I've been thinking about garden trends ever since a reporter from a local magazine called me last week to ask about what's new in gardening. I was tempted to say "Who cares? Just get out there and dig..." Gardening is such an age-old practice it's weird to think about trends. Yet environmental pressures, new products, changing weather patterns and our own evolving tastes and interests keep gardening fresh.
Each generation discovers for themselves what appeals about gardening, whether that be hunting down cool new perennials from remote countries, or raising radishes in the back yard.
So before the list appears in...I think it was Seattle Magazine...here it is on "Plant Talk" in the hopes you'll join the discussion about what you see going on in gardening this spring:
1. Growing your own groceries - vegetables, herbs and fruit. Most of us don't have room, time or inclination for a separate vegetable patch so we're mixing edibles in with ornamentals...the trend is spurred on by multi-tasking plants like blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, sage, and lettuces that look great in the garden, are easy to grow and delicious.
2. Bringing the garden indoors - cutting flowers, branches and leaves for simple, handmade bouquets. Fashioning arrangements from your own garden is satisfyingly fun and expressive, and you can be sure the flowers on your nightstand or dining room table are organic, fresh and local. The bouquet above is in a vase called "carrot top" from Whidbey artist Johanna Marquis, the fowers are a spring assortment from my garden.
3. Easy-care small shrubs like spireas and daphnes that look good year round, and don't need pruning or dividing. Ditto with small grasses like hakonechloa and carexes.
4. Gardening to attract and nurture wildlife - plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
5. Succulents are drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, tough and handsome - surely succulents are the most modern of 21st century plants. Nurseries now stock an exciting selection of hardy succulents in a wide range of colors and textures.
So what am I missing? Please comment below and let me know what you think is driving gardening these days...