Garden Topics: Design Ideas
Gardening Trends for 2015
Gardeners want more native plants, more flowers for birds and bees to pollinate and more container gardens.
Now, more than ever, gardening is becoming an
extension of one's self. What you cultivate and
grow, either inside or out, reflects our personality
and the healthy lifestyle. This is expected to
result in more use of
particularly ones that are safe and reliable.
New gardeners will include a very high
percentage of young men and Millennials who
place a high value on plants and garden products.
This same groups is spending more time outdoors than
the two previous generations. New homeowners have
higher expectations; they want their yards to serve
multiple purposes where they can entertain, relax,
fix a meal and accommodate pets and children.
Earth, nature, and living outdoors are some of
the key gardening trends this year. These relate to
the desire to increase ones overall well-being, lead
a sustainable lifestyle. We would
like to make a positive impact on
our communities and the planet.
Products that are environmentally
friendly and safe for pets and children
reign supreme. Trees, flowers, plants, birds and
bees all increase overall health and wellness for
self, family and society. Plants are being
valued more as clean air filters, oxygen
machines, and wellness prescriptions. As far as
shrubs and fruiting perennials are concerned,
blueberries, raspberries and strawberries,
being high in antioxidants, are expected to be in
big demand this year, along with dwarf fruit
As for color, pink in various shades, from
bubble gum to blush pink to dusty pink, will
rise in popularity, along with rustic,
natural colors that give a "vintage, homey feel".
Also take note that 'Orange' is the new
The party is moving outside as we enhance
outdoor living spaces and personalize them, using
them as an extension of indoor living spaces.
Ready-made containers that can be
quickly placed to create an immediate and finished
look will continue to be popular as homeowners
look for more ways to extend their indoor lifestyle
outdoors, where they want to entertain. The
line between indoor and outdoor living spaces will
continue to blur as people see both spaces as an
extension of themselves.
As we continue to experience a decrease in free
time and living space size, we will seek to make a
high impact with bold tropical plants and flowers
such as canna, elephant ear and caladium.
Larger decorative containers will be used
on these projects. Additionally, no-fuss
easy to grow cacti and succulents will be
ideal for those seeking to bring nature inside the
home. Succulents are the new gateway plant for
Gardening in smaller containers will also be a
significant trend, with emphasis on multiple
containers filled with easy-care flowers,
such as calibrachoa, scavola, petunias, begonias and
angelonia. Ready-made containers
that can be dropped into dull spaces to create an
immediate and finished look will continue to be
popular as homeowners look for more ways to extend
their indoor lifestyle outdoors, where they want to
entertain. This is a quick and easy to decorate
before a party.
Inside the home, there is a renewed interest in growing frost-tender house plants that can decorate outdoor spaces during the summer. Indoors during the winter they bring life into your homer as they radiate a healthy energy throughout the room. Beyond accessorizing, houseplants are natural filters that purify the air while removing toxins.
Neighborhood residents are rebelling against and
campaigning for the reversal of ordinances that
prohibit them from expressing themselves and living
the way they want complete with vegetable
gardens, chickens, bee hives and lawn-less
landscapes. They are reclaiming their land
and taking pride in being able to sustain their
adopting a more carefree, purposefully unstyled
outdoor spaces that are a result of intentionally
working within the natural landscape. This casual
landscape style expresses an effortless personality
with an “anything goes” attitude. Natural habitats
are being created using native plants to increase
diversity, balance and ecosystems.
- Look for the growing of herbs, veggies and small fruit in containers to become even more popular particularly for those of us who are down-sizing to smaller quarters. Container gardens fit nicely in the lifestyle of who are residing in apartments or condos that have no in-ground options and their gardening space is limited to patios, balconies and window boxes.