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Linda Cobb: What’s new in gardening trends this year

If you are a gardener, your excitement begins to build as the days get closer to spring. We recently had an usually warm winter day, and I took a walk in the garden. The air was right, and even the soil looked warm and friendly. But common sense tells me that we have more of winter to come.

Every year when I get to February, I have to control myself because I can’t wait until spring. If there are spring garden symposiums, I attend every one. I also go to all the home shows to see if I can find a new plant that will get me excited.

I get out my old journals and try to imagine when things will bloom. I have a list of things to do and when to do them to get ready for spring. That will be discussed in a future column.

For this week’s column, I want to talk about this year’s garden trends. I wanted to do this early in the season so that you can make plans for your garden.

Rhododendrons and roses are making a comeback, and I am happy about that.

Landscape pines also are stylish and are being used in creative ways. The potted ones are fuss-free plants and evergreen.

We also are seeing hydrangea mania this year because there are so many new varieties. Research them and add a few varieties to your garden. I have always believed that no garden should be without at least four different types of hydrangea. Growers are making them with stronger stems and larger flower heads. I would suggest putting two of them in very large pots.

When it comes to plant hunting, refine your garden by adding unique plants that you love. Make it your own. Go to great lengths to create that special place in your garden. It will give your garden new life and you will be proud of it.

This is also the year of “show me how.” There are so many classes being held on how to do almost anything from laying your own patio to installing your own sprinkler system. Learn how to do some of these things for yourself. You will be glad that you did.

Finally, find your own garden tribe. There are many groups to join with people who like what you like. Or you can get a group together and go garden hopping. Not only will you see new things, but you will learn so much about gardening from other people.

Activities coming up include Clemson Extension Program offering advance master gardener training from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb 21. Extension agents Drew Jeffers, Barbara Smith, Joey Williamson, and Jordan Franklin will meet students at the University Center of Greenville, located at 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive. For more information, call Jordan Franklin at 803-365-0632 or email at nfrankl@clemson.edu.

Linda Cobb is a master gardener who lectures, teaches, and does garden design in South Carolina. She can be reached at 864-574-8493 or email her at lindacobb@charter.net. Visit her website at www.mygardenersguide.com

 

 

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