Spring is somewhere around the corner. Our Design Team is eagerly preparing for the coming landscape season. One way to prepare is by seeking inspiration from colleagues, attending industry seminars, and researching new plants.
The Design Staff gets together regularly to exchange photos of recent installations. Each season they travel to one another’s most challenging or favorite sites to see the work of their colleagues.
This winter we attended programs sponsored by industry leaders, becoming familiar with new products available to our clients from Unilock and Techo-Bloc. Each year an array of classes are offered by our professional organizations, MNLA and MGIA . Beyond that we arrange private tours of local commercial greenhouses. That way we are able to expand our plant repertoire and become inspired by the growers’ display of newly available plants. We are plant geeks, so we get excited.
New Plants Can Inspire, But Can Be Tricky
New varieties are marched out each year, with their attributes reported in glowing detail. But what works in a test garden trial site may not thrive or perform as promised in the home garden. For that reason our designers are cautious with new plant varieties until a few years of experience with the plants proves they are indeed a good performer and not a disappointment to our clients. The plants must do well not only in our area, but across a range of trial sites.
Lauren Dunec Hoang, a former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset’s Editorial Test Garden recommends ten new flowering plants for more garden color in 2018. All are rated hardy for our zone, so we may be trying some soon. Read the full article on the houzz.com website here.
What fresh ideas can we bring to your landscape and outdoor spaces? Call or contact us to get started today.