July 15, 2024


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Allsup: 2021 yard trends | Home & Back garden

Chinese Revenue Plant (Pilea peperomioides), Black Raven ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), variegated monsteras (Monstera deliciosa), string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii), rubber trees (Ficus elastica) in every single dimension and color— so several succulent types they pretty much didn’t glance like serious vegetation — and my personalized beloved, jungle cacti have inundated my Instagram account. 

Ecosystem pleasant lawns could turn out to be a matter. In accordance to a current NGB survey, 67% of respondents 35 and below shared that, although they want some environmentally friendly lawn, they also need the rest of their property planted with a extensive assortment of other crops. 

Gardeners are warming up to the concept that the garden could feed bees and other pollinators. University of Minnesota’s bee garden plan endorses planting seed like clover, self-recover (Prunella vulgaris) and creeping thyme. Thyme’s smaller, lipped bouquets catch the attention of bees and butterflies. It is a favorite of bumblebees. Researchers hypothesize that antibacterial and antifungal compounds produced by the plant could have some gain for bees’ well being. Creeping thyme is advised by the University of Minnesota in establishing a bee-friendly lawn for the reason that of its very low, sprawling practice and prolific flowering. 

Trendy trellises are an great way to create a vertical house and these new gardeners will be interested in generating an outdoor area. From developing vines like red cardinal bouquets (Ipomoea sloteri) and orange black eyed Susan vines (Thunbergia alata) to producing purple and environmentally friendly sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas) towers out of handmade tomato trellises. 

Allsup is the College of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.