If you are traveling to north Georgia this summer to visit a winery, raft down the Toccoa River, go tubing in Ellijay or take a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, make sure you include a stop at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. Located in Cherokee County and easily accessible from Georgia 400 or SR 575, you’ll discover a spectacular public garden that is also one of the largest residential estate gardens in the nation . . .220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens surrounded by majestic forests, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls and bridge crossings. The Gardens offer an abundance of blooms and are designed so there is always something new to see every three weeks from March 1 through November.
Wide paths and benches, located throughout the Gardens, invite you to stroll and linger. Water gardens offer beautiful reflections and a cooling effect on warmer summer days.
Summer color in July and August will inspire you with bold combinations of annuals and perennials, crape myrtles, roses, late-blooming hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon and waterlilies, both hardy and tropical varieties.
Bring your camera and capture hundreds of ideas for your home garden.
Knowing which plants will not only survive, but thrive despite the heat of summer can make all the difference. Don’t despair if you garden in the shade! There are a host of plants you’ll see that grow happily without full sun.
If you don’t have space in your garden for additional plants, use a large decorative pot to create a striking display that features flowers and foliage.
Annual and Perennial Favorites at Gibbs Gardens
Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia – This hardy perennial typically grows two to four feet. However, it can grow taller. Its gray-green leaves are finely dissected and strongly aromatic when crushed. The purple flowers appear from July through September. A robust grower, it can flop about, but at the Gardens we use twiggy branches for stakes to support it as it grows up through the twigs. Give it a well drained soil and full sun.
List of Annuals that flourish at Gibbs Gardens (perennials and shrubs)
Allow several hours to tour Gibbs Gardens. As you depart, pick up a copy of our Event Calendar so you can plan now to return in the fall for our visitor-favorite festivals.