2011 Garden Trends Take Root
According to the Garden Media Group, 2011 is the year we will start “gardening with a purpose,” whether that means growing your own food or creating urban sanctuaries.
Since last year, according to the latest GWA Garden Trends Research Report, half of those surveyed said they have gardens in their backyard, while more than one-quarter have gardens in their front yard. With vegetable gardening up almost 20 percent and community gardens up 60 percent over last, growing food for the table is certainly on the rise.
As backyard conservationists, gardeners are transforming yards, gardens, rooftops and even urban alleys into green and productive spaces, knowing they are making a positive impact. Here’s a look at top emerging garden trends:
1. Gardening with a purpose
3. Edible ornamentals
4. Sustainable Containers
6. Indoor gardening
7. Vertical gardening
8. Urban farming
Gardening with a Purpose
There’s no disputing that we all need to work together to rejuvenate, regenerate, and restore Mother Earth. Choosing eco-friendly products over toxic chemicals is a pro-active step to making our world cleaner and greener. Since healthy plants start with healthy soil, people are looking for sustainable and organic soils.
According to the recent National Gardening Association’s Lawn and Garden Survey, survey, 9 out of 10 households want to manage their lawns and gardens in an environmentally-friendly way. Consumers are turning to all-natural repellents to keep unwanted pests from mowing down lawns and valuable plants. Eco-friendly repellents keep garden foes away and are guaranteed effective and safe for people, plants and pets.
Terms like “sustainable” and “biodiversity” were seldom heard a decade ago, but today are part of our lexicon. The move to de-lawn large tracks of turf and transform lawns into sustainable landscapes is achievable with the right plants for the right spot that use less water and pesticides.
Go ahead and mix it up! Berries next to tomatoes and azaleas under grapevines may sound odd, but it’s the hot new trend according to many professional landscape designers.
Fresh berries like raspberries and blueberries you can pick right from home are spiking in popularity. Blueberries offer four seasons of color and juicy berries rich in antioxidants. According to a recent survey by the Garden Writers Association, about 16 percent more American households planned to add a veggie garden and an additional 12 percent planned on adding an herb garden. Why? More than three-fourths of respondents felt veggies are less expensive with better taste, quality and nutrition.
Annual flower sales were down almost 20 percent this year. It appears gardeners see them as “luxuries” they can replace with long-blooming perennials and every-blooming shrubs. They deliver all-season color without the high maintenance.
For small space gardens, growing food in containers makes sense. Containers brimming with fragrant herbs like basil, rosemary or thyme are attractive and aromatic additions for indoors and outdoors. Blended containers with herbs and veggies provide a one-two combo that can’t be beat for freshness and convenience.
Dry gardening with less water is bubbling across the nation. From college dorm rooms to home gardens, succulents are a perfect choice! These easy sustainable plants produce showy flowers along with thick, fleshy foliage that stores water like a camel’s hump!
Drought-tolerant and able to thrive in a variety of conditions, succulents are perfect for small gardens and large landscapes.
Extend nature’s influence by bringing the outdoors in with houseplants. In addition to providing health benefits, many indoor house plants—like orchids—are chic and easy to grow.
From vines and veggies growing up from containers to vertical walls blooming with edibles, plants are climbing and growing up.
Urban farming and CSAs
In step with the move to reinvigorate communities with gardens, urban farming and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) are springing up. Urban farming ‘micro-farms’ are converting small spaces in blighted areas into thriving farms that produce fresh produce for inner city communities.
CSAs provide fresh produce and companionship with full waiting lists. Even garden Centers are getting into the act and offering community gardens to learn about varieties and “how-to” maintain plants and share experiences.
According to the Slow Food Movement, farmer’s markets and CSAs are up a whopping 60 percent.
— Courtesy of the Garden Media Group