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Welcome back to another gardening year with the DeKalb County Master Gardeners.

As we enter the 2017 gardening season, there will be new ideas and challenges to explore. From year to year, gardening trends and wonderful new landscape plants appear for us to learn about and consider using in our home gardens.

Gardening concepts that are trending for 2017 include sustainability, regionally focused garden design and natural landscapes.

How do we achieve sustainability? Buying locally grown landscape plants, making adjustments for the impact of climate changes and using native, low maintenance plants will all help achieve a long-term, sustainable home landscape.

Let’s take a look at the trending landscape plants for 2017.

The Urban Tree of the Year is the chestnut oak. This large, rapidly growing tree reaches a height of 60 to 70 feet. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

The chestnut oak has attractive silvery-white bark and chestnut shaped leaves that change to a combination of yellow, orange and brown for fall color.

The David Austin collection of English roses is offering two new varieties for rose lovers.

“Desdemona” is an attractive, fragrant, repeat blooming white rose with a pink center on a 4-by-4-foot plant. It should stand up to the hot humid weather in Zone 5.

“The Ancient Mariner” is a shrub…