These 5 garden trends will keep you in touch with the latest craze in gardening, and will inspire new ideas for the upcoming season.
As a plant lover and gardener, I'm always interested in learning about new or current trends in the industry. Today I'm sharing 5 garden trends you may want to try or experiment with, in this year's garden.
5 Garden Trends
1 The Art of 'Wabi Sabi'
One of the most interesting to me is the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi design. This concept centers around the idea of "perfectly imperfect." Ideas such as leaving seed heads on plants for winter interest, low maintenance gardens with native plants, and enjoying the beauty of nature as it evolves throughout the seasons and time.
2 Growing Edibles in Containers
This trend has been going on for a while, and continues with more and more dwarf varieties of shrubs and trees for everyone to enjoy in the smallest of gardens. This year I plan on trying to grow blueberries in a container. I'm hoping using a container will be easier to protect the berries from the birds and squirrels.
3 Supporting Wildlife
Another trend is gardening with wildlife in mind. Gardens designed specifically for butterflies, and choosing flowers to attract more pollinators is a strong trend. Easy ways to include this trend are to create garden projects such as this Building bug hotel or this Bird and Butterfly Water Feeder.
4 Purple Passion
Pantone's Ultra Violet is the color of the year. Maybe that's why you find purple flowers in this year's plant varieties and garden design. It's pretty easy to incorporate this color in the garden as there are many flowers and shrubs with this beautiful color. However, there are also several edible purple plants that you can grow. Purple vegetables are not only interesting and pretty, their unique color denote anthocyanins which are very beneficial to your health.
5 Indoor Hanging Gardens
Lastly, going vertical is still largely on trend. Many are hanging their plants indoors and out. The art of macrame has made a comeback, perfect for hanging pots. You can find a very basic tutorial on how to create jute hangers here.
Though some may consider these garden trends a fad, or just the latest fashion, I think they'll be around for the long haul.