What’s Hot for 2015_Garden Trend Report.

Each year The Garden Media Group publishes its report on what they perceive to be the hot trends for the coming gardening year.  Underlying all of the points made is the continued passion Americans of all ages have for the outdoors and specifically their own properties.

“In 2015, gardening goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle. People see both outdoor and indoor spaces as extensions of themselves and are making conscious decisions to use plants and garden products as “tools” to increase their overall well-being, lead a sustainable lifestyle and make a positive impact on their communities and the planet.” Click here to read the entire report_Trends.

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Among the trends noted, I am particularly excited about the continued love of container gardening.  It appears Americans are looking to add larger ones to their terraces and entryways. The versatility and portability of containers contribute to their continuing popularity. Take a look at some of my container creations here :(http://www.elainemjohnson.com/blog/landscape-design/embellir_to-grow-lovelier/

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No one will dispute the importance of color in the choices we make for our garden palette. The icon of color, Pantone, made its prediction for the Color of the Year called ‘Marsala. I can just imagine some of the wine red and ruby Heucheras in a turquoise blue pot. Pictured below heuchera ‘Sugar Berry’

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According to the National Association of Home Builders, homes are predicted to shrink in size by 10% in 2015. With smaller homes, people are taking to the outdoors for dining, cooking, and entertaining.

In fact, the 2014 Casual Living and Apartment Therapy Outdoor Decorating Survey notes that 62% of Millennials, 46% of Gen Xers and 24% of Baby Boomers are spending more time outdoors.

According to the survey, 85% of Millennials rated outdoor rooms as “Very Important” or “Important” compared to 83% of Gen Xers and 74% of Baby Boomers.

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Check out my post “Backyard Escapes” for more on creating outdoor rooms. It’s obvious from reading this report that regardless of age, gender or location Americans have a love affair with creating beautiful and healthy environments.  “These beneficial conditions will affect nearly every aspect of our lives, making us better able to concentrate, connect more deeply with others, and sleep soundly. Taking time to surround yourself with beauty and serenity today could enhance your mood and improve your quality of life.”_ Madison Taylor