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  21. Trisha shay

    So far I’ve had good luck with ginger ale, ice tea,lemonade. I would like to try beer but my husband doesn’t leave any behind.

    August 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  22. JD

    Be constantly vigilant and try to “think like” your plants in order to put them in the best site for them.

    August 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  23. Sandra Dee

    Check on all your plants at least once a day (it’s better to get out there more), so if something unexpected happens you can work to fix it as soon as possible. 🙂

    **********Just two weeks ago, my house was pressure washed-with bleach-and all of our plants were SOAKED in it.*********

    My younger sister pretty much lives in her garden, and as soon as she could go back outside, she did. When she went outside she found all of her plants she worked SO hard to grow, looking completely dead. She immediately gave them water and helped them in other ways, and has continued to give all of her plants lots of care. Today, some of her plants look as though nothing had ever happened.

    *Moral of the story*: Take care of them like they are you babies and never stop taking care of them no matter what! 🙂

    August 4, 2015 at 10:38 am
  24. Lauren Timmons

    Just making sure plants and flowers get water they need and planting in ideal locations!

    August 4, 2015 at 10:35 am
  25. Anna

    I plant ornamentals in the front yard and veggies in the back yard so all the pretty stuff can be seen from the road.

    August 4, 2015 at 10:34 am
  26. June

    Weather permitting, I usually do a little every day. My husband says if I am not bent over in the yard, something must be wrong!

    August 4, 2015 at 10:21 am
  27. leslie

    I believe in doing alittle bit of yard work each day. I think if you don’t do it alittle at a time it becomes overwhelming!

    August 4, 2015 at 9:54 am
  28. Kathleen

    My best gardening tip is to just spend a little time each day in your yard, observe your plants to see what they may need, water, prune, fertilize, etc. If I break up my gardening into small, manageable pieces it doesn’t seem so overwhelming & I don’t procrastinate.

    August 4, 2015 at 9:20 am
  29. Mona Thompson

    I try to do a little each day so that things don’t become overwhelming. 🙂

    August 4, 2015 at 9:18 am
  30. Sharon K

    I don’t have a secret, just long watering times for a better root system. 🙂

    August 4, 2015 at 9:18 am

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