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GARDENING

TRENDS

To keep your outdoor areas en vogue, follow these tips. • • • •

Consider Oklahoma’s mercurial climate when choosing new plants. Create an outdoor setting on your patio as inviting as your living room. Make a meadow in your back lawn. Brighten an evening with an outdoor lighting system to enhance your home and garden.

Those are the four major design trends to follow when embarking on your spring gardening journey. For starters, choose “Oklahoma proven” plants. These have been tested and shown to be hearty enough to survive the state’s unpredictable weather. Master gardeners suggest varieties of hellebores. Baby’s breath spirea is an old-fashioned Southern plant making a comeback in Oklahoma gardens … and hearty lantana is a must. Steve Owens, owner of Bustani Plant Farm in Stillwater, specializes in plants that thrive in Oklahoma. Bustani is also known for exotic plants, discovered by Owens on frequent trips to study in far-flung locales. He sees a growing interest in native plants, shrubs and trees, especially goldenrods and coneflowers. Owens suggests a new Marrakesh coleus plant, developed by an Oregon grower. Owens says it has unusual colors – reddish purple, apricot, tan – with unique scalloped leaves. Another new bedding plant is firefly cuphea, a vividly colored beauty. Bustani’s trademark is that Owens never sells a plant he hasn’t tested thoroughly to see if it will endure Oklahoma’s climate.

THE UNUSUAL COLORS AND SCALLOPED LEAVES OF THE MARRAKESH COLEUS MAKE IT A MUST-HAVE IN YOUR GARDEN.

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OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE | MARCH 2019

THE ‘GOLDEN FLEECE’ GOLDENROD DOES WELL IN THE OKLAHOMA CLIMATE.

PHOTOS COURTESY STEVE OWENS, BUSTANI PLANT FARM

THE BABY SWAN WHITE CONEFLOWER IS PERFECT FOR SPRING IN OKLAHOMA.

PURPLE CONEFLOWER IS NATIVE TO OKLAHOMA AND THRIVES IN THE MERCURIAL CLIMATE.

A LARGE CONEFLOWER – CALLED THE RUDBECKIA GRANDIFLORA – ATTRACTS BUTTERFLIES.

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