What’s going to be hot in the coming months is a hot topic every January. My favourite trend predictions so far come from the fashion world, convinced that 70’s throwback styles will rule this spring and, on the home front, from Pantone colour officials who are sure that, very soon, we’re all going to fall under the spell of lampshades the hue of a sweet Italian tipple. I predict that, once again, I’m not going to be a trendy person.
The Garden Media Group‘s annual garden trends report, on the other hand, is full of research-backed insights that anyone owning a patch of earth will find relatable and inspiring. Here are some highlights from the report. Click on any image to start the slideshow.
Healthy garden, healthy world – According to the Garden Media Group, “People aren’t just gardening for beauty, they are gardening to nourish their communities, the environment and their own well-being.” Shot at Reford Gardens, August, 2014.
Thinking bigger, bolder – As gardeners find less time and space to garden, they’ll choose show-stopping plants that make a dramatic statement with less work. Umbrella plant (Diphylleia cymose) shot at Reford Gardens, Quebec, August, 2014.
No fuss, no muss, inside or out – Succulents and cacti will be the newest garden fashion darlings because they’re easy to grow and look striking on the patio or centre stage in the living room. Shot at Sheridan Nurseries farm, Ontario, April, 2014.
Unstyled is the newest style – Native plants and eco-conscious landscaping will continue to grow popular as gardeners take responsibility for the health of the environment. New England Asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) shot at The Wildflower Farm, Ontario, October, 2014.
Containers are on the move – Whatever your choice of materials, chances are your newest containers will be big and movable answering the need for impact in small spaces wherever you call home. Shot in Toronto during the Cabbagetown Garden Tour, June, 2014.