Photo courtesy of Heather Pollock Image by: Photo courtesy of Heather Pollock
We grilled the host of HGTV's Critical Listing on exactly what it takes for an outdoor space to earn his seal of approval.
Brett Walther: What's the biggest mistake we make in our backyards?
Carson Arthur: "Planting flowerbeds. These are a liability when it comes to a home's resale value, because as soon as prospective buyers step into the yard, all they can see is a lot of hard work and maintenance."
BW: What's the alternative?
CA: "I'm encouraging my clients to go smaller on the lawn and beds and bigger on the patio, to use that extra space on the patio to grow plants in containers."
BW: What's the biggest trend in container gardening right now?
CA: "Pairing colourful containers with green plants. For example, you might have a bright red container and fill it with a lush, full Boston fern. You're not relying on blooms to give you that shot of colour—it comes from the container itself."
BW: Many of your landscape designs forego grass altogether. Why is that?
CA: "We have a water shortage in Canada, which is scary considering that we have so much of the world's available fresh water within our borders. I'm trying to move people away from water-consuming products, like grass. Plus, what do you use grass for? If there aren't kids playing on it, a lawn doesn't really have a purpose."
Update your backyard with this pretty potted planter.
|This story was originally titled "Five Minutes With Carson Arthur, Outdoor Expert" in the July 2014 issue.
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