Curb appeal trends in Tallahassee reflect homeowners’ growing interest in “green” living. According to Anna Dickey, landscape designer with Esposito’s Garden Center, homeowners are often choosing low-maintenance, colorful plants when making their design choices. Examples include the newer, “sterile” form nandina varieties, available in blush pink and lemon-lime colors; trees that provide shade for homes and help reduce cooling costs, such as native Red maple, Trident maple and Southern magnolia; and shrubs including 18 – 24-inch, hybridized drift roses, which produce heavy blooms but require much less water than other roses.
Additionally, Dickey notes that homeowners are making the leap to replace hardscape materials such as asphalt and concrete with permeable materials, including pervious pavers. Not only are these choices attractive, they also are environmentally beneficial, capturing and cleaning water runoff, and reducing irrigation demands.