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New England Grows Landscape Trends 2015

I embarked on my annual trip to New England Grows in Boston yesterday and got to see all the new landscape trends in plants, hardscapes and anything else landscape for 2015.  It was so invigorating and uplifting to be amongst living, breathing plants and flowers for a few hours anyway given all the snow of late.  Even though there weren’t as many pretty flower displays as I’ve seen in the past, I was able to capture a few beauties that I will share below.  So, some of the highlights that I took away from the show are:

1.  “Bloomstruck”- Endless Summer Hydrangea.  I posted about this new variety last week but actually got to see it up close and personal.  What a beauty!  Has more of a purple hue if you will.  But, did share both the blue and pink values of the original Endless Summer hydrangea.


Bloomstruck Hydrangea

2.  “Jelly Bean”- Dwarf blueberry bush.  This little blueberry wonder is prolific – producing plentiful large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall.  This beauty only grows 1-2 ‘tall.

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Jelly Bean

3.  “Peach Sorbet”- A 4 season compact Blueberry Bush.  A four-season showstopper, this compact blueberry is stunning with leaves ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald green. Spring’s white, bell-shaped flowers will give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, sweet blueberries mid-summer. In most climates, Peach Sorbet keeps her leaves through the winter when the foliage transitions to a rich eggplant purple.  Love that you get four seasons and so many different colors with this plant!

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Peach Sorbet

4.  “Raspberry Shortcake”- Dwarf Raspberry Bush perfect for containers.  This revolutionary, thornless raspberry is a little dwarf of a raspberry with an endearing compact growth habit that thrives in patio pots or in your landscape. This raspberry produces full-size, nutritious and super sweet raspberries mid-summer.

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Rasberry Shortcake

How about those beautiful shrubs to start your sustainable landscape?  How great are these shrubs to provide beauty in our landscape but to also feed us!  If you want to learn more about these beauties click on the link here:

4.  Another flower that caught my eye was this beautiful new variety of Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon!

Rose of Sharon Cmp

5.  Can’t wait to see this beautiful containers at our local garden centers this spring/summer.

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6.  Of course I had to get a photo of one of my all time favorites the “Doube Knockout Rose”.

Double Knockout Rose

As far as the hardscape side goes the biggest trend that I see in new design is “the natural wood look” made out of stone.  Last year I saw a few companies come out with “wood looking” pavers going along with the trend that you see going on inside the home right now.  Walk into any flooring store these days and you will see “stone” tile made to look like wood planking.  The hardscape companies are following suit outside.

Techo-Bloc also came out with “wood planking” walls this year as well.  Here are a few photos of these new products.  They really have done a great job at mimicking real wood.  You have to touch it to make sure it’s not real wood!

Timber Pavers Timber Wall-TB

“Pourous Pave”- is one last innovation that is a fairly new innovation that I want to mention.  I am also proud to announce that we will be a certified installer for “Porous Pave” after March 3rd of this year.  This new paving product can be used for walkways, patios, driveway for permeable pavement applications and the list goes on.  To give you a little overview read below if you want more details click here:

porous pave

Porous Pave is a revolutionary paving product made from recycled tires, aggregate and urethane binder.

Some of the benefits of this product are:

  • Highly permeable – allows large amounts of rainwater to pass through into the ground while providing a hard surface
  • Flexible – 50% rubber content allows Porous Pave to remain flexible which eliminates cracking, especially in freezing climate freeze/thaw
  • Durable – Porous Pave can be used in parking lots, driveways and other high use applications.  Also resistant to snow plow damage!
  • Super strong – installed at 2″ thick Porous Pave can handle low speed vehicle traffic, installed at 1-1/2″ thick for pathways, patios, trails and other pedestrian applications.  Use at 1″ thick to over-pour existing concrete/asphalt areas.

If you’d like anymore information on new products and new design ideas for 2015, please feel free to contact me anytime at or 508-822-3030.


Landscaping Shows
March 19, 2014

Landscape Design Winner from Home and Garden Show 2014

Spring Flowers

Exciting landscape design news to share!  We had another great day meeting new friends and clients at the annual Home and Garden Show in Fall River this past weekend.  It was so nice to see so many people enthusiastic and excited to get their spring projects underway.

Our giveaway this year was a FREE Photo Image Landscape Design and I am happy to announce that Celia Giotis is our lucky winner!!  Congratulations Celia.

In case you haven’t heard the official kickoff to spring is in 2 days!!!  I can’t think of a year when I’ve been more excited to say good-bye to Winter!!!



Creating Backyard Living Spaces and Exhibiting @ Bristol County, MA Home and Garden Show 2013

Brussels firepit and seat wall

Come visit us Saturday March 16th @ Diman High School in Fall River for the 3rd annual Bristol County Home and Garden Show.  Also, come and spend some time with me at 2pm for my landscape presentation on the latest trends and tips on creating beautiful backyard/outdoor living spaces.  Even on a budget!

Please see the link here for further details on the show and my quotes in the Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette.

Landscaping Shows
March 16, 2012

Landscaping Seminar on Curb Appeal and Outdoor Living Trends

Come see me on March 17th @ 3pm at the Home and Garden Show located at Diman High School in Fall River for my landscaping seminar based on how to increase your curb appeal with landscaping.  Further Description below.  Click link below for more information as well.

How to transform your home’s landscaping into something you love, with bonus  outdoor living trends by Decorative Landscapes. Do you love what you see every  time you drive up to or pass by your home? Your yard is the first impression  people have of you and your home. If you paused or answered no to the previous  question, come and learn about some simple tips along with more elaborate ways  to enhance your curb appeal. As an added bonus, you will get some of the latest  trends in “Outdoor Living” areas for your backyard.
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I will be posting presentation information on my blog following the seminar.  Stay tuned for some great tips!