Christmas has passed, and 2014 is busting through the door... time sure does fly! With another year behind us, we would like to give a little insight into what to expect in 2014 as far as plant trends and concepts. The buzz these days is definitely landscapes with purpose; including edibles, natives and xeriscapes. Learning and implementing these concepts will put you on the cutting edge of the plant industry in 2014.
Edible Landscaping is the fastest growing trend in the industry. People are finding out how easy it is to design a landscape that not only adds beauty, but also gives back, putting healthy, high-quality, delicious food on the table. These concepts intrigue people, and give them the opportunity to be more connected to their yards. Edibles give people an interactive experience with their landscape. Consider also the ornamental qualities of a particular edible when plugging it into the landscape. Peaches and plums put on quite the show in the spring that could match any flowering cherry. Pears are not only loaded with spring flowers, but also have gorgeous red and yellow fall color. Use the new 'Veinte Cohol' banana plant to add a lush tropical look during the summer, while also growing tasty bananas. Blueberries make great hedges with spring flowers and fall color. Collards, kale and mustards make beautiful fall and winter annuals where accents are needed. The sky is the limit when landscaping with edibles; it just takes a little outside-the-box thinking.
Natives have garnered a larger following in recent years, and continue to be in increasing demand. Many are learning the wisdom of planting natives; as these plants have adapted to the climate zone and help reforest landscapes. When properly used, natives are water smart and help ease the stress that development has on the land. Natives tend to have less pest issues, and, with good design and balance, can be just as beautiful as non-natives. Learn to be a steward of the land by using more natives; it's a win-win for everyone.
Xeriscaping is the use of plants that don't demand as much water as other varieties of plants. You don't have to give up beauty for drought tolerance. Introducing selections of xeriscape plants with color and character will have a similar impact to the beauty of the landscape as their more thirsty counterparts. They come in all different shapes, growth habits and colors. Choose from specimen trees, shrubs, and groundcovers among the vast selection of water conserving green material. Xeriscaping is also a must for those situations with no irrigation. You can not only design a solid, hardy landscape, but also save money and time with less fertilizer and trimming. With all these factors combined, xeriscaping is a true winner when it comes to bringing landscapes to practical and responsible designs.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions about edible landscapes, natives, xeriscapes or any other horticulture questions. After all, your success means our success. Plus, we just love plants! We are always looking for ways to keep our customers at the front of the pack when it comes to the green industry.
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