Written by: Jessi Bloom

At Sawyer Realty, we are big fans of plants…even if we struggle to keep them alive at times. Healthy landscaping  can make for impressive curb appeal outside and well-placed house plants are great for decorating and staging inside. We talked to the experts as Homewood Nursery and Garden Center in Raleigh. Homewood offers a great selection of affordable plants for indoor and outdoor: annuals, perennials, gifts, supplies, and more. As we chatted with the helpful staff to learn all about this year’s plant trends, they helped us identify the perfect plant, pot it, and load it into the car, even covering the trunk with plastic. (Extra points for the fabulous customer service).

So, before I go on….check out this gorgeous money plant. You can win this beauty by sharing this article on your Facebook Page and tagging us. We will choose a new home for this gorgeous money tree plant on August 17. Did you miss the giveaway??? I am sorry, but follow our Facebook page here so you don’t miss the next chance to win.

What are the trends you are seeing in landscaping this year?
Current trends for the end of summer include pollinator attractors like Zinnias, Black-Eyed susans, lantana, butterfly bush, milkweed, sunflowers, and salvia. Shade-loving trend setters include begonias and caladiums. For border grasses, my Homewood Nursery guide suggested mondo and liriope. 

What do you expect to be flying off the shelves for fall?  
Pansies, mums, and lavender are great starts for fall. There is a special brand of lavender called Phenomenal Lavender, which is specifically bred to suit our local 7b hardiness zone. It is a beautiful silver grass-like plant when it’s not blooming, and it still has that intoxicating lavender smell when not in bloom. It bursts out with glorious violet flowers in early sum

What do you recommend folks consider when planting for curb appeal?  
Consider the scene from every angle; from which direction will the landscape be seen? Use the predicted growth height of the plant to your advantage and stagger the plants to accommodate seeing them from tallest to shortest. Remember to look at the sunlight and watering needs of the plants themselves and take care to keep them healthy. Yellow leaves can mean over or under watering. Observe the plant to know its condition and design a care plan.

The deals and healthy plants are so abundant at Homewood Garden & Nursery Center that we couldn’t help but bring half the nursery home. We chose two Boston Ferns for the front porch, a large Dracaena for the entryway, and a Money Tree to share with you! Visit the Sawyer Realty Facebook page to win this little darling for yourself.  Like our page and share this article.


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