Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Nine Gardening Trends to Try

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Nine Gardening Trends to Try

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From tiny urban gardens to rolling landscapes in the suburbs, here are nine hot trends for 2019, according to horticultural experts.


The biggest issue for most gardeners this year figuring out how to tackle a small garden. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, which leaves little to no room for outdoor greenery.

According to the experts at plant supplier Proven Winners, consider opting for fastigate shrubs.

Fastigate plants are those that grow with branches sloping upward, nearly parallel to the main stem. These plants save on space by growing upward instead of outward. According to Proven Winners, bushes and shrubs that fit the bill yet offer a splash of color and interest include Hibiscus purple pillar, Rose of Sharon, Japanese holly, or elderberry.


Sue Townsend of the Society of Garden Designers said creating gardens that can deal with extreme temperature swings will be a key trend this year. The designer suggested that gardeners should have the right plants that fit the condition of the garden, store water and allow excess water to be collected then dissipated through the soil. Think plants labeled drought-tolerant, cold tolerant, etc.


Pollinators vital to keeping the world’s crops thriving are under major threat from disease, loss of habitat and other stressors. Gardeners are encouraged to grow plants that support pollinators, such as like Sonic Bloom reblooming weigela, single-flowered roses like Oso Easy Paprika and Oso Easy Urban Legend.


Planting shrubs or trees that are native to a particular region or ecosystem can provide enhanced habitat for wildlife as well as natural beauty, said the Michigan State University Extension. In addition, native plants help the environment by reducing the amount of water used and less need for pesticides and fertilizers. …

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