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Organic Kitchen Garden

15 Jul

The owner wanted to have an inviting herb garden close to the kitchen and have an area where she can enjoy a morning tea. We created it a fusion of French, Italian, Latin and Asian kitchen garden, using herbs from around the world, a dwarf peach, a chandelier topiary form gala apple, 3 different varieties of strawberries, salvias, sage, stevia, 3 varieties of oregano, lemon grass, coneflowers, mints, rosemary, laurel, cat grass, catnip, borage, bee balm, Chamomile, chervil, dill, cilantro, 3 varieties of lavender, calendula, lemon balm, thyme, marigold, purple basil, basil, curry… and many more. We installed 4 planters with 4 different themes: Asian herbs, French herbs, Latin Herbs and Italian Herbs. The incorporation of a water feature as a focal point gives the complete area a relaxing touch. We left space to have a sitting area using a Faux bois style bench and finally we installed beautiful maintenance free grey tone pea gravel.

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How to Use Fireplace Ash for Gardening

11 Jan


Winter is the perfect season to collect your fireplace ashes either to store them in a save container or use them into your garden. When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain.

“Wood ash has a very fine particle size, so it reacts rapidly and completely in the soil. Although small amounts of nutrients are applied with wood ash, the main effect is that it is a liming agent.” (1) Furthermore, calcium works as soil amendment, helping to maintain chemical balance in the soil and improves water penetration.

1. As calcium and Potassium soil amendments
2. Enrich compost, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes to the mix.
3. Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails. Salt in the ashes dehydrates these insects.

Calcium and potassium are both essential to plant growth. Hereby, I am listing the symptoms of both deficiencies.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
– Necrosis at the tips and margins of young leaves,
– Bulb and fruit abnormalities,
– Deformation of affected leaves,
– Highly branched, short, brown root systems,
– Severe, stunted growth, and
– General chlorosis.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:
– Yellow and brown spots on leaves
– Leaves drop off
– Smaller and fewer fruits
– Fruits appear deformed or small

BEFORE applying ashes to your plants please keep in mind that too much ash can increase pH or accumulate high levels of salts that can be harmful to some plants, so use ashes carefully. And don’t use it in acid-loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, rhododendrons and azaleas would not do well at all with an application of wood ash.(1)


Colors of my Garden – OCTOBER

10 Nov

Bee on lime coleus flower

Bee on lime coleus flower



Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

Pupa – Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Pupa - Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Squash flower

Swallowtail larva eating

Swallowtail larva eating


Colors Of My Garden – JULY

14 Aug

Tickseed ‘nana’

Verbena bonariensis

Sunflower ‘sunspot’

Butterfly  bush – pink



Tomato ‘roma’

Cucumber Flower


Crape myrtle

Curry Plant

Bell pepper flower


Frangipani flower buds

Squash Flower

We won 3 Awards!! UAC 2011 Professional Landscape Awards

12 Mar

The Urban AG Council of Georgia recognize  professionals involved in award-winning projects in design/build/installation, landscape management, seasonal color, landscape lighting, green innovations and community service.  Following the tradition of the MALTA Professional Awards, this awards program is open to all eligible UAC member companies! There are different categories and Arcoiris Design Gardening participated in 3 of them and won MERIT on all 3 as follow:

 1. Design/Build/Installation as Small – space: Best Western Plus – Inn at the Peachtrees

2. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal Color – Residential: West Paces Ferry

3. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal color – Commercial: Integral Youth and Family Project, Inc

We are very grateful with our Clients that allow us to enhance their gardens and let us be part of their projects year around. And mostly we are grateful with our employees that always strive to have our gardens the best possible. Visit:

Arcoiris Design Gardening will continue demonstrating that using organic and natural products can provide equal or MUCH better results than using chemicals!


Colors of My Garden -FEBRUARY

9 Mar

These are the pictures taken in my garden during February. Enjoy!



Azalea Anthers and Stigma


Azalea Anthers and Stigma


Blue jacket Hyacinth


Broccoli Flower


Crocus blue Bird


Crocus blue Bird Petals


Crocus blue Bird Stigma and anthers


Hyacinths and ant


Ice Follies Daffodil Anthers and Stigma


Lilac Wonder Tulip


Pink Pansy


Plum Bud-Flower


Puple Pansy


Red Devon Daffodil



Red Devon Daffodil Anthers and Stigma


Red Devon Daffodil Stigma

Fragrant, Bell-shaped Pink Flower

White Hyacinth

Pesticide Free Gardens

21 Feb

Arcoiris Design Gardening goal is to encourage and educate our clients to a pesticide-free lawn and garden! As most of us know, the environmental impact of pesticides is often greater than what is intended by those who use them. Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including non-target species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food. (1)

Furthermore, some pesticides contribute to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. (2) There is many ways pesticides affect us, including air pollution or pesticide drift, water contamination caused by crop run-off, land run-off and leaching , persistence of pesticides in soil because the microorganisms are not able to degraded the chemicals, contamination of our food, kill bees and other pollinators,  animals may be poisoned by pesticide residues that remain on food after spraying,  poisoning from pesticides can travel up the food chain too,  can enter the human body through inhalation of aerosols, dust and vapor; through oral exposure by consuming food and water; and through dermal exposure by direct contact with skin.

