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Water feature from Alchemie Landscape Architecture.  Photo credit: AchemieWater feature from Alchemie Landscape Architecture. Photo from alchemy /.jpg

Something else that Matson says she has noticed over the past few months as the barter of seeds and plants is increasing, with people wanting to stay home and make their homes more interesting. Even on their shifts, she says, they swapped plants and got the kids in the building to plant vegetables.

Containers are perfect for this, says Matson, and when it comes to growing things, the bigger the container, the better – a tomato takes an 18 by 18 inch container to produce well.

When it comes to landscaping, people are just as drawn to water as they are to the earth, says Matson.

“Water elements have been huge, simple for the past ten to fifteen years. From the smallest recycling gurglers and bubblers to large water features, people love the naturalness and sound of water, ”she says.

Matson says she’s a huge fan of natural boulders made from river rock, like Pemberton basalt and driftwood.

“I find anything that represents a bit of nature and brings it personally into the garden, just calming and I enjoy it more than something that is made,” she says.

Something that people often don’t consider when installing water features is maintenance, Matson says, like cleaning the pump regularly so it doesn’t clog and if you have a pond and young children, consider fencing.

Connection with the earth through indoor plants.  Image credit: IkeaConnection with the earth through indoor plants. Photo by PHOTOGRAPHER OSKAR FALCK AB /.jpg

“A young child can drown in six inches of water,” she says.

Size matters when it comes to water features, says Matson. People often opt for water features, which – because of the price – are too small and dwarfed by other elements in the garden such as fences.



Robert Dunfee