Guest Post – Latest Gardening Trends
Current trends in gardening have led to herbal and natural organic plantings, vertical green walls, meditative serenity in a hammock, lush exotic plantings and decorative ornaments, ponds and special lighting. People are always looking for new ways to use space, grow organic foods and spend their summers doing creative gardening. The backyard is the ideal spot for flowers, shrubs, trees and more. The patio is also great for all flowering beauties and certain unique vegetables. Back porches, rock gardens, the sides of walls, fences or a special trellis are all current concepts used for spring planting.
New Plant Varieties for 2012:
One of the more enchanting spring perennials is the ‘Fairy Wings.’ They are beautiful pale pink and white spur-like flowers draping from a plant that is 3 feet wide and 18 inches tall. They can be grown in partially shady conditions, which make them ideal for almost any yard. Being both new on the scene and totally unique create something extremely magical. The plant’s delicate flowers will be admired by all those who pass by and stop to view them.
The ‘Wheee!’ hosta is a unique clumping variety of a somewhat delicate perennial and is also new for 2012. Deep green leaves curled with an edging of creamy white add to the beauty of this particular variety. This is a good plant to mingle with other types of hostas.
Appropriate for sun and shade is the new ‘Solar Eclipse’ Foamy Bells. The leaves of this plant are burgundy-purple and chartreuse green. This plant grows 16 inches by 16 inches and does well growing with day lilies.
The ‘My Valentine’ Hibiscus is a deep red hibiscus approximately 4 feet by 4 feet. It mixes well with all types of spring plantings. Flowers blossom in the summer and last until the first frost. Its deep color makes this a very stunning plant.
A new disease resistant tomato introduced this year is the ‘Big Daddy’ Tomato. This is a relative of the ‘Big Boy’ variety, only it grows even larger and often weighs a pound or slightly more. It needs full sun, lots of moisture and grows best in well-drained soils.
The ‘Power Pops’ Tomato is a form of cherry tomato that has 55% more lycopene than other varieties. It is a deep, rich red in color and is great for growing in pots or other types of containers. It makes a good patio companion for the summer months.
The ‘Cayennetta Pepper’ plant is new for 2012. This pepper loves patio planters and produces a mildly spicy pepper. The plant is dense yet requires no staking. It likes full sun or partial shade which makes it ideal for any patio setting.
Certain garden centers allow for placing a flower order on their Internet site. They then deliver the products directly to the front door. With higher gas prices and crowded seasonal shopping, this new ‘order-delivery’ concept is a wonderfully practical idea. People buy flowers in UK in this manner.
New 2012 Garden Variations on a Variety of Old Themes:
Vining plants up the side of a wall or over a trellis is an old concept. Newer ideas have evolved from this where plants are now being layered in tall boxes with many slots to create a uniquely full look in a small garden area. Some plants do better than others in this situation, but most can be trained to do whatever the gardener wishes. These vertical gardens require creative thought and a great deal of time. If all goes well, they can be extremely unique and stunning in their appearance.
The rock garden has long been cultivated and admired; newer varieties of plants for this type of garden are being developed on a yearly basis. A new look can be created around this old concept.
Ponds and lighting fixtures are constantly changing to add new charm to any garden design. More people are looking to find serenity in their homes and in the surrounding garden areas. Constant care and yearly updating can take a garden from something ordinary to the exquisitely exotic spot of each and every homeowner’s dream.
About the Author
Patricia Hall works part-time for an online florist in uk and loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna.
‘To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers – it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways – unity of all mankind!’