Gardening gurus know that despite the frozen ground winter is one of the busiest seasons for landscaping. January through March, designers are laying the groundwork for spring by ordering products with businesses such as Sakstrup Associates, which specializes in lawn and garden architectural ornaments. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption=""The Wilshire Collection" (photo credit: Tournesol Siteworks)"][/caption] MSP Home spoke with Dennis Sakstrup of Sakstup Associates last week to catch up on all the latest gardening trends. We learned that sometimes the biggest trend isn't necessarily the newest idea, but an old one people have caught on to. Seasonal Planting. "The biggest trend right now is not a new phenomenon. But people have finally resigned themselves to the fact that you need products that will perform in the winter architecture."
With six plus months of ice and snow, it can be hard to imagine any landscape other than white mounds, but Sakstrup's clients design landscapes for homeowners who want all four seasons, which means investing in products designed exclusively for the harsh climate."People don't want to store or cover up products, they want products that perform all year-round. If they have a fountain with three bowls, they want to be able to look over and see them snow-filled, not covered with a blue tarp. They need planters that give them that flexibility." And who better to know the innate winters than a Minnesotan? Turns out, one of Sakstrup's favorite companies to work with is based in California but has roots in Eden Prairie. Tournesol Siteworks was founded by a Minnesota-native who, Skastrup told us, had the goal of making lawn ornaments that would work in our winters. (tournesolsiteworks.com) [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=""The Craftsman Collection" (photo credit: Tournesol Siteworks)"][/caption] Bronze Container Gardening. In addition to performance, Skastrup has noticed a real shift towards container gardening rather than flower-bed style landscaping. "Scale is so important. We are building bigger houses and we need things that fit in." What's the hottest color of the season? Bronze. "With a terra cotta or antique gold container, you're limited. But now there's a big emphasis on bronze and darker colors because they fit in with the dark entery ways and you can use any type of plant with them."