Design Ideas, Travertine Pavers

Top gardening trends to try in 2013

If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your garden this year, there are plenty of hot trends that have been sweeping the gardening world lately. And the best part is, you don’t have to have a green thumb to tackle some of these projects.

Whether you want more greenery, an outdoor living space or a DIY travertine installation project, you’ll find a little of everything in this year’s best gardening trends. Why not try a few of these ideas?

Tackle a hardscaping project
Hardscaping refers to the paved areas of backyards, like patios, pool areas and even garden stepping stones. With travertine pavers or travertine pool coping, you can handle any of these projects, and you’ll know they’ll come out looking gorgeous.

Outdoor living spaces with beautiful hardscaping details are popping up in backyards across the country this year, and many homeowners have used natural stone pavers to create lavish backyard patios, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and elaborate walkways through their gardens. The possibilities are endless!

Grow more edible plants
To save money, many gardeners these days are trying to incorporate more edible plants into their setups, reported Things Green. Not only can you save cash on groceries by doing this, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your produce came from and how it was grown. Plus, it’s a rewarding learning experience – especially for your kids, who can help you tend the plants!

Look for more fragrant flowers
According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, more homeowners are considering nice-smelling plants to be must-haves instead of just nice extras. Rather than choosing flowers based on their shapes or colors, look for blooms that offer pleasant scents for your garden.

To get the most out of the scented blossoms, plant them along your travertine walkways so guests can brush against them and release the fragrances as they walk past.

Cut down on your lawn space
Mowing the grass is a chore that many people hate doing, and if that sounds like you, it might be time to cut down on that lawn space. Better Homes and Gardens recommended choosing more flowers and plants as groundcovers instead of grass.

Of course, adding a patio and other hardscaping details with travertine pavers can also reduce the amount of grass you have to cut every week.

Reinvent and repurpose
Things Green noted that one trend many gardeners are embracing involves the repurposing of items in the garden. For example, instead of picking up another terra cotta pot at the gardening supply store, look around your home for containers that can serve the same purpose, like an old metal bucket, a watering can or even a tire!

Not only does this make your garden look unique and exciting, but it helps you recycle things throughout your home and avoid throwing them out when they can still serve as perfectly good gardening materials.

Just make sure that when you choose an unconventional container for your plants, you add a few holes in the bottom for drainage, otherwise you might put the health of your flora at risk.

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