I recently read an article in “Nursery Management” by C.L. Fornari about a national campaign that the nursery industry is trying to start. The movement has big goals to create a sort of catch phrase out of the term “You Can Grow That”. It kind of reminds me of the phrase “There’s an App for That”. Eventually, all aspects of the green industry could rally behind the optimistic message that plants, gardening, and landscaping has something to offer the world; a great number of benefits from health, to happiness. It seeks to empower clients and avid gardeners to stay positive and work together to bring awareness and new ideas in design, plantings, gardening, and tree care. I don’t know where it could grow, but I like the idea of trying something fresh and letting it fly on its own.
Happy New Year and Happy new growth of ideas!
1. Compost containers made to look chic?…You can grow that!
Build or purchase compost containers that are stylish on the outside. Some cut down on the smell if you have a small yard or just blend in. How neighborly to keep your landscape tidy and doing your part for the earth at the same time.
2. Recycled wine bottle and beer bottle countertops for outdoor kitchens?…You can grow that!
A great green concept that my husband and I first saw at an organic winery in Santa Rosa California, Inman Family Winery.
3. New introductions of Panicled Hydrangeas?…You can grow that!
I love to use them in landscapes because they bloom later than most shrubs, and can handle some shade. They are usually very large and don’t work very well in small spaces or in foundational situations that they are sure to outgrow. These new introductions that Ball Horticultural has been working on, such as Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bombshell’ and ‘Fire and Ice’ . Bombshell is compact, and Fire and Ice has a very long bloom time and flowers that change from white to burgundy. More varieties means there are more situations that will allow planting and increase diversity in the overall palette of plants. Biodiversity is always a good thing!
4. Permeable pavers to create a grand entrance?…You can grow that!
Some villages are beginning to restrict the amount of impermeable space on a piece of land because too many subdivisions have water runoff issues. Large homes on small lots do not allow much more space for an entrance, patio or proper driveway size. Some villages will allow permeable pavers to take up more space since the water will pass through into the ground, so you can feel good about making that elaborate entryway or driveway to allow extra parking.
5. Wildlife gardens?…You can grow that!
Taking the theme garden to a whole new level. For properties with more space, manicured lawns can co-mingle with naturalistic areas to create a haven for native plants, animals, and insects. I once created a landscape bed of native prairie plants and used no mow grass as an alternative to prairie grass, as the prairie plantings were impractical being so close to the residence(could not be burned or mowed). Most suburban situations would restrict the use of this more “messy” look, so a little creativity is in order. Check out wildlife garden ideas at www.wildlifegarden.com.