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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
Find your Plant Hardiness Zone here.

2011 Garden Trends — Are You a Trendsetter?

Most gardeners I know don't pay a lot of attention to trends. They know what they like and won't rush out to buy a plant or gadget just because some so-called expert raves about it. Still, it can be amusing to have a look at what's hot, and what's not.

Lord Baltimore Hibiscus

This honeysuckle-colored flower is Lord Baltimore Hibiscus.

For example, did you know that the 2011 color of the year is honeysuckle? The first question that comes to my mind is, which type? — orange-flowered Mandarin Honeysuckle, yellow-flowered common honeysuckle, white-flowered Japanese honeysuckle? None of the above, as it turns out. According to color experts Pantone, honeysuckle is a bright reddish pink, "a brave new color, for a brave new world."

Here are a few other trends to watch out for — and if you've already been incorporating them into your gardening life, consider yourself a trendsetter!

Going Green
We gardeners have always known that green is in, but now about eight out of ten people surveyed say that they are incorporating "green" (as in eco-friendly) into their lifestyle.

Of course all of our plants are "green," but here are a few other products we carry.

This might include using native plants, reducing pesticide and water usage, planting rain gardens to absorb water and reduce runoff — techniques that support a healthy planet. And on our new site you can refine your search results by attribute, such as "will tolerate drought/dry soil" and "will tolerate moist/wet soil."

The American "Brand"
There's a resurgence of interest in American-made products and American-owned companies; consumers are expecting honesty and demanding value over glitz.

We're gardeners, too!

Our Company is made up of real gardeners, with real-world growing experience. We're here to do more than just sell you products; we're also here to share the rewards and joys of gardening, and to be your go-to garden resource. We strive to give you the best value for your money, and we continue to update our product selections and website based on feedback from our customers.

Oh, and I'd be shirking my duty if I didn't inform you that turquoise, the 2010 Color of The Year, is... well, it's just "so last year."

2 thoughts on “2011 Garden Trends — Are You a Trendsetter?”

  • Dottie Jones

    Could you show flowers that are turquoise? Don't think i have saw that color.
    Thank you,

    • Suzanne DeJohn

      Turquoise is a rare color in the flower world. Some hydrangeas have blue flowers that have a turquoise hue, such as 'All Summer Beauty' ( The flower that comes closest to turquoise -- at least that I've seen -- is Himalayan blue poppy, which is a turquoise-sky-blue. We don't sell this plant, however -- it's quite fussy and challenging to grow. You can see a photo here:

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