2016 Trends: Blurring the Indoor/Outdoor Line

We’ve seen what our customers are ordering this spring, and we’ve kept an eye on the gardening trends on social media. Here are our top 10 predictions for what you’ll see in gardens this season:

  1. Biophilic design. More and more frequently, people are bringing elements of their garden inside. On the large scale, this is something that eco-conscious architects are doing in major cities all across the world with green roofs and living walls. In your own home or office, you can incorporate biophilic elements by incorporating planters into your furniture, by letting in more natural light to feed your plants, and by using water features to keep the air humid.
  2. One of JP's lovely soft pink varieties.

    One of JP’s lovely soft pink varieties.

    Soft Heirloom Tones. Pantone, the global color authority, recently announced its colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity (muted shades of pink and blue). This return to a more feminine, understated aesthetic especially emphasizes the use of soft pink tones, like you might find on some of our most romantic roses.

  3. The Real Food Movement. The focus on growing your own food continues to increase as concerns about genetic modification and pesticide use continue to worry many Americans. Regrowing your own lettuce, celery, and other veggies from kitchen scraps is especially hot.
  4. More Indoor Gardening. In particular, growing your own food is on the rise in apartments and urban settings. More and more people are realizing that you don’t need a yard to grow your own fresh herbs and even smaller fruits and veggies.
  5. NaTECHure. That’s right, technology is even changing the way that we garden. It’s only a matter of time before we’re all using apps to help us identify plants, plan an optimal garden, and even to water our plants remotely!
  6. Bugs. From pollinating mason bees to pest-controlling ladybugs and praying mantises, beneficial bugs are finally starting to get the credit they deserve. Harbor these helpful insects by growing plants that they like to eat and nest in, like: Dill, Cosmos, Fennel, Fern-Leaf Yarrow, Asclepias, Coriander, Marigold, Allium, English Lavender, Lemon Balm, Tansy, and Alfalfa. Be sure to select species that are native to your area.
  7. Garden Makers. Social media sites like Houzz and Pinterest have become a hotbed for ingenious, crafty DIY projects for your home and garden. I could fill a dozen articles with these ideas, but I’ll just mention a couple of my favorites: colorful DIY garden structures and wearable vases.
  8. Tricked-Out Patios: The popularity of “Man Caves” (and the counterpart, “She Sheds”) should illustrate how obsessed Americans are with creating the perfect place to entertain. Now the latest place to socialize is the patio. From gorgeous fire pits to covered outdoor “rooms” rigged with heat, light, and even sound, people are putting more effort than ever into making their patio a slice of paradise!
  9. My garden gnome, Rolf, enjoying the afternoon.

    My garden gnome, Rolf, enjoying the afternoon.

    GNOMES! Even for those of us without the land or time to create a full sized garden, we can still create a cute little slice of nature with gnome/fairy gardens. These miniature works of art often make use of wood slices, dollhouse furniture, moss, and miniature ferns to create enchanting, whimsical garden scene.

  10. Sustainable Designs. Gardeners have long been on the cutting edge of eco-friendly practices, but the growing popularity of Permaculture is taking things to an entirely new level. Utilizing rain gardens, swales, Hugelkultur, and Bioswales, gardeners everywhere are discovering that they can grow more plants with less water input, all while helping the environment!

What are YOUR big plans for your garden this year?

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