How I love the British magazine Gardens Illustrated, and not just because it has such gorgeous photography. It really is about gardening, dirt gardening, as well as plants and design.
I always appreciate its international viewpoint, and never more than when the editors gather together a bunch of opinionated experts to hold forth on trends, as they do in the January, 2014 issue.
Here are a few excerpts:
- "Good soil, water and food will be increasingly treasured whether you're a farmer, gardener, or window-box owner."
- "I predict that more people will be seeking out the smaller, independent growers to discover the more unusual varieties and make plant buying more of a learning experience." (Don't we hope this is true??)
- "Gardening is the new black...meaning getting our hands in the soil and dirty will allow us to bond with our plants.."
- "Strong colour has been popular in planting, and we've also seen much more experimentation with materials."
And to top off all the good, common-sense predictions/observations, is this one from Rosemary Alexander:
-"Young designers seem to be moving away from shorter-lived perennials and grasses and towards a more realistic and affordable, family orientated, all-year-round layout, with less use of hard landscape and more focus on plants, including wildlife attractors."
And one more comment, with a different, more urban point of view, from garden writer Tim Richardson:
- "Community gardening continues to grow in popularity, with more people getting into gardening as a way of improving urban areas and making friendships."
And I love these two bits from a list of what's out: shiny pots and "garden art...not all of it is art."
And to get us through the end of February, a couple of summer-time photos from the magazine: