Chinese Dollars Plant (Pilea peperomioides), Black Raven ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), variegated monsteras (Monstera deliciosa), string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii), rubber trees (Ficus elastica) in every single dimension and color— so numerous succulent types they pretty much didn’t appear like actual plants — and my private favored, jungle cacti have inundated my Instagram account. 

Ecosystem welcoming lawns may well grow to be a detail. In accordance to a current NGB study, 67% of respondents 35 and beneath shared that, though they want some eco-friendly garden, they also want the rest of their garden planted with a extensive wide range of other vegetation. 

Gardeners are warming up to the idea that the garden could feed bees and other pollinators. University of Minnesota’s bee garden plan recommends planting seed like clover, self-mend (Prunella vulgaris) and creeping thyme. Thyme’s little, lipped bouquets appeal to bees and butterflies. It is a preferred of bumblebees. Scientists hypothesize that antibacterial and antifungal compounds created by the plant could have some advantage for bees’ wellness. Creeping thyme is advisable by the University of Minnesota in developing a bee-friendly garden for the reason that of its small, sprawling practice and prolific flowering. 

Stylish trellises are an excellent way to make a vertical area and these new gardeners will be interested in developing an outdoor place. From rising vines like pink cardinal flowers (Ipomoea sloteri) and orange black eyed Susan vines (Thunbergia alata) to building purple and green sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas) towers out of homemade tomato trellises. 

Allsup is the College of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.