Many people are turning to wildflower gardens for two main reasons:
Traditional lawns and gardens take more time and money to maintain, with limited environmental benefits. Wildflower gardens are low maintenance, require very little water, and do not require a green thumb!
It is proven to be more environmentally friendly! Wild gardens are better for rainwater retention which helps to avoid flooding. They also create a haven for bees, butterflies, and birds, increasing the biodiversity.
Raised garden beds are an asset to smaller spaces. These smaller spaces also make it easier to control your soil’s water and chemical balances.
Here is a budget friendly DIY tutorial from Rocky Hedge Farm to create a cheap and easy garden bed!
Benefits to raised garden beds:
Not as many weeds as in a ground garden
Help to deter pets and wild animals from getting into your plants
More control over nutrients in the soil and moisture levels
Adds to the aesthetic of your space! Use materials or stain that fits with your space
White gardens with darker green foliage as a backdrop has become increasingly popular this year! This will help to avoid colours clashing with other outdoor furniture and décor, and keeps the garden feeling nice and calm.
Some of the most popular white flowers and foliage include: tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, silver dust, and zinnia. If you’re looking for more ideas check out this article by HGTV on white and ivory flowers.
Vegetable and herb gardens are making a comeback! Though this certainly is not a new concept, it continues to rise in popularity. Many are pointing to people spending more time at home this year as a reason, because this means more time to be able to allocate to gardening! Vegetables and herbs can be much more time consuming than regular perennials and annuals, so they need a bit more commitment. That being said, it can be very rewarding getting to use the ingredients that you have grown yourself!
Not feeling so confident in your green thumb? No problem, not all vegetables require expert experience. Check out this blog post by The Free Range Life for a list of vegetables that are beginner-friendly.
Create a space that is both comfortable and functional for you that shows off your gardens. For a detailed guide on creating a backyard oasis, check out this blog post from Anita’s Corner for inspiration!