By Rieva Lesonsky
With 81 percent of the yard-owning population believing landscape is an important aspect in the look of their homes, it’s no wonder that realtors recommend landscape improvements as one of the top 10 improvements home sellers should do before putting their house up for sale. Depending on your part of the country, what’s popular varies, but here are some of the top garden trends for 2013, according to Better Homes and Gardens:
- Fragrant Flowers. Plants and flowers with pleasant-scented leaves and blooms are rising in popularity.
- Variegated Beauties. Plants with varicolored leaves, streaks or other marks make a garden look vibrant and diverse. This nursery in Connecticut is dedicated to variegated plants and flowers.
- Easy-to-Please Bulbs. Suggest bulbs in a variety of colors to your clients. The Black Parrot tulip has a frilly petal and smells of hyacinth.
- Mixed Bouquets. In 2013, the trend is to add clippings of fresh vegetables to floral arrangements. Consider planting radishes, carrots, flowering kale, squash blooms, chard, eggplant, or even wax beans—your clients will enjoy not only pretty bouquets, but also delicious meals.
- Mini Homesteads. Consumers are still interested in self-sufficiency (growing edible gardens in less space). Don’t forget to leave room for a composting.
- Old-Fashioned Flowers. This year, look for traditional flowers like hydrangeas, lavender, Russian sage, moonflower, impatiens and celosia to make a strong comeback.
- Sharing. Homeowners increasingly want to create gardens that will attract natural visitors like birds, bees, and butterflies.
- Permeable Pavers. These paving stones allow water to percolate to the surface to reduce runoff and leaching of contaminants.
- Eat What You Grow. Edible landscaping continues to be popular this year, and plant breeders are making it easier than ever. The new dwarf thornless raspberry and dwarf blueberry are gorgeous and can be grown in pots.
- Less Grass, More Flowers. More and more homeowners desire less maintenance and less water usage in their landscaping. Replacing grass with drought-tolerant flowers is a perfect solution.
What landscaping and gardening trends are you seeing in your region of the country?
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.