Local isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Hyperlocalism, one of the trends writer Pan Penick identified for 2017 gardens in Garden Design, isn’t just about using native plants, but also about plants with provenance, natives endemic to the local ecosystem.
Garden Design quotes New Jersey garden designer Susan Cohan, “What’s new,” she says, “is the impact that climate change is having on each region and how that drives design. More rain, drought, increased snowfall, no snowfall, cataclysmic weather events—these are all factors. Add local rules for impervious coverage, chemical runoff and storm-water retention, and you have the basis for intense regional, even local, design qualities.”
Turf and lawns serve important purposes, but increasingly they’re being significantly downsized and/or replaced by low-water, low-maintenance, low-input alternatives like native grasses, says Garden Design. Habiturf from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center is one alternative mentioned. Habiturf is a seed mix of native turfgrass species — Bouteloua dactyloides (buffalograss), Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama) and Hilaria belangeri (curly-mesquite) that works well in dry areas like Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. Artificial turf was also mentioned as a trend for some purposeful spaces, like pet play areas.
Deploying sophisticated irrigation technology to control landscape irrigation is another trend for 2017 cited by Garden Design. Hunter’s Hydrawise is one irrigation controller mentioned. It can be programmed and monitored from a smartphone enabling the user to make the best use of water depending on need.
Photo: Garden Design
Top Garden Trends for 2017 a Garden Design article by Pan Penick.
November 15, 2016 NewTerrain.