Before and after photo gallery
When Jerry and I moved into our house near Sprayberry High School, it had a lot of land with a few little pockets of landscaping here and there. Ninety percent of the land was bare and ugly. Over eight years, we have made many changes. We planted nearly every one of the Georgia Gold Medal winners.
We also planted as many of Theresa Schrum’s “Pike’s Picks” as we could find (see Georgia Gardener Newsletter). Theresa, bless her heart, did yeoman’s work researching every annual, perennial, bulb, flowering bush, tree, groundcover and vine that grows in Atlanta. All her findings are on her web site and we are the ones who benefitted from all her work.
We also devoured Michael Dirr’s (University of Georgia) excellent books about plants and trees that flourish in Georgia, and have found this UGA page on Landscape Plants for Georgia to be very helpful. And what would we do without Growers Outlet in Loganville? In March and September every year, I look at their availability online, make my loooong list of plants to buy and make the 100-mile roundtrip trek to Loganville. Their prices are so fantastic, it’s more than worth the trip!
When it comes to soil, mulch and pine straw, our favorite supplier is Pine Straw King on Canton Road. They also deliver!
Finally, a HUGE find for us was Nelson Plant Food. I just can’t sing the Nelson products’ praises enough. They literally transformed our gardens in one season. I would never dream of planting anything without incorporating the right Nelson product.
We have over 700 plants which we observe constantly to see how well they grow in Cobb County and what their requirements are. Here in Cobb, we are so blessed to be in Zone 7A where many, many plants grow happily. I hope you can see from these photos what a difference plants can make to your surroundings. I know I LOVE coming home every evening and seeing all the beauty in our yard. And my neighbors love seeing it, too!
— Moira French
This lady had lived in her house since the 1980s and the trees and bushes kept getting bigger and bigger as the years went by. A few hours work and you could see the house again!
This customer was very tired of his yard! All of his plants had become severely overgrown and their mature size didn’t complement the house at all. Rather than prune and face the same problem in a couple of years, he had us get rid of everything and start over. We put in plants with a variety of height, width, texture and color that would “pop” in different seasons.
This house is in a lovely subdivision but the owner couldn’t stand the plants the builder had put in. He called Jerry and asked him to take out every single one. Five months later, it still looked the same! When Jerry called to ask why, he answered, “The bids are in the $20,000 range. No way am I going to spend that much money! What do you think I should do?” “I think you should talk to my wife,” said Jerry. This is how Moira redesigned his front yard. The entire job (including installation by Jerry’s team) cost $4,000.
This customer rescues dogs and wanted her property cleared, so the dogs could run freely. She needed all poison ivy removed so the dogs would not bring any into the house on their coats. She also wanted to be able to see the dogs from her house. However, she needed to keep a privacy screen between her and the neighbors so several trees remained in place.
All these homeowners wanted was a pleasant area in which to sit outside during spring, summer and fall. We chose a variety of plants so that there would always be something blooming during each of those three seasons. In mid-October, the falling leaves have finally taken over, but from early April through September, this is a peaceful and colorful sanctuary.
“Wooden retainer walls don’t last more than 20 years. After 25 years, ours was crumbling. Rather than use landscape timbers again, we opted for stone. I forgot to take a picture of the wall before Jerry did the work, but it was in the same condition as the one in this photo below – just awful. Jerry’s team did an awesome job putting in the new wall. It’s perfect and I love it.”
Cobb County removed the first home in Woodstream subdivision to widen Allgood Road, leaving a large tract of land to be landscaped. Like most HOAs, the budget was limited. In the center, we placed a red maple that would grow very large and provide marvelous fall color. At each end, we put a Kwanzan cherry which also gets very large and is filled with large pink pom poms in April. In between those, further down the hill, we put four Little Gem Magnolias for evergreen color and blooms in summer. And in between those we placed two purple Catawba crape myrtles that bloom in July and August. All up and down Allgood Road and Rockcrest Road, we put 13 groups of Little Lime Hydrangeas alternating with Jubilation Gardenias (which can handle full sun if watered) and a gorgeous evergreen nandina which has striking leaf color all year round. We really enjoyed working on this project. Moira designed the whole thing in two hours and Jerry and his team did the installation.
This home was not visible from the street. Thirty years before, the owners had planted dozens of trees and bushes that had grown so big that many had to be completely removed. Here’s what the homeowner put on Facebook after Jerry and his team finished the job: “I would like to thank Jerry French for doing an outstanding job cleaning up and trimming the yard of our house that we have recently put on the market. He not only made it look clean but came in under budget after putting in a whole new lawn of grass for us and transplanting existing plants to other areas!! His team worked so hard and his knowledge of plants is outstanding. Our Realtor was just amazed at the change! He is now doing the lawn maintenance for us and is so reasonably priced and always reliable and honest. I would highly recommend Jerry French!”
This lady wanted stonework to sharply define the bed surrounding her bushes. Jerry brought her several types of stone to choose from and she was very happy with her new stone border.
Jerry French Landscaping – serving Cobb County since 1994