The term ‘rosette’ is commonly used to describe plants that grow leaves around a central growth point making a circle of layers, much the way petals unfold in a rose. Some plants that grow in a rosette look flower-like, others are less obvious. Succulents like aloes, aeoniums and agaves (Century plants) demonstrate the spiral form of growth clearly whereas the lettuce is a little harder to notice. Most plants that grow in a rosette form are neat-looking in the garden. They conform well to container growing and can be used to good effect in a formal or controlled landscape design.
This is one of the most popular buzz-words that is being used – maybe over used – in the garden and landscaping business. A sustainable landscape is one that takes minimal care and maintenance. It is built with eco-efficient materials that will last or will break down into elements that can be naturally recycled into the environment. Sustainable gardening can involve using native plants that require little extra care, permeable paving for efficient rain absorption, drip irrigation or other low-water irrigation systems, natural drainage techniques, recycling or repurposing, rain water storage, green walls and roofs and many more ways of building an outdoor landscape that functions harmoniously and efficiently with the surrounding ecology in a minimally disturbing and non-toxic way.
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