Please help Arcoiris Design Gardening, to stop the use of harmful pesticides in our environment. Lets us show you how we can help you to have a free pesticide garden, we will very happy to explain all about our products and services at any time.

Are you familiar with this sign? Will you allow your childrem to play on this grass?

How about changing that sign for THIS one? Will you allow your children to play on this grass?

Important facts:

 “The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that 72 million birds are killed by pesticides in the United States each year”. (3)

“The USDA and USFWS estimate that US farmers lose at least $200 million a year from reduced crop pollination because pesticides applied to fields eliminate about a fifth of honeybee colonies in the US and harm an additional 15%”.(1)





4. Pesticide sign picture from:

Midtown Wildlife Paradise

21 Dec

When we first bought our 1000sq ft home at Loring Heights in Midtown, we never thought we were going to be surrounding by the most amazing variety of birds, insects, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and possums. As Nature lovers, my husband and I have planted many shrubs including native for the area, many blooming plants and shelter edgings.  When we planted trees, shrubs, and flowers around our home, we also built homes for a whole community of animals. Over the years we have provided  animals with food by planting a mix of plants that produce seed or fruit at different times of the year and by using  feeders, water in birdbaths and fountains, shelter and installing bird houses for them to nest.

Furthermore, we do not use ANY chemicals in our garden, we use organic fertilizers and none insecticides at all.

Enjoy these beautiful pictures from our backyard wildlife paradise and keep in mind that your backyard can become a better home for the wildlife already living there and a home for new wild neighbors.  

American Goldfinch


American Robin


Black-throated Green Warbler


Blue jay


Brown headed cowbird


Brown Thrasher


Carolina Chickadee


Carolina wren


Carolina wren baby birds


Carpenter Bee


Cedar Waxwing





Common Eastern Bumble Bee



 Downy Woodpecker



Eastern Towhee 


Flicker Woodpecker


Hooded Warbler male


House Finch



House Finch female


House Wren


Mourning Dove


Northern Cardinal


Northern Cardinal female


Northern Mockingbird


Orange-crowned Warbler






Red – Bellied woodpecker


Red shouldered Hawk


Red-headed Woodpecker


Red-headed Woodpecker juvenile


Redstart warbler female


Redstart warbler male


Ruby-throated Hummingbird Female


Scarlet Tanager




Summer Tanager female


Tufted Titmouse




White Breasted Nuthatch


White-throated Sparrow


Wild Rabbit




Yellow- rumped warbler male


Yellow- rumped warbler female


Yellow-throated Vireo


Best Of Atlanta – Arcoiris Design Gardening: Best Landscaping Company.

9 Nov

Thank you very much for voted for us, we won! For us is an honor and privilege to have won in the Best Improvements category as the Best Landscaping Company in Atlanta. Since we started our business in 2005 we have encouraged ourselves to offer always the best to our clients. This is the result of our love for plants and environment. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your outdoor living spaces. – Adriana Hernandez

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Colorful Canvas Birdhouses by Birdiology

21 Oct



Colorful birdhouses for all indoor and outdoor spaces. Birdiology Collection from Arcoiris Design is your resource for unique, one of a kind birdhouses.  All combinations of fabric and all, one of a kind Birdiology birds are created by Adriana with love and care. She selects perfect fabric colors for any living space. If you are looking for a specific combination of colors she can make it happen for you.

  • Wood Material
  • Outside Fabric with different patterns
  • Organic Fabric available upon request
  • Upon request we can apply sealer for outdoor use
  • Dimentions: 9”H, 4”W
  • One Opening Style #001
  •  Two openings style #002
  • Each birdhouse comes with 2 birdies.
  • Just select the Color Palette, blue, pink, grey, green, brown, red or any other
  • Select the pattern, flowers, strips, dots or any other.
  • Because of the unique nature of her designs, no two patterns are alike.
  • If more than 1 is needed with same pattern please call for details.
  • Please call to place order.
  • Birdiology birdhouses are not a toy – not for children.
  • Price: $45 + Shipping