Landscape Trend #1: Edible Gardens
Separating flowers from vegetables in your garden is so yesterday. The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together. These double duty gardens offer a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs while providing intriguing, energized beds.
Tuck tomato plants in with your roses. Plant a drift of “Bright Lights” chard — as pretty as any blooming perennial.
Mix asparagus or some raspberry bushes into your cutting garden. And chili peppers? They’re hotter than ever. Before they end up in your salsa recipe, they’re pretty little ornaments to spice up your garden.
Landscape Trend #2: Birds, Butterflies And Bees — Oh My!
More and more gardeners are installing plants that attract butterflies, birds and bees, especially since news has spread of the dwindling bee population.
Plant wild basil to invite butterflies — it’s one of their favorite nectar plants. Violets are many butterflies’ top choice for a host plant — plants they lay eggs on that will feed the caterpillars when they hatch.
Yarrow and hyssop will attract native bees.
Don’t forget water. Try a bird bath or a mini pond in a basin. Birds prefer shallow water, so keep the depth to three inches or less.
Landscape Trend #3: The Soothing Sound Of Water
Water features are more popular than ever, from fountains to waterfalls to serene ponds.
The sound of water is soothing after a hectic day. Besides the relaxing benefits of your new water feature it will also drown out the sounds in your neighborhood and provide you a sense of privacy.
There’s a water feature for every landscape and every budget.