All Posts   Posted:   March 23, 2016 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education

Most gardeners have a variety of reasons they might list for buying and caring for various plants; the primary and most obvious being their aesthetic look and natural beauty. Once we invest our time, finances and energy in the pursuit of gardening or landscaping it is worthwhile to also realize that many of the plants we use – in fact the landscape as a whole, works to serve a greater purpose.

Intermingling edibles with ornamental plants allows us to enjoy fresh, home-grown produce without dedicating an entire area to an ‘edible garden’. Blueberries, artichokes and eggplant are 3 examples of edible plants that add beauty, color and drama to the landscape while providing food for your family too. It doesn’t get more fresh or local than your own yard!
The use of Pacific Northwest native plants can be a great way to create habitats that help support native bird and wildlife populations in our urban settings while also provide essential pollen and nectar to our wild bees, butterflies & beneficial insects.
Be smart about your water usage both for conservation reasons and to decrease your summer water bills by planting drought tolerant/water-wise plants. Although new plantings will still need regular watering until they are considered established, this group of tough, low-maintenance plants will only need occasional summer watering during the driest months when planted in the ground.
Want to do ‘your part’ to help out our struggling pollinator numbers while also boosting your harvest from edible plants? Select a diversity of flowers that provide pollen & nectar over a long period of time or even better have something blooming during all times of the year. In addition to the many perennials and shrubs that attract bees & pollinators most herb and vegetable flowers are great for this purpose.
Fresh bouquets of flowers add fragrance, class and beauty to homes & offices but can be an expensive habit if purchased regularly. Many perennials and shrubs offer great cut flowers and foliage to create a beautiful arrangement from your own yard and add instant cheer to any room in the house or you’re your flowers into a mason jar and wrap with twine or a cute ribbon to make a great instant hostess gift.

In addition to the above qualities you may also find that plants can create privacy by screening off neighbors or an unsightly view, soil stabilization/erosion control can be effectively achieved though thoughtful landscape plant selection, rain garden plants are being used to assist in storm water collection and purification and more. Research is being done currently to study plants’ (and fungi) ability to detoxify soils that have been polluted with various toxins including heavy metals, petroleum products and nuclear waste in a technique known as ‘bioremediation’.

If you would like to add some of these purposeful plants to your garden stop by and check out our new 'plants with a purpose' themed tables in our perennial and edible sections. We have perennial areas dedicated to attracting bees & polinators, great for hummingbirds & butterflies, a selection dedicated to plants for cut flowers and a group of plants known for their drought tolerance. Next time you look at your garden or landscape consider the many purposes the plants are serving and be grateful we live amongst such beautiful, useful creatures!

Most gardeners have a variety of reasons they might list for buying and caring for various plants; the primary and most obvious being their aesthetic look and natural beauty. Once we invest our time, finances and energy in the pursuit of gardening or landscaping it is worthwhile to also realize that many of the plants we use – in fact the landscape as a whole, works to serve a greater purpose.

Intermingling edibles with ornamental plants allows us to enjoy fresh, home-grown produce without dedicating an entire area to an ‘edible garden’. Blueberries, artichokes and eggplant are 3 examples of edible plants that add beauty, color and drama to the landscape while providing food for your family too. It doesn’t get more fresh or local than your own yard!
The use of Pacific Northwest native plants can be a great way to create habitats that help support native bird and wildlife populations in our urban settings while also provide essential pollen and nectar to our wild bees, butterflies & beneficial insects.
Be smart about your water usage both for conservation reasons and to decrease your summer water bills by planting drought tolerant/water-wise plants. Although new plantings will still need regular watering until they are considered established, this group of tough, low-maintenance plants will only need occasional summer watering during the driest months when planted in the ground.
Want to do ‘your part’ to help out our struggling pollinator numbers while also boosting your harvest from edible plants? Select a diversity of flowers that provide pollen & nectar over a long period of time or even better have something blooming during all times of the year. In addition to the many perennials and shrubs that attract bees & pollinators most herb and vegetable flowers are great for this purpose.
Fresh bouquets of flowers add fragrance, class and beauty to homes & offices but can be an expensive habit if purchased regularly. Many perennials and shrubs offer great cut flowers and foliage to create a beautiful arrangement from your own yard and add instant cheer to any room in the house or you’re your flowers into a mason jar and wrap with twine or a cute ribbon to make a great instant hostess gift.

In addition to the above qualities you may also find that plants can create privacy by screening off neighbors or an unsightly view, soil stabilization/erosion control can be effectively achieved though thoughtful landscape plant selection, rain garden plants are being used to assist in storm water collection and purification and more. Research is being done currently to study plants’ (and fungi) ability to detoxify soils that have been polluted with various toxins including heavy metals, petroleum products and nuclear waste in a technique known as ‘bioremediation’.

If you would like to add some of these purposeful plants to your garden stop by and check out our new 'plants with a purpose' themed tables in our perennial and edible sections. We have perennial areas dedicated to attracting bees & polinators, great for hummingbirds & butterflies, a selection dedicated to plants for cut flowers and a group of plants known for their drought tolerance. Next time you look at your garden or landscape consider the many purposes the plants are serving and be grateful we live amongst such beautiful, useful creatures!