As I look forward to spring 2013 on a cold January day, I thought I would share with you some trends in the home landscape. Don’t feel very trendy? Let me “trend” you a hand and read the list, you may find you’re more “hip” than you think……..
- High impact low care plants. Own root landscape roses,succulents, steppables and groundcovers, Hydrangeas that bloom on old and new wood, weather resistant performing annuals like Diamond Frost, Calibrachoa or Gomphrena. and perennials like the array of colors now available for Coneflower.
- Use of mycorrhizae and soil supplements or soil replenishment to make plants better “rooted and suited” to weather trends namely heat, drought and weather extremes.
- Outdoors as an escape and a living area…..and extension “room” of the home. Outdoor cooking and grilling, entertaining and seating areas, outdoor furniture, firepits and fireplaces, Garden art.
- Vertical growing….a renewed interest in vines throughout the landscape creating the “walls” of your outdoor living space.
- Trees making a comeback……replacement trees for those lost to Emerald Ash Borer. As the housing market improves so does interest in trees and Urban forest canopies.
- Quality over price when it comes to plants. Consumer wants to be a smart spender and be successful with what they plant. Investment in quality plants.
- Container gardening for 4 seasons
- Vegetables and herbs……garden to table.
- Impatiens and downy mildew. Education on proper plant care and how to deal with this new issue in the landscape.