Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Great landscape ideas. The Hicks Garden Show in Review

I love Garden Shows! I always leave bubbling over with more ideas than my little garden can possibly hold. This year’s show at Hicks Nursery in Westbury, NY was no exception. As usual, the displays ranged from the conventional to the slightly wacky.

One of the most unique, was a tropical Polynesian rainforest. Bromeliad, Yucca and Elephant ears and flowers in warm colors mimic those found in more tropical climes. The garden sculptures reminiscent of Easter Island completed the fanciful setting. Wouldn’t you just love your patio to feel like a honeymoon in Hawaii?

If a good ‘ole shot of Americana is more your style, the red, white and blue selections around this front porch was just the ticket. Geraniums, blue delphiniums and white petunias and azaleas abound.

There are always great examples of water features and this year was no exception. A pea-stone lined Koi pond with water papyrus was surrounded by numerous shade loving favorites like hosta, coleus and petunias while spiria and marigolds lent more texture and color to this surprisingly easy to maintain landscape.

For those who love to grow their own vegetables there was a creative twist this year. This isn’t your grandma’s Victory Garden. The eggplants, cucumbers and tomatoes were worked into a bed along with other flowering plants like marigolds and geraniums. The result was a pretty bed that you could even put in the front yard. There were many ideas for growing herbs in small spaces too.

No matter what your taste or landscape, the Hicks Garden show is like getting a free consultation with some of the best landscape designers in town. I am already looking forward to next year!

Photo credits: Brandie Shaw


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