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  • Planning and Planting a Spring Garden in 2014

    Posted on 24/02/14 by in Blog
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    “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” These famous words spoken by the late, great Audrey Hepburn sum up that feeling of excitement about new beginnings we feel when planning and planting our garden in early spring. The first tiny green sprout we see peeking out from the dirt gives us hope that the bitter cold is behind us and the coming days will be filled with warmth and sunshine. This spring will be a wonderful season to celebrate the return of nice weather with the beautiful, colourful and eco-friendly gardening trends of 2014. If you haven’t started planning your spring garden yet, now is the time to do so.

     

    The bad weather of this past winter actually leaves the spring gardener with good, wet soil that is perfect for spring planting. Why not brighten up your garden with some bold colours and decorative elements? Let’s take a look at some of this year’s fantastic trends in planting and garden design.

     

    Flowers

    This year’s garden trends are all about bright colours. Purples and yellows dominate the look of the 2014 flower garden. Think pansies, petunias, marigolds, tulips and lilies.
     

    Pollinators

    One of the top trends of 2014 is planting pollinators. The decline in the bee population and its potential effect on global agriculture has caught the attention of the home gardener. It just so happens that the plants that attract pollinators to your garden happen to be lovely, colourful and fragrant. Some perfect pollinators to plant this spring are Aster, Heather, English Lavender and Rock cress.
     

    Native Planting

    This is a trend that will have a lasting effect on the garden. It may require a bit of research but planting plants native to the geographical location makes a lot of sense. The growing conditions are already optimal for the native plant and native perennials will enhance the garden for a lifetime.
     

    Garden Design

    Cottage style gardening lends itself well to the planting of pollinators and native planting. This spring will mark the return of this style for its eco-friendly benefits. Berry producing bushes and shrubs are another design element that will add beauty to the garden this year and feed wild birds as an added bonus. In keeping with the eco-friendly theme of 2014 upcycled treasures and antiques will be used as decorative features in this year’s gardens.
     

    Growing Superfoods

    Superfoods have had a lot of press lately. These are foods that have “super” nutritional benefits and are thought to have a positive impact on weight and overall health. Just a few of the superfoods that can be grown and harvested in the spring are garlic, cabbage, carrots and spinach. Some other vegetables that can grow in the early gardens of spring are asparagus and broccoli. In addition many herb such as basil, chives and rosemary are great spring garden additions that can season those other veggies.
     

    Landscaping Trends of 2014

    The landscaping trends of 2014 are based on the importance of caring for our earth and environment. Eco-friendly garden products will be popular, as will composting and water conservation. Recycled furniture pieces, bottles and antiques of all sorts will be used to decorate this year’s gardens. Read more about this year’s popular plantings, environmental news and more in the article found here.
     
    With the end of a dreadful winter approaching, now is a great time to plan a spring garden. The planning of the spring garden lifts spirits with the remembrance of watching last year’s garden come to life. Spring is a season filled with wonder at the birth of new life in nature. The spring garden trends of 2014 promise to take care of the Earth and all its inhabitants. What will you do in your garden this year to keep that promise?
     

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