Soon the last frost will be here and your green thumb will be itching to sow seeds. Everyone is springing forward early with a passion for all things green and greenery, which means it’s the perfect time to start planning your garden for planting season! Get started on 2017’s best gardening trends and come spring, your garden will be bursting with the inspiration and color of nature!
Remember Elephant Ear Plants
They say elephants always remember, and elephant ear plants will be the most memorable feature of your garden this coming season. These plants are shaped like big elephant ears and bring a tropical look to any landscape.
Elephant ears are wonderful to use as a focal point in your garden. Plant at the borders of walkways and around ponds. If you are making a container garden, many types are also well-suited to grow in containers.
Elephant ear plants prefer moist and rich soil and need a bit of shade to thrive. As soon as the frost has cleared, plant tubers two to three inches deep into the ground, with the blunt end facing down.
Feel the Love With Soft Pink Plants
The beauty of soft pink petals is trending again this year- both in home décor and in the garden. The color is similar to rose quartz, which is a symbol of love, friendship, composure and compassion. Think of rose quartz plants like thyme pink chintz, cherry blossom, Belinda's Dream rose, mountain laurel, dogwood or peony.
These lighthearted blooms thrive in many conditions, and you’ll find a soft pink plant to suit your plot. Plant these near your doorway, a bench or a porch to promote a sense of interconnectedness and love among visitors.
Succulents Keep It Low Key
Succulents are perfect if you prefer low-maintenance plants or don’t have much room or time to dedicate to your garden. Focus on cultivating an indoor succulent garden for your home or office. For small plants, the foliage of succulents is very showy and inspiring to the eye.
Due to adaptive traits, succulents thrive indoors in dry environments just as well as they do outdoors with bigger roots and fleshier bark. Most will need to be placed by a window for bright light, such as by a southern or eastern window. They prefer well-drained and sandy soil. So, half sand and half potting soil works well for succulents. If you mix succulents in a larger container, make sure their care needs and rates of growth are fairly similar. With only a little water needed, these plants are low-key and beautiful!
Check out my post on how to create beautiful hanging terrariums for your home or outdoor space.
Help the Bees and Butterflies
The bees and butterflies haven’t got much love with increasing urban development and people’s war on “weeds.” Many are now listed as endangered and are so important to the cultivation of food and the beauty of every garden.
Help the bees and butterflies by creating a small garden area focused on them. These are also known as pollinator gardens, and the most common bee and butterfly beneficial plants are natives that grow wild naturally. Leave a section of your yard to grow wild or plant natives such as milkweed, butterfly bush, lobelia, dandelion or bee balm. Avoid using commercial pesticides and consider more natural options for extra pollinator ally points.
Show Some Hexagon Love for the Bees
Don’t stop there! Go bee crazy and decorate with honeycomb-like hexagon shapes all over your garden and yard. Construct hexagon stepping stones for your walkway. Build six-sided hexagonplanters for your pollinator plants and herbs. Place garden tools on hexagon shelving. Let guests set drinks on hexagon coasters as they admire your beautiful bee and butterfly garden.
Get pen and paper and start laying out your garden plot now!