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Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Native Tennessee perennials and annuals will make you fall in love with fall all over again.

As summer winds down, it’s time to consider what your fall landscaping will look like. One of the biggest questions we hear from clients is whether to plant annuals or perennials, or both. Here at Master's Landscape Design, we have a comprehensive plant catalog, and we work with your preferences to choose and install quality plants for your landscape.

To help you decide how to make the most of fall, we’ve put together an overview of which plants are best for your fall landscape in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Tennessee.


What Are Annuals?

Blanket flowers with fire colors near Mt. Juliet, TN.

Annuals are often bright, showy, and colorful, which is why we love them. Annuals thrive during the growing season and can really perk up your property. However, annuals are called annuals for a reason—annuals die at the end of the growing season and they need to be removed and replaced.


Benefits of Perennials

Perennials, on the other hand, live year-round and generally require less care once they are established. We love using perennials as the foundation of our landscaping designs because they become more effective as they grow into place.

Perennial stonecrops plants at a Lebanon, TN home.

The one downside to perennials is that they often don’t have quite the same color show as you get with annuals. That’s not to say there is no color, but they generally don’t have quite the same showy display.

Using perennials as your...

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4 Outdoor Kitchen Features to Consider for Your Project

4 Outdoor Kitchen Features to Consider for Your Project

When you sit down with your landscape designer to create the custom outdoor kitchen of your dreams, there are many features that you can choose to add to the area such as countertops, ovens, refrigerators, and so much more.

Outdoor kitchens are beautiful, but there are four particular features you should consider adding to your project. Learn about these features and how they will benefit your property in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Green Hill, and nearby cities in Tennessee.


1. Add a wine and beverage cooler.

Outdoor kitchen with wine and drink cooler in Mt. Juliet, TN.

When you have guests over to your outdoor kitchen, you will not want to be going in and out repeatedly to refill wine glasses and get supplies for drinks because it interrupts the flow of conversation and you could miss things. If you add a wine and beverage cooler to the kitchen's space, then you can avoid that back and forth with a fully stocked cooler.

The size of the space depends on how much you plan to entertain, but we can create an area for any size wine cooler you like.


2. Install a sink so you can use it outside.

Outdoor kitchen with sink and grill in Lebanon, TN.

An outdoor sink provides a place to clean up dishes, wine glasses, or other items from cooking outside without taking the mess inside your home. This way, you can clean up while your guests are still there and not put it off until morning. Leaving dirty dishes outside is a good way to attract bugs to your outdoor living space, too. The sink will give you a chance to clean up that food debris as soon as ...

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Using Natural Stone vs. Concrete Pavers for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Using Natural Stone vs. Concrete Pavers for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces add beauty and functionality to your yard and when you opt to add one to your property, there are many choices to make such as what elements to install, the type of landscape plants, and the kind of material to build everything.

Choosing the material for your new space is a big decision, especially when you consider that they will last for decades. Learn about concrete pavers and natural stone and which one you may want to pick for your outdoor living space in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Green Hill, and nearby areas of Tennessee.


Concrete Pavers: More Economical, But Require More Maintenance

Concrete paver patio with retaining wall in Green Hill, TN.

One great choice for outdoor living spaces is concrete pavers. These come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Our hardscape contractors can arrange them in multiple patterns as well for a completely customized area. We can use them to create patios, walkways, decorative driveways, and more.

Pavers are a more economical choice of material, as they cost less than natural stone and are easier to install. Each piece is precut and designed to interlock with the one next to it.

They do require sealing and cleaning services, and those should be done every 3-5 years, which means they need more maintenance than stone. Occasionally, a paver might break or crack, but it is easy to replace them.


Natural Stone: Higher Costs, Will Last Forever

Natural stone paver walkway at a Lebanon, TN property.

While natural stone, or flagstone, may have a higher upfront cost, the end results...

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Stunning Plants You Should Add to Your Landscaping This Spring

Stunning Plants You Should Add to Your Landscaping This Spring

If your landscape's appearance has suffered during the long winter, it's not too late to revive it. Here at Master's Landscape Design, we have a comprehensive plant catalog available, so you can browse a variety of plants to add to your landscaping in Mt. Juliet, Green Hill, or Lebanon, TN this spring. Our landscaping team will also install the plants you choose for your landscape.

Coming up with the right inspiration for your landscape's design can be difficult, especially if you're starting from scratch. Check out some of the following plants our landscaping crew can install this spring that will bring both aesthetic appeal and an easy upkeep process to your landscape.


Black-eyed Susans come in striking yellow, gold, and bronze colors that liven up your landscape.

Black-eyed Susans are available in different colors including yellow, gold, and bronze. Their distinctive features are their dark brown centers, which serve as striking contrasts to their brightly-colored petals. These perennials reach up to two feet in height, so they can add a sense of fullness to a once-barren landscape. Black-eyed Susans typically don't attract any pests; rather, they entice a variety of pollinators to inhabit your yard in Lebanon and promote its overall ecological health.

Black-eyed Susans pair well with other prairie flowers including butterfly weeds and coneflowers.


Little lime hydrangeas bloom bright green in the summer and pink...

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Landscape Plants that Are Perfect for Playgrounds in Mt. Juliet, TN

Landscape Plants that Are Perfect for Playgrounds in Mt. Juliet, TN

Once spring weather rolls around again, many children will want to head out to the playground for some much-needed outdoor time. Playgrounds are great for entertaining kids, but the plants around them can also provide entertainment and education. It's important to install plants around playgrounds that are safe for kids and also hardy so they can stand up against heavy foot traffic.

There are several plants that are good for landscaped playground areas in Tennessee cities such as Mt. Juliet, Green Hill, and Lebanon.


Shrubs such as boxwoods and spindles can create a barrier for safety.

Trimmed boxwood shrubs at a property in Mt. Juliet, TN.

Around a playground in Mt. Juliet, TN, you may sometimes need to create a safety barrier to prevent balls from bouncing out or keep kids from running into the nearby street. Installing a border of shrubbery can help in this regard, but these plants need to be hardy. Using landscape plants that could be potentially weak may lead to you losing money and having to buy new plants. For creating a border around a playground, we recommend these plants:

  • Boxwoods: Boxwoods can be grown into hedges and are proven to thrive in our USDA hardiness zones. This shrub sprouts bright green leaves.
  • Japanese spindle: Spindles are also often used for hedges or to create a privacy barrier. They thrive well in full sun.

Consider planting some shade trees to provide refuge from the sun.

Mt. Juliet playgrounds are often in full sun, and that sun can quickly heat...

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