Gardening may be as old as civilization, but it's also as trendy as thigh-high boots and single shoulder tops. Doubt it? Think about how quickly vegetables have become the new perennials and orange the new pink....
While gardening trends don't spin as fast as fashion, nevertheless every year brings fresh plants, ideas and styles, while others fade away...The Garden Media Group's Trends Report has just come out for 2010...sure, the list is more fun than profound, but who can resist a peak at what trend-spotters tell us in store for our gardens....
What's In What's Out
Edible Gardens Lawn
Slow Gardening Instant Gratification
Mindful Gardening Bling
Eco-Boosting Chemical Dependent Gardening
Multi-Tasking Single-Purpose Gardening
Perennials and Shrubs Divas are out
A few of these might need a little explanation - by slow gardening the GMG means "returning to a simpler life of cooking, gardening and even raising chickens!"
"Eco-boosting" means that green is the new black for consumers seeking products that work with nature, not against it. Multi-tasking? Put green walls, green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens to work. Fussy diva plants are out, while natives, small shrubs, grasses and edibles are what's happening for 2010. For the full trend report, check out the Garden Media Group website.
For those of us who are organic gardeners and never did much bling in our gardens anyway, these "trends" may not seem too insightful, but we can probably all agree that ornamental grasses and integrating edibles into our gardens are sound and reasonably modern ideas, if not quite revolutionary...