Podcast, Ep. 248: Creating Outdoor Spaces with Brantley Snipes

Brantley Snipes on the How to Decorate Podcast

Landscape Designer Brantley Snipes

Spring is here and that means many of us are doing outdoor decorating. Our guest today, Brantley Snipes, is a Mississippi-based landscape architect as well as the owner, lead designer, and project manager for Brantley Snipes Landscape Design. When she’s not working with clients, she works on preservation projects for the nonprofit Main Street Greenwood, Inc. where she serves as Executive Director. Among many accolades, Brantley was named to the Greenwood Commonwealth’s Top 30 under 40. We talk all about the importance of landscape design, creating outdoor rooms, what to know before you DIY, how to embrace pine straw, and address many of your landscape questions.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Why time is such a crucial element in landscape design.
  • The importance of using native plants as part of a landscape design and avoiding invasive plants.
  • Where do you find native plants?
  • What should the first step of beginning landscape design be?
  • How can you design a low-maintenance cutting garden?
  • How to have a balance of seasonal blooms, evergreen, and deciduous plants.
  • Does your landscape style need to match your house style?
  • How to balance soft curves and sharp angles with landscape design.
  • When is the best time to plant and the best time to move/replant?
  • Do plants need to be pruned before they are moved?
  • What are Brantley’s thoughts on raised beds?
  • Why would someone use a raised bed instead of just planting in the ground?
  • What are Brantley’s preliminary maintenance tips to know about before planting?
  • Which mulch does Brantley prefer?
  • How to protect plants from invasive species in your yard.
  • When to DIY and when to hire professionals for design and/or maintenance.
  • Good news. A holistic approach to landscaping means no more bagging leaves!
  • Why a mature landscape can mean less maintenance.
  • Brantley’s final thoughts and why you should never plant before Easter.

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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.