Ecoscaping Trend is Revolutionizing Landscaping

June 18, 2018

As revealed in the ASLA 2018 Residential Landscape Architectural Trends Survey, consumer demand for ecoscaping and sustainability continues to be a major force in ornamental landscaping.  Homeowners are looking to reduce their lawn areas and add native/adapted drought-tolerant plants to create low-maintenance landscapes. 

Water restrictions, tight schedules that leave no time for spraying for pests and diseases, and environmental concerns have all contributed to a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to the old-fashioned lawn and flower garden.

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Festival™ ‘Raspberry’ cordyline adds a nice contrast to Storm™ agapanthus

Low maintenance plants are a key component to ecoscaping

Low maintenance plants are a key component to ecoscaping

The new sustainable yard relies heavily on tough-yet-beautiful plants that need less care and are naturally able to resist disease without the need for loads of chemical sprays. These drought-tolerant and low-maintenance plants not only make gardening easier and less time consuming, but they also result in a more sustainable and natural-looking landscape.

 

This small garden filled with Flower Carpet roses, Volcano phlox, and Sedum Autumn Joy requires no chemicals to keep it thriving.

This small garden filled with Flower Carpet roses, Volcano phlox, and Sedum Autumn Joy requires no chemicals to keep it thriving.

As an added bonus, by applying ecoscaping practices you’re more apt to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators. For instance, butterfly-attracting Volcano phlox are extremely mildew tolerant and bloom extensively, even under tough conditions.

 

These new eco-friendly gardens are not limited to water-thrifty cacti or other desert plants. In most North American climates and growing conditions, there are many newer varieties of traditional landscape plants that are perfect for modern ecoscapes. For instance, Tesselaar’s easy-care, drought-tolerant Flower Carpet groundcover roses can be a great choice for low-maintenance, season-long color in flower beds or containers. Flower Carpet Amber and Flower Carpet Pink Supreme are among the six Flower Carpet rose varieties that have won the All Deutschland Rose Award (ADR), which honors outstanding roses that do not require spraying or any chemical support to thrive. Both have been bred to withstand higher heat and humidity as well.

 

Nan Sterman, author of “Hot Color, Dry Garden,” specifically recommends Flower Carpet roses for people who struggle to grow roses in a dry garden.  “Flower Carpet roses are among the most drought-tolerant roses, especially in coastal Mediterranean climates,” she said.

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Flower Carpet Pink Supreme with ornamental grasses and junipers in ecoscape project provides an easy-care landscape solution

Moving beyond the traditional sedums and echeveria, other easy-care plants that can add color and interest to any ecoscaping project include many varieties of daylilies, lantana, many juniper varieties, New Zealand flax, Beargrass, caryopteris, Festival™ cordyline, Scotch Broom, Storm™ agapanthus, ornamental grasses and Baptista (False Indigo).

Festival 'Raspberry' cordyline combined with a Pacific™ Coprosma make a colorful hedge.

Festival ‘Raspberry’ cordyline combined with a Pacific™ Coprosma make a colorful hedge.

 

The Storm™ series is the only variety of agapanthus to have survived the Dallas Arboretum’s plant “trials by fire” in intense heat, drought and humidity. And as a bonus, even when it’s bloom cycle has ended, Storm™ agapanthus continues to add interest to the landscape with it’s charming seed pods stems.

Storm's seedpods continue to add impact to the landscape.

Storm’s seedpods continue to add impact to the landscape.

Landscape professionals say the key to growing successful ecoscapes is placing the right plant in the right location. It’s important to match the water and sun needs of the plant with the growing conditions in the micro-climate of the garden. Properly prepared soil that contains natural nutrients and provides water drainage is also important. “The best sustainable and eco-friendly gardens are the ones that use low-maintenance plants that feel right at home where they are growing,” said Anthony Tesselaar, president of Tesselaar Plants.

There's no need for ecoscapes to be dull and boring!

There’s no need for ecoscapes to be dull and boring!

For more ideas on Ecoscaping and Firescaping, read ”Five Hot Ways to Beat the Heat in the Garden

 

Click here for downloadable images to accompany this story or contact JBrower@TesselaarUSA.com.

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