Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Spring is sweet, spring is fresh…..the tulips and daffodils are blooming, trees are bursting and spirits are lifted. Flowers bring a sense of passion and inspiration. How wonderful to have welcoming containers at your door filled with color and fragrance. Spring is also the time to clean, rejuvenate& freshen.
Gardening Trends for 2013
2013 Color of the Year! “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” While lush, vivid EMERALD clearly leads the way in 2013, its radiant power also inspires exploration of the green color family. Expect to see more green foliage combinations with a wide variety of textures this year!
A living wall, also referred to as a green wall, vertical garden, or sky farm, is usually part of a building and consists of some sort of vegetation. These types of gardens are sometimes referred to as urban gardening, because they are well-suited for an urban environment where space on the ground is very limited but vertical space is plentiful. These vertical gardens can be quite spectacular in appearance!
Anything tiny is hot, plus they make great gifts. There is growing demand for miniature containers and plants, like mini cacti, succulents and lucky bamboo in 2 inch pots. Miniature gardens and mini meditation gardens are springing up and encourage interaction and conversation among family and friends.
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Friday, March 11th, 2011
Happy New Year! It won’t be too long now before winter is behind us and we see tulips emerging from the ground. One thing that can be done right now in preparation for spring planting is planning. Think about plants and colors that you’ve had in the past and decide if you want to stick with your favorites or try something new.
What’s new for 2011?
The folks at Garden Media Group outside Philadelphia have issued their 2011 predictions.
- Gardening with a purpose: The notion of greening urban communities
has taken hold in a way that “Save the Rainforest” did not. Look for many
more gardening initiatives at schools, plus curbside gardens, rooftop
gardens and gardening in other urban spaces.
- Eco-scaping: Gardeners are also much more aware of conservation
issues and that is translating into a greater use of native plants. Grasses are
easy to maintain and offer shelter to wildlife. “Biodiversity” and “sustainable”
will be key words. Gardeners will start to pay more attention to building their
- Edible ornamentals: Look for berries and tomatoes in the perennial
garden. Herbs and lettuces among the border annuals.
- Sustainable containers: Annuals seem a luxury when you can grow food
in containers — and have them still be beautiful.
- Succulents: Dry gardening is taking hold as more of the country battles
- Indoor gardening: Vertical is the word! Wall gardens of edibles for
homes and restaurants.
- Plus: Urban farming, CSAs, and “parklets” in and around rest stops and
other parking lots.
Stay tuned, and we will see which of these trends takes hold in spring, 2011!
2011 Perennial Plant of the Year
Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas blue star)
Amsonia hubrichtii grows 36” tall and 36 “wide in a mounded form. This versatile North American native perennial grows in zones 4 through 9.
Amsonia offers a variety of features throughout the seasons. From late spring to early summer, two- to three-inch wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the ferny foliage. The alternate-arranged leaves are bright green in spring and summer, but turn a bright yellow-golden color in fall.
- Light – Plants thrive in full sun to partial shade
- Soil – This plant performs best in average, moist well-drained soil but tolerates less moisture. Once established, it can tolerate drier conditions.
- Uses – This perennial for the seasons is an asset in borders, native gardens, cottage gardens, or open woodland areas. It is best when massed. Arkansas blue star is attractive
when mixed with ornamental grasses and plants that have attractive seed heads.
- Unique Qualities – Light blue flowers in spring are followed by marvelous foliage in summer. Golden-yellow fall color is second to none among herbaceous perennials.
- Hardiness – USDA Zones 4 to 9
The Perennial Plant of the Year Program promotes the use of perennials. Four perennials are selected by the Perennial Plant of the Year Committee from an extensive list of nominations made earlier by PPA members. Each year members cast their vote for one of the four selected plants with the following attributes:
- Suitable for a wide range of climate types
- Low maintenance
- Easily propagated – easily comes true from seed or vegetative propagation
- Exhibits multiple seasonal interest
Botanical Blitz Buzz January-February 2011