14 Spring Garden Trends
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Big Impact in Small Spaces
Small space gardening, using succulents, herbs and grasses, is a continuing trend. Carmen Johnston, owner of Nectar and Co. in Macon, Ga., says using "patio edibles," such as herbs and small tomato and other plants, work well in container gardens. Courtney Lake, a California interior designer and blogger at Courtney Out Loud, added herbs, cacti, native grasses and succulents, in the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
For Juice Lovers
The juicing trend is creating more grow-your-own juice gardens with green plants such as kale. If you're trying kale, garden designer Carmen Johnston of Nectar & Co. notes that gardeners in the North likely will have an easier time than folks in the South because of the climate.
A fountain amid plants, an arbor and an herb garden are three key trends identified by garden designers for this spring. Using fountains in the garden design is an affordable way to add in a water element, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design.
Water and Fire
Vertical gardens and galvanized containers are among trends in how to display and grow smaller plants, whether you have a home, condo, townhome or apartment. If using galvanized containers, make sure there is proper drainage with holes at the bottom, says garden designer Carmen Johnston, owner of Nectar & Co. in Macon, Ga. Small galvanized containers also can be carried to garden parties, serving as "portable gardens," she says.
Calibrachoa, which produces flowers that look like small petunias, are big bloomers that produce shades of violet, blue, pink, red, magenta, yellow, bronze and white. It's one plant that is taking off for the spring, says Lorraine Fincher with Hannah's Garden Shop in Birmingham, Ala.
People want as much color as possible, so using containers in funky colors is in, says Lorraine Fincher, with Hannah's Garden Shop in Alabama. This "Big Belly" glazed earthenware container, in purple, is by PH Garden.
Miniature and miniflora roses are big this spring. The Brenna Bosch rose, in a grayish-mauve hue, made its debut at the Chicago Flower Show in March 2015.
Foliage and Flowers
If you desire to add height to your spring garden, Astilbe 'Purple Candles' is the way to go, says Angela Lituri, a New England gardener. Blooming in late spring, Astilbe 'Purple Candles' is also deer and rabbit resistant.
Botanical prints and nature-inspired fabrics are among trends for textiles in gardens and outdoor spaces. Georgia garden designer Carmen Johnston is seeing more slim and sleek patterns featuring ferns, fauna, butterflies and birds.
Homeowners seek beauty with ease, with options including the low-maintenance Eternal Flame, by Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle. The soft yellow flower was included in a rose garden at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in March.
A muted color palette is in, says Georgia garden designer Carmen Johnston of Nectar & Co. The Apricot Candy rose, by Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle, known for its Knock Out and Drift families of roses, features petals that look like ruffled edges.
New tools can make maintaining plants easier -- and get the party started. The 14 Piece Multi-Tool Bypass Pruner was awarded "cool new product," by The Garden Center Group at the January 2015 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition. The event was held by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association in Fort Lauderdale.