Cabin Fever Cures: Gardening Trends 2008

March 11, 2008 5:30:47 AM PDT
Clear away the winter blahs with spring flowers!Jennifer Brennan, gardening expert with Chalet Nursery in Wilmette, outlines this year's hottest garden trends.

Flowering Houseplants

  • African Violets Cape Primrose, Streptocarpus

  • Hydrangeas

  • Blue Lace Cap types and Pink macrophylla types

    Gardening Trends in 2008

    1. Succulents

    Save water by planting drought resistant plants. Succulents store water in their leaves.

    These hardy types will survive outside in our gardens as well as tender types that can spend winters indoors with minimal water, even as little as once a month.

    2. Garden with Native Perennials

    Using plant communities to create an ecosystem that is self-sustaining by using Native Perennials developed by Roy Diblik of Northwinds Perennials. These perennials can be seen in the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.

    Featured Plants: Alium Summer Beatuy & Sporobolus Tara and Lurie Garden with Lythrum Alatum, Liatris Spicata & Echinacea

    3. Organic based fertilizers Using less chemicals or chemical based products for plant nutrition and disease control

    Organic based fertilizers with beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae fungi:

  • Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus $10.99/ 4 lb bag
  • PHC (Plant Health Care) $4.99/ 3oz/ 1inch trunk or 1 foot rootball
  • CPR (Correct Planting Routine) $4.30/ 1lb bag
  • Bradfield Luscious Lawn & Garden fertilizer $29.99/40# (no manure content, alfalfa based 3-1-5)
  • Messenger Harpin Protein (a great natural "secret weapon") Boosts overall growth and production, Improves plant stamina & vigor, and strengthens a plant's resistance to diseases.
    $27.00 / 9 x 0.12oz packets makes 9 gallons produced by Eden Bioscience

    Easy seed starting, good for indoors with children

    Greenhouse kits, containing Burpee's Super Growing Pellets, just add water to expand, no mess (Burpee Seed Starting 36-cell/ $12.99 or 72-cell/ $29.99)

    Biodegradable containers

    Eco-Source Pots (made from rice hulls or coir)

    Decomposes quickly in landfills or compost

    Formulated to be durable and beautiful for 5 years inside or outside 5 different earth-tone colors from natural starches & pigments,

    Priced from $ 3.99 to $18.99

    Chalet Nursuery
    3132 Lake Ave

    Wilmette, IL 60091

    (847) 256-0561