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Garden ideas for planting and maintenance that you can try around your home this season.

Top Garden Ideas For 2016

Try something new this garden season.

A new year brings fresh ideas for gardening come spring. Gardening has changed more than you may realize over the past few years. 2016 is your year to try something new, trendy and successful so you can take great pride in your backyard garden. It’s time to get out of your gardening rut and get fresh. Check out these updated garden ideas for planting and maintenance that you can try around your home this season.

Garden ideas for planting and maintenance that you can try around your home this season.

LAYOUT

It’s important to think about your layout first, maybe scratching it out on paper, then heading to your local gardening center. Your local gardening expert can further guide you to the right blooms that will match with your layout. Make sure the plants you select are region-appropriate and will flourish in your yard.

One important consideration is how much sun your yard gets as well as how much shade, and plan accordingly. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map indicates that Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma are around the 7a range, showing the average low temperature that plants will have to endure. Here is a helpful planting guide for zone 7 plants to show you when and how to best plant vegetables in your garden this spring.

VIBRANT COLORS

The trend for 2016 is leaning towards vibrant colors, bold contemporary designs, unique outdoor lighting and locally grown plants, according to DIY Home Design Ideas. More specifically, look for flower bed designs featuring exotic color combos with similar shades and don’t have as much contrast.

BACKYARD DESIGN

A big trend this year goes beyond the simple flower garden and encompasses the concept of outdoor living. Your backyard doesn’t have to be defined by distinct areas of plant groupings. Instead, think about the big picture and incorporate beautiful vibrant garden designs into one cohesive look, blending a stone pathway, patio area, pool and hot tub, outdoor kitchen, fire pits, natural rock formations and water features. The goal is to enjoy your backyard, both in function and beauty.

SOFTSCAPING THE EDGES

Your first instinct when planting around walkways, garden areas, and patios may be to take the hardscaping approach: edging those areas with linear brick, concrete and terra-cotta patterns. Go with a softer option this year and try plants as your edging. They’re not only cost effective, they give you year-round enjoyment when you pick just the right blend of foliage and flowers. Plus, these soft edges don’t have to be as meticulously groomed to stay looking great, as brick and concrete do. If you absolutely must have brick edging, then try to soften the look with something like creeping Jenny to lighten up the stark contrast of the brick paving.

MONOCHROMATIC MUSINGS

While vibrant colors are emerging onto the 2016 scene as the hot idea, another approach is also taking root: all-white or one-color flower beds. This is a sure way to add visual interest and a striking contrast to any landscape.

Of course, good drainage is essential to your yard and any surrounding bushes and plants. Trust LeafGuard of Oklahoma to provide you with seamless gutters that stand the test of time and promote the free flow of water through a durable one-piece construction. Happy gardening!