Gardening itself has its own trends and a new year always brings predictions of what's going to be hot. Everyone from gardening magazines to blogs to annual home and garden shows have their predictions about what is going to be guiding the green thumb market, but the trends themselves are gradual changes; shifts that have been gaining momentum over the years. So, let's get to it. Here are 9 trends that we'll be seeing a lot of in 2015.
1. Faceted Outdoor Decor and Design
The geometric shape trend has been holding steady for awhile now and doesn't appear to be slowing. We've already seen this move to the outdoors with facet-shaped furniture, terrariums and containers, but I predict we're going to see how far we can push this trend with even more faceted outdoor accessories and, perhaps, even how we prune our topiaries (shown in first photo).
2. Native Plants
Plants native to a particular habitat thrive in gardens that mimic those same growing conditions. And with water conservation becoming more prevalent, native plants are becoming more commonplace in water-wise landscapes. Rain gardens—gardens that rely on specialized native plants to wick water into the soil—will also become an increasingly popular solution. At the top of this list, I think we'll be seeing a variety of small-mounding ornamental grasses as the new "it" plant in native gardens. With careful planning and good design, you can use water-wise plants and still get any style and look that you want.
3. Pollinator Garden
Native plants and a pollinator garden go hand in hand. The native plants used in rain gardens provide the perfect habitat for birds, bees, and beneficial insects. As we've seen species of insects like honeybees and Monarch butterflies becoming endangered, more and more gardeners have been incorporating plants to support pollinating insects as well as for the birds.
4. Edible Landscaping
Combining edibles and ornamentals into traditional garden beds is as much of a trend now as raised beds were a few years ago. No longer do your veggie gardens have to be strictly that nor should they be hidden behind the house! We're seeing front gardens and containers that include a combination of edibles and ornamentals. More and more gardeners are also adding fruit trees and bushes into their designs as well.
5. Cocktail Gardens
Themed gardens aren't a new trend, but the cocktail garden is my prediction for the themed garden of the year! Fine craft cocktails have been experiencing quite a resurgence and in 2015 its going to be all about the botanicals. Purveyors of these beverages will up the ante by cultivating ingredients to make their own bitters, shrubs, tonics and infused spirits — with everything from herbs and spices to roots and shoots!
6. Monochromatic Plantings
Color trends in the garden are moving away from flowers with blooms in every color of the rainbow. In 2015 we're going to see more corresponding or single-color schemes — think blues and purples paired together or mass groupings in different shades of orange.
7. Brown Hues
We've seen more and more dark-hued plants on the market over the last few years but move over deep purple and black, chocolate is here! Foliage, flowers and bark in different shades of brown are catching on in a big way. I'm not sure if we should be thanking Pantone's color of the year for this, but the earthy, reddish-brown Marsala coordinates beautifully with these moody brown shades. Combine varieties of plants in shades of chocolate and marsala for another take on monochromatic plantings.
8. Glam Garden Gear
Copper, gold, and brass are huge in home design right now, so why not apply it to the garden? Where pops of bold color used to be the fun way to interject our personalities into our gardening style, I think shades of glam are taking over for 2015. With furnishings and accessories shifting to more subdued shades of grey and taupe — gold, brass and copper will be the shining star of your outdoor space. We're going to start seeing these glam accents pop-up on the most run-of-the-mill gardening tools, planters and gear.
9. Neighborhood Rebels
You won't necessarily see this trend in rural areas, as it has more to do with residents in urban areas or planned communities, but just about every prediction speaks of transforming "neighborhood into agri-hood." With more and more homeowners growing and cultivating their own food — even in areas with strict ordinances — residents are rebelling against rules and codes that limit their freedom. From vegetable gardens to chicken coops and beehives, homeowners and renters alike are pushing the envelope of what is (or isn't), allowed.
These are my thoughts on what's trending in the garden for 2015. And, while we look to the professionals for the trend forecast, I think one of the biggest trends in front of us is that grass-root gardening is slowly becoming more influential than that of professional designers! So tell us: What do you think of the list of predictions or what trends do you think we'll be seeing in the coming year? I'm interested in hearing your ideas in the comments below...