Hello, again!

It's been awhile since we've closed out a decade. Ten years, of course! So with 2019 coming to an end, we look forward to, not only a new year, but a new decade as well. Every year around this time, we are inundated with "Top" lists of the year. It seems like there's a list for everything, and quite frankly, it's exhausting to keep up with!

Instead of sharing any of those lists with you, I decided I would look into my crystal ball, or gazing globe, and would share what I see trending this year when it comes to your garden and landscape.

Blue blooms - With plants like hydrangeas, pansies, hibiscus and new perennial types, we are seeing many more true blue flowers available in the landscape. Adding these to your landscape could be fun!

Easy landscape maintenance - While we still enjoy the satisfaction of maintaining our own landscapes, we see people looking for solutions like adding native and drought tolerant plants to landscapes. They are easy to maintain so time spent enjoying the space is the real treasure.

Landscaping while keeping wildlife in mind - Water features for birds and planting for food and shelter for birds, insects and wildlife alike create an enjoyable experience for us as we watch the creatures in their natural setting.

Ecologically friendly landscapes - There are so many safe and effective options for fertilizing, weed and pest control, etc., that this year it's easier than ever to be eco-friendly!

Outdoor living spaces - Trending over the past several years, outdoor living spaces continue to give us space in our own outdoors that we can enjoy for a nice, relaxing afternoon or almost anytime with our favorite people!

Food gardens as landscape features - Many of our food plants have an ornamental value just as much as non-edible plants, plus they taste great! Consider adding one or two to your landscape this year.

We’re all consumers and are given 24 hours each day to manage. It's amazing to look back and see how shopping has changed over the past decade. Online shopping has literally changed our lives. Order online with the click of a button and have the item at our front door the next day. While I've found myself purchasing items online, there are some things in which I still find the value of the senses - touching, feeling and experiencing when shopping.

But our website is a great place, too. If you're looking for gardening tips or to place a quick order - say, for your 2020 Lawn Care Program - keep visiting Johnsonsgarden.com. No matter your preference, in store or online, we strive to provide you with an excellent experience when you come to Johnson's, and hope you'll continue being a valued guest in our stores!

Your friend in the garden,
Marty Johnson Owner - Johnson's Garden Center