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Published: Thursday, 7/10/2008

Is Your Garden in Style? Tips and trends for 2008

(ARA) - Each year, new gardening trends emerge, fueling more than 83 percent of American households to participate in lawn and garden activities, according to a recent survey by a leading gardening association.

Troy-Bilt, a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment, predicts that in 2007, gardens will continue to be viewed as an extension of the family room and grow in their role as an outdoor entertaining destination.

Following are tips to ensure your garden is the talk of the neighborhood this coming year.

Less is more.

Whether it's a rose garden on a rooftop patio or an herb garden in the kitchen, gardeners are transforming any available space into green wonderlands. And, they are finding that creating many small gardens provides them a unique opportunity to experiment.

Add a touch of flair.

Since gardens are intimate domains, many gardeners are individualizing their spaces with bird feeders, fountains, waterfalls, ponds, statues, globes -- even lights. But don't go overboard. Remember -- less is more.

Traditional container gardening is out.

For the past few years, container gardens, or potted plants that line stairways, walkways and pools, have been the craze. Although plants in pots are still popular, gardeners are beginning to mix and match colored pots with bunches of various plants and flowers for a drastic but simple backyard makeover.

Color is in.

The hottest garden accessory for 2007 is color. Hot hues add contrast to a space and can help hide dull outdoor furniture. Besides colorful plants, shrubs and flowers, try adding various shapes, colors and sizes of garden pots throughout the space for depth and dimension.

It's about you.

A garden is an intimate experience that should reflect your style. It's a form of self-expression that focuses on your individuality, creativity and confidence. Remember, a garden is an extension of your home and should mimic your tastes. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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