Garden Trends For 2008 All About Green
Before you start diggin' in learn more about some products and ideas
that will make your yard, and you, environmentally friendly.
| Gardening columnist -
Hampton Roads Daily Press
Garden for the greener good. "Thinking green"
means a sustainable garden that needs little maintenance from you, relying on
what Mother Nature delivers. To do that, look for tough plants like
drought-tolerant Solcito zinnia by Simply Beautiful and
disease-free Knock Out roses.
Chemically-needy yards are bad.
Want your pet or child to play on a yard that's just been sprayed with a
toxic chemical, even a product that stinks like rotten eggs? I bet
There are organic options that smell good. For example, Messina
Wildlife Management offers a rosemary oil- and mint-based line of "stoppers" for
deer, rabbits, moles, squirrels and even geese.
is in. Instead of paying for plants shipped hundreds of miles, buy locally
at plant sales sponsored by local master gardeners. Companies like
Pennsylvania-based Organic Mechanic Soil Company that substitutes locally made
composts for Canadian peat and focuses its potting-soil distribution in the
mid-Atlantic region so miles on the road are reduced.
water is out. Petite water pods and fountains are the economical and
low-maintenance ways to enjoy a water feature in your yard. Big ponds that
evaporate and take time to clean are passe.
Smart 'n' easy
gardens are best. Plants that need minimum water and no chemicals are best
for everyone. In '08, look for toughies like Hines
Horticulture's new Black Flamingo perennial that grows outdoors or indoors.
There's also the new "novice-proof" Thai Delight caladium collection that
thrives in the poorest of conditions.
combos work. Instead of planting one basic color family, add foliage plants
or succulents with variegated leaves as an accent. Let one or two of the colors
in the variegated leaves pick up color from one of the other plants. Salsa Asian
Jasmine is a new shade-loving variegated perennial — red, orange, green, yellow
and white — that can play that role.
Square gardens are far
from hip. Circular brick patios, curved walkways and statuary lead the eye
around the garden room in a way that is much more visually stimulating than
traditional boxy designs.
Lighted gardens are essential.
People are out and about all hours, even in their yards. Stylish table
lamps, fountains equipped with submersible lights and pathway lights are just
some of the ways to illuminate outdoor spaces. Amish Country Gazebo makes it
easy by offering an "electrical ready" option, meaning you can hang chandeliers
or instantly plug-in outdoor floor lamps for immediate use.
Think birds and bees. You help restore balance to nature when you
create shelter and feeding spots for birds. Place flowers in a container so
bees, ladybugs and beneficial insects have fruit and nectar to eat. Simply
Beautiful's new Aztec Dark Red verbena attracts hummingbirds while Star Plants'
Grand Bleu caryopteris is a haven for bees and butterflies.
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