2010 Idea Home: Smart Ideas for Eco-Friendly Decorating
Idea Home: In addition to having a green roof garden, the Smart Home gardens contain eco-friendly features such as:
— Native plants: Proven Winner plants adapted to our climate that require little upkeep
— Water control: Permeable pavers, rain gardens and bioswales (shallow depressions in the ground) to ease water run-off; self-watering planters with reservoirs from Lechuza to help control water usage
— Rain gathering: Barrels to collect rainwater to irrigate plants
— Composting: An area to compost kitchen and yard waste
— Outdoor furniture: Pieces made from recyclable resin wicker and wood grown on managed plantations
— Maximizing space: Getting more green in a small space by using trellises, caged and staked tomatoes, container gardens, raised beds and vertical planters.
Your home: Whether choosing a plant or planning an entire garden, think about how your choices will affect care, water, fertilizer and yield (flowers or produce). Plants that require a minimum of care have a long-lasting positive effect on the environment.