Gardening is always evolving. The reasons may be as numerous as the practitioners, but experts cite these three: consumer tastes, weather, and plant breeding advances.
Last year, the must-haves were vertical gardens and any orange flower. This year, low-water-need plants, perennial edibles, and plants for petite gardens are in demand.
“Gardens are smaller,” says Angela Treadwell-Palmer, trend-spotter and founder of Plants Nouveau LLC. “We’re more urban due to economic and social reasons; our gardens are becoming like those in Asian countries where space is at a premium.”
Susan McCoy of the Garden Media Group has been issuing a yearly gardening trend report for more than a decade, and she reveals that edible shrubs such as ‘Peach Sorbet’ blueberry (see p. 26) from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, which fit easily into the landscape, will be all the rage in 2013. Herbs, too, she says: “Their essence bursts with flavor, and they look gorgeous among flowers or in pots. Plus, you can bring them inside, sit them in a sunny window, and enjoy them in meals during the cold months.” Continue reading The real dirt on gardening trends