What better way to embrace 2016 than by cultivating a beautiful garden -- an activity that actually dissolves tension and promotes longevity -- and quite simply creates a handsome home environment. Read on for the best burgeoning spring 2016 garden trends, from container kitchen gardens to ... xeriscaping?
Succulents and Drought-Tolerant Plants
Concerns regarding current drought conditions and increased mindfulness in relation to energy and water conservation have placed the phenomenon of xeriscaping at the forefront of 2016's gardening trends.
Xeriscaping is the practice of curtailing water reliance in gardens through mindful practices, such as selecting succulents and drought-tolerant plants in lieu of thirstier flora
Succulents and drought-tolerant plants are especially prevalent in xeriscaping. Succulents possess the innate capability to conserve water despite the exterior environment, and are thus lower maintenance than plants requiring constant hydration.
One of the most essential facets of proper succulent care is the removal of accumulated dirt and grime. Tweezers or a brush can serve to siphon away unwanted dirt.
Pantone’s colors of 2016 -- the pastel hues Rose Quartz and Serenity -- are expected to influence more than interior decor and fashion. A garden alight in pale blue and blush pink is slated to serve as stylistic inspiration in 2016.
Blushing Knock Out Roses, tea roses, Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, and Raspberry Sundae Peonies share the blush-pink hue of Rose Quartz, while periwinkles, bluestars, bellflowers, delphiniums, and plumbago possess the powder blue hue of Serenity. Endless Summer Hydrangeas encompass both hues, ranging in tone from rosy pink to muted blue.
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Perennials are largely favored for their ability to survive season after season, and year after year. Such proliferation eliminates the need for constant replanting.
Within the perennial family, hostas, yarrow, peonies, daylilies, coneflower, and chrysanthemums are particularly simple to care for. When searching for undemanding plant strains, consider water requirements, soil requirements, and susceptibility to insects and disease.
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Terrariums are an excellent option for urban dwellers without access to outdoor space suited to plant cultivation. They provide a self-contained garden for novice botanists. Transparent vessels are recommended for use in creating a terrarium, into which layers of gravel, agricultural charcoal, and potting soil are added before the plant is finally incorporated. With proper weekly cleanings, moderate sunlight, and consistent mistings of water, a terrarium can prosper indoors and lend tranquility to an abode.
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After centuries of transplanting and cultivating exotic flora from the furthest corners of the world, avid gardeners are looking toward local varietals for 2016.
Native vegetation refers to plants that originated in a specific region or gradually adapted to thrive in a particular region, and therefore prosper with no adjustments to the soil or hydration.
Eco-minded gardeners find the prospect beneficial to both the environment and energy conservation initiatives, as well as the health of the local ecosystem. The native nursery trend is anticipated to expand even further in 2016.
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Horticulturalists who appreciate the vibrant hues of autumn leaves will fall for 2016’s next forthcoming trend: a fixation on foliage gardens. Leafy trees and ground plants provide a lush landscape rich in diverse textures and colors.
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Efficiency and clean living are all the rage for 2016, and the two qualities unite in another of the year’s burgeoning trends: edible gardens. Whether you wish to grow your own herb garden for superb seasonings or farm fresh vegetables, the garden-to-table trend is heading to your home next.
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While outdoor plots are optimal for fostering flourishing flowers, indoor gardens are on the rise for 2016 in homes sans alfresco space. Attentive care is essential to the growth of plants, but prosperous windowsill gardens are possible with the assistance of adequate sunlight or a grow light.
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