Have you ever noticed that some flowers need to be planted each year, while others pop up all by themselves?
Annuals are plants with a life cycle that lasts only one year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seed heads, and die all in one growing season. They then need to be replanted again the following year.
Annuals have great value in all gardens; they are quick to fill empty spots in flowerbeds, and make great additions to container gardens.
If you tend to have commitment issues, annuals are for you. You don’t have to see the same flowers year after year; you can try out new trends in garden design whenever you feel like it.
Annuals are incredibly versatile and diverse in color, form and texture that will last all season. Even though they only live for one year, they bloom for a long time. Because they only last one year, blooms are likely to be more colorful because they need to attract as many pollinators as possible to reproduce before the season ends.
A perennial is a plant that literally lives through the years. They offer tremendous diversity of color, foliage, fragrance and light and soil requirements. Their carefree dispositions make them ideal for all gardeners and garden types. The cornerstone of gardens, perennials set the foundation for a well-rounded collection of plants. They'll fill in your garden with great greenery and many beautiful flowers, blooming at different times of the year.
Since perennials bloom for a single season: summer, spring or fall, a collection of them in your garden will be great in luring in and keeping all our pollinators happy.
Perennials don’t have the same pressure to reproduce as annuals do. They are the dependable workhorses of our gardens; blooming year after year and often growing so big they can be divided into new plants for family, friends or those bare spots in your yard. Woven through borders and foundation plantings, and with their flower variety, color and texture, perennials can be your landscape’s crowning glory.
The benefits of trees and shrubs are endless. They provide healthy and beautiful places for children to play and learn. Green spaces encourage more healthy social interactions, as well as lower levels of social ills like property and violent crimes.
Tree-shaded sidewalks spatially denote the pedestrian realm; they naturally create a vaulted ceiling creating a sense of separation and protection from passing vehicles.
Rising temperatures are being caused by our own activities, such as burning oil and cutting down trees. Shrubs and trees slow down climate change and areas without them can become “heat islands,” with significantly higher temperatures than planted areas.
Money can grow on trees. Most of the prime streets that are tree-lined get a 10% to 15% premium in value over similar streets with less tree architecture. Trees give the appearance of more space and more privacy thus adding value to your home.
Eating locally and organically is more important than ever, and there’s nothing more local than the patch of ground just steps from your kitchen. Each square foot of garden space that you plant can reduce your carbon footprint by about one pound each year.
Don’t feel like you need an acre to be successful; even a couple of window boxes and containers on your patio will do. You can just as easily grow up and not out if you only have a wall or fence.
No one’s born with a green thumb, but you can easily learn to have one. Just like our gardens, life is short, fraught with the unexpected, filled with failure and adversity, and never seems to go as we planned. It’s also magnificent in its beauty as we experience laughter, adventures, and the small joys that can fill us with sublime happiness. Let us revel in the little things and find joy.
GROW Up! Vines are special because they can grow in ways that other types of plants simply cannot. They spread by climbing, attaching or twining their way up vertical surfaces or over the ground, and easily fill in spaces where other plants won’t grow. They can be evergreen, they can have spectacular flowers and they can grow in all sorts of conditions.
Climbers add another dimension beyond your garden beds, add seasonal color, while attracting pollinators. Vines are easy growers that spread vigorously.
Twisting, turning, twining and twirling — vines traverse the landscape in creative ways. Their attractive foliage provides visual interest as it forms living screens to hide ugly chain link fences, softens hardscapes, transforms seemingly impossible areas and can provide you with some privacy from nosy neighbors - you know we all have them!
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is today.