A new inspiring way of looking at your garden is following the Japanese art practice of Wabi-Sabi since the 15th century. Take a step back and look at the beauty of your garden’s natural imperfections.
The key is to “balance nature and nurture.” Meaning choosing plants that will change over time with the seasons. Moss-covered stones, rusty iron gates and overgrown perennials make this new trend. Basically, a hands off approach to gardening. Some might wonder if the look is pleasing. It’s catching on among gardeners who have the appreciation for changes in natural landscapes.
Accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death.
2. Grow Your Own
One of the fastest growing lifestyles is going vegan. The plant based diet has grown by more than 300 percent over the past decade. Restaurants are increasingly adding more vegan food to their menus to accommodate.
You can start small with a window box or small patch of your garden to try it out. Some suggestions that are easily grown are spinach, broccoli,and peas.
Edible planting is on the rise.
3. Alfresco Dining
Enjoy your outdoor space by adding a nice seating area for meals. Outdoor entertaining is always huge so why not add a nice dining area with comfy furniture and solar lighting. Solar lighting is a great addition especially for us out here in Arizona where we see sun 365 days out of the year.
Spring and Winter is the ideal time for Arizonians to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
4. Tropical Plants
The climate in Arizona is nearly perfect for tropical plants besides the lack of rainfall. Temperatures are warm for most of the year even the winters sees many sunny days. Some tropical plants that you can plants are Birds of Paradise, Citrus and Orchids.
Birds of Paradise has beautiful, exotic blossoms that look like a bird. The bush can grow to 5 to 6 feet tall with colors of orange, blue and yellow.
Citrus is the best known fruit in Arizona and is considered tropical because it won’t tolerate temperatures below freezing.
Orchids you can grow on your shaded patio. They do not grow in soil but in a bark mixture. There are many varieties with different shapes and colors.