As the winter is getting near it’s ugly end (oh, it wasn’t THAT bad), a sampling of some thoughts on what’s going to be popular in 2016.
Here’s a summary of an article from Khara Dizmon, writing in Garden Design magazine.
A trend coming out of Europe is property owners painting / staining their structures with very bold colours, such as dark greens or blues. A fence or house that is painted, for example, a charcoal grey, can enhance the effect of a garden and its colours. It allows the bright plant colours to be the star. See more on this, here.).
Not only does the trend of growing plants indoors help with the aesthetics in the home, they can also be transported outside at the appropriate time, giving you instant beauty on your deck or patio. And you don’t need to design with one plant, one pot mentality. People are re-thinking this by designing with container gardening techniques (“thriller, spiller, filler”).
Some vegetables look great in the window container as well as on the table. Cherry tomatoes are an example, and basil can make wonderful foliage in mixed containers. You can learn more about this, here.
From Sonia Day, Gardening columnist for the Toronto Star:
Sonia talks with Paul Zammit, head of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, who says the desire of low maintenance is still very much in vogue. “I see more and more vendors offering ready-potted plants in decorative containers, because everyone is so busy”, he says.
Zammit thinks edible plants are going to be very popular, not only for their obvious benefit, but because using, for example, home grown mint in a mojito cocktail enables us to be “more social, sharing those drinks and our expertise about food plants with friends.”
A good bet: African Blue Basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum), “Dark opal. The flowers and foliage look beautiful. You can eat both. And this herb is a magnet for pollinators and great as a cut flower.” See Sonia’s full post here.
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