There is no
wrong or right way to garden — only your way.
should reflect your personality, your style and your needs — and
2015’s gardening trends reflect that same philosophy.
than ever, the garden is an extension of self," says Susan McCoy,
trend spotter and president of Garden Media Group, a gardening
cultivate and grow, either inside or out, reflects your personality
and the healthy lifestyle you have chosen to live."
In the 2015
trends report, McCoy adds that gardeners, as well as
environmentally-conscious consumers, want to preserve the climate.
Growing and buying organic and local food remains an important way to
achieve that goal, but people are also taking it a step further with
backyard chickens, beneficial beehives and even small goats in cities
One trend you
may really like — the common clothesline is making a comeback. Have
you ever dried whites on a clothesline and then marveled at how
pristine they look and how good they smell?
In addition to
clotheslines, goats and chickens, 2015 promises to be the year of the
"bed head style" of gardening.
un-styled outdoor spaces are the result of intentionally working
within the natural landscape," says McCoy.
casual landscape style expresses an effortless personality with an ‘anything
gardeners will continue to grow more thoughtful and responsible in
their plant selections, according to Diane M. Blazek, executive
director of the National Garden Bureau http://www.ngb.org.
using more drought-tolerant plants that need less water, as well as
disease-resistant plants that need less maintenance and products to
combat diseases," she says.
gardeners will see more plants bred specifically for container
gardens, especially among edibles, she adds. And multi-use plants that
provide beauty as well as good will give gardeners more options to
grow food in traditionally ornamental spots such as front yards,
porches and balconies. Many of those multi-purpose plants are
All-America Selections — such as Lettuce Sandy, Eggplant Patio Baby
and Pepper Pretty ’N Sweet — that can be seen at http://all-americaselections.org
Year of water
communities like southeastern Virginia on the scenic Chesapeake Bay,
2015 will be the year of water — not watering, but waterways,
according to Rebekah Eastep, an environmental planner for the Hampton
Roads Planning District Commission, which oversees the region-wide
askHRgreen.org education and awareness campaign.
are working hard to reduce water pollution and to get our waterways
back on track," she says.
this, they need the help of citizens in each community. Gardening can
do so much for reducing water pollution."
gardening, she says, includes more flowerbeds and trees to soak up
rainwater and filter pollutants, more native plants that thrive with
less water and fertilizers, more rain barrels that catch runoff and
provide free water and more rain gardens and natural buffers that trap
Roses, once all
the rage in gardens all their own, now partner with other plants for
lovely landscape looks. New hybrids smell good, too.
increased interest worldwide in planting roses in mixed gardens or
landscape beds where the roses bloom amidst perennials and shrub — a
beautiful look, plus good for keeping roses naturally healthy and free
of pests," says rose expert Michael Marriott, senior rosarian of
David Austin Roses in Shropshire, England, and the United States www.davidaustinroses.com
used to consider rose fragrance an extra treat, a bonus," he
changed: gardeners today expect a delicious fragrance when sniffing a
rose, as much as they now expect repeat-flowering all season."
Maid Marion is a
new English rose that meets all those expectations, according to
Marriott. It produces pink fragrant flowers from early summer till
frost, with a soft myrrh scent that becomes fruitier with a distinct
aquaponics is on the rise! —Wendy Nicholson Iles, president of the
nonprofit Hampton Grows, www.hamptongrows.org
, which develops and plants community gardens throughout southeastern
Many new trends
continue and get better: Pollinator gardening. Using native ornamental
grasses in containers as accents in garden beds and as turf
replacements. Edible mushroom gardening: using logs inoculated with
edible mushrooms as an ornamental feature in your gardens. —
Horticulture staff, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. www.lewisginter.org