Top Five Landscape Trends of 2018

A great article on the top five landscape trends of 2018 from the NALP. Check out this article and then you’ll notice that The Plantium can help you with ALL FIVE TRENDS! Awesome!

http://www.greenindustrypros.com/news/12393671/experiential-and-eco-friendly-the-top-five-landscape-trends-of-2018

1. Experiential Landscape Design

With the plant filter criteria in The Plantium, designers can now find specific themes for garden and planting spaces that trigger and enhance the user experience. Would you like to design an entirely scented garden along the office campus footpath? Or create a bird and bee sanctuary outside a client’s kitchen window? With The Plantium, intricate plant criteria can be considered side-by-side with fundamental environmental criteria to design gardens and plantings with greater meaning and experience than ever before. You can even make sure you’ll find those plants at area wholesale nurseries.

2. Climate-Cognizant Landscaping

The Plantium’s vision statement is ‘Changing the way the world sees plants’. When we think about changing climates and resilient landscapes understanding plants, their environments, prioritizing their uses, capturing data regarding the success and failures of plants in the cultivated landscape, and gathering data regarding plant availability are just a few crucial pieces in the web of designing and procuring plants that are good choices for each unique climate. Data gathered by The Plantium allows growers and plant propagators to better understand what plants are being specified in what areas of the country and even what criteria are important to landscape professionals.

3. An Emphasis on Water Management and Conservation

No matter where you are in the country, the word drought has entered the conversation at one point or another. Water, both quality and quantity, is our most precious resource at the greatest risk as we cope with a changing climate. As landscape professionals we are charged with taking a HUGE leadership role in the stewardship of this resource. Educating ourselves on beautifully executed xeric designs, educating our clients on what xeric landscapes really are, and educating growers on the plants we need to accomplish superb water-wise landscapes are important aspects of this landscape trend. Tools like The Plantium that can combine great aesthetic plant choices with water-wise considerations will be critical to the forward progress of this trend.

4. Enhanced Equipment and Technology

Why yes, landscape professionals are DEFINITELY integrating more technology (like THE PLANTIUM!) into their businesses and work. Software like The Plantium has the ability to capture and disseminate data regarding the best plant choices for different climates, assisting growers and wholesalers make good choices in the plants they introduce and grow each year. It helps landscape professionals educate their clients regarding their plant choices. Like many technological tools, it also simply helps professionals do what they do, FASTER. Find plants, organize planting projects, and evaluate designs in the blink of an eye. There’s a reason why 85% of the professionals that view a demo of our software buy it!

5. Plants in Playful Colors and Patterns

How do you best integrate year round whimsy and color into the garden? How do you purposefully combine the ultra-violets that are the trend for 2018 with fantastic complementing colors and playful leaf interest? How do you keep track of these all these aesthetic characteristics and not lose site of the other environmental aspects of the garden? The Plantium. That’s how.

Thanks for the great article NALP. https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/

Plantium Search Results

 

Sourcing Plants – New Plant Availability Feature (beta)

Sourcing plants is about to be easier than ever!

UPDATED 5/1/17

Just choose your state and see all of The Plantium’s participating nurseries. Don’t see your favorite nursery? Just complete the form and get their information on our site as soon as possible! You can now also export existing plant lists as a spreadsheet, including availability.

Colorado Nurseries

Plant availability is live on The Plantium. Do you want to sign up a nursery that you frequently go to for plant material? Send them this link. Fill out the quick easy form and we can list that nursery’s stock for FREE! ENJOY!

For Nurseries

Plant Availability (beta) is LIVE! Sourcing plants can be the most disheartening part of planting design.  As a landscape architect I cannot think of anything more frustrating than spending hours choosing just the right plants for a project only to have my contractor or nursery supplier come back and tell me they cannot find half of what I specified. It drives me crazy!

That is why we are so excited to launch the new Plantium availability feature (beta) in Colorado, Utah and beyond. Landscape professionals in these states will soon be able to search for great plants, make lists, evaluate their designs AND locate those plants at nearby nurseries. While only in beta version right now, we are thrilled to make finding plants just a little bit easier. This plant availability feature will be live in the coming weeks. Start your free one month trial now, and take advantage of your free web training session so you can be ready to take full advantage of this new time saver as soon as it hits the primetime!

Thanks and Happy Plant Hunting!

By Heather Henry, President and CEO of The Plantium