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Gardening is Number 1
by Brenda Ruzycki
by Brenda Ruzycki

Brenda's has 25 years experience working in the horticulture industry.

February 2, 2003

Gardening is No. 1. This activity has become one of the most popular pastimes over the past few years.

The reason? It’s therapeutic. So many people have caught on to the fact that gardening relieves stress.

What are some of the new trends in the garden this year? Let’s take a look at what some of the trendsetters are doing.

Planning is still so important and has become vital to gardeners. In today’s world, no one has the time to experiment and piddle around.

Real trendsetters will make a plan, either by attending a landscape design class or by hiring a professional to do it for them.

With a good plan in hand, you’ll have a sense of direction and will be able to complete your landscape project in a short time. If you change your mind along the way, you can always make revisions during construction.

Another trend for garden design is simplicity. Less is more. Garden rooms and spaces are still very fashionable because they also provide a very functional yard as well. By keeping things simple, one might plant a mass of wave petunias in a flowerpot for vibrant colour instead of an arrangement of numerous varieties.

Organic gardening is huge. More and more gardeners are focused on alternatives to pesticides. There are better methods for maintaining a healthy lawn than using herbicides, just as there are other means of dealing with insect problems than relying on insecticides.

The trendsetters are using more organic fertilizers versus the traditional synthetic ones. Liquid seaweed, which is excellent for root development and should be used at the time of transplanting, is a good example of an organic fertilizer.

Xeriscaping does not mean gardening without water. What it does mean is altering the landscape for better water conservation. If you follow the seven fundamentals - plan and design, create practical lawn areas, plant drought-tolerant plants, use soil amendments, irrigate efficiently, apply mulch to all beds and implement proper maintenance practices - you will be xeriscaping.

Bonsai in the garden is pretty cool. If you have the patience and know what you are doing, one can bonsai most hardy trees or shrubs in the garden. Here again, the true trendsetter will take a class on this process.

Feng Shui has also intrigued many garden trendsetters. The term doesn’t refer to Japanese-style gardens; rather, it involves placing particular elements in certain places throughout your garden in order to create balance and harmony in your life.

With our hectic lifestyles, who wouldn’t want to come home to a nice, peaceful garden?

Speaking of peaceful - anything that ‘moves’ is trendy. Of course, moving water is still popular, as are whirligigs and practically anything that twirls or spins.

The trendsetters are also colour-co-ordinating and matching their containers. Annuals planted in flowerpots have been popular for some time; but, now all the containers must match, either through colour or theme.

Sticking to the subject of ‘themes’, more and more gardeners are favouring thematic design, similar to the way you would decorate your home’s interior.

Lastly, lots of vibrant colours are ‘in’ and pastels are ‘out.’ The more colour you’re able to infuse, from spring and into winter, the more exciting your garden will be.


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