Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: 2018 garden trends – resilient plants
As we head toward a new year, all the “experts” come out with new trends. We’ll take a look at some of them. The first is climate controlled gardening. Because our weather is changing more rapidly than ever before, experts say we can’t rely on historical data. It’s not just heat but storms that bring flooding and hail too. That means adjusting our plantings to more resilient plants.
High winds have been happening all over the country. High winds can uproot plants, spread disease and increase water loss. Some suggested plants include thin-stemmed plants with flexibility! And small narrow leaves, like native grasses, yarrow, evergreen trees and the like.
They also suggest planting large trees and shrubs as windblocks. Be sure to plant them correctly or that large tree is going to be a problem!
Check out this video with tree expert Leif Knecht:
Another suggestion is retaining walls and mulch.
For those of us in colder climates, freezing can be a problem. It can cause breaking branches and limit water to roots. Freeze proof gardens include Douglas firs, spruce, birch and maples as well as sedge grasses, hellebores aka lenten rose and hostas. As we talked about yesterday, add a blanket of mulch, compost and leaves to protect the roots and gently shake snowladen plants. Avoid salt near plants too.
And then there’s flooding which saturates soil, suffocates roots and attracts pests. To address that, raingardens rock! Include water resistant natives like Joe Pye weed, black chokeberry, meadowsweet and winterberry. Other ways to help combat flooding is by creating pervious surfaces such as sand and stone for paths and low lying areas.