It’s the time of year when everyone starts making their resolutions and planning ahead for the next year. In the gardening world, we’re doing the same thing. Here are a few things to look out for in 2015:
Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) predicts an annual, vegetable and perennial to be showcased. The selected plants are chosen for their popularity, versatility, and simplicity. NGB is predicting 2015 to be the Year of Sweet Pepper, the Year of Coleus and the Year of Gaillardia. All of these have not only been popular for years, but are great plants to grow in our Midwest conditions.
Pantone chooses a Color of the Year each year, being a color that will be seen in fashion, interior decorating, and even gardening. The color chosen this year is Marsala, an “earthy wine red.” This color would be beautiful in spring time geraniums, autumn mums and even winter poinsettias.
The Garden Media Group releases a trend report every year that specifically focuses on trends in gardening for the next year. Overall, the Garden Media Group sees an increase of three new groups of people who are gardening. These include Millennials, Hispanics and young men. Millennials are coming to an age where many of them are buying homes and coming to the point in their lives where they have space to grow gardens, as well as trying to live a green lifestyle. Hispanics are the fastest growing segment in the U.S. and have a cultural tradition of growing their own food. Young men is the most surprising of these groups, but studies have shown that they are spending $100 more per year on gardening products than the average consumer.
Other trends include outdoor living and entertainment. Many people are turning their outdoor space into an extension of their home and buying outdoor décor to help make the most of this space.
Container gardening continues to be popular, but this year gardeners will focus on containers of a smaller scale. These small containers will include tropical plants and no-fuss succulents and cacti. Containers that are portable will also be popular this year. Whether they have handles or wheels, having containers that can move with their owners is important as many people are renting and have not settled down quite yet.
Finally, the continuing trend of urban gardening will continue as residents will rebel against the normal neighborhood standards. An increasing number of people will not only be growing edible gardens, but also raising chickens, bees and having lawn-less yards as their focus is on their crops.
Whether you start a new trend in 2015, or continue to grow your usual garden, spring cannot come soon enough!