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.
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.
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!
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.
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: http://www.brazelberries.com/
4. Another flower that caught my eye was this beautiful new variety of Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon!
5. Can’t wait to see this beautiful containers at our local garden centers this spring/summer.
6. Of course I had to get a photo of one of my all time favorites the “Doube 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!
“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: http://www.porouspaveinc.com/
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 email@example.com or 508-822-3030.