Trending Tending: What’s Hot in Gardens and Landscapes this Spring?

If you’ve been waiting all winter to get back into the garden, then you’ve come to the right place. As you start planning out your plantscapes and what to place in your garden, it’s always good to know what’s hot for the season. Let’s take a look at what’s trending with tending your garden and landscaping for the spring 2017 season.

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Total Landscape Care says to be on the lookout for a few hot trends this season, first of which is sustainability. It’s not exactly a design feature, but sustainably sourced, ecological plants will be gracing the gardens and landscape selections of plenty of homes this season, with a particular emphasis on creating diversity and saving the bees. Expect to see lots of wildflowers that are native to the area as well as more use of natural materials like local crushed stone in place of mulched areas or tree stumps in place of fireside seating.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate these trends into your own garden. When selecting shrubs, be sure to check out the USDA/NRCS PLANTS database information linked at the bottom of each product page to see the maps of native planting areas. You should also consider planting more flowering shrubs like wisteria that can produce more pollen to help sustain and grow local bee populations.


Along the same lines as sustainability is the next trend: veggie gardens. If you’re interested in herbal medicine – like growing aloe plants, instead of buying that fake green stuff at the drug store – or love a good old backyard tomato, then you might be interested in this trend. Expect to see gardens full of useful items, like fruits and veggies, and plants like aloe, parsley, mint and more that have dual purposes as both an attractive garden species and a benefit in the home.

Witch-hazel, for example, is known to have many medicinal properties. Read more about the many ways to use witch-hazel around the home on Wellness Mama.


Country Living says we’ll be seeing bright and bold colors livening up gardens and landscapes in 2017. Beyond just the colorful plant life, there will also be a push for garden designs that incorporate natural items like rocks, boulders and overgrown hedges. Think lilac, elderberry and indigo blended with flowers like tulips, daisies and roses.

Cold Stream Farm has you covered this spring with shrubs, ferns, vines and much more to make your property look its best. We also carry planting supplies to help make your gardening and landscaping a breeze. Place an order online now, or give us a call today at 231-464-5809 to learn more.