What to expect in the New Year.

It’s the new year, which means it’s time to look forward to 2015 and see what to expect in gardening trends. 2015 is shaping up to be a year in which personalization is tantamount, but the focus on a garden’s aesthetic design may become overshadowed by its utility: harvesting home-grown produce or family or the community, balancing its native environment or subsidizing space in the home.

First, let’s begin with growing demographics. Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority in the United States, who traditionally grow their own vegetables in home gardens. Pair this development with the rise of the millenials–now making up about a quarter of the US population–whom are a growing sector among gardening consumers. What you can expect is a focus on urban gardening–not to mention simple, affordable ways to dress up small spaces like a balcony or small yard.

In the coming year, the focus on gardening will be as much on wellness and sustainability as on simple aesthetic practices. While the gardens of yesteryear were built on self-satisfaction, 2015 is all about self-sufficiency, whether it be growing garden-to-table vegetables or creating worry-free gardens of native flora that can fend for themselves.

With a trending homesteading attitude towards gardening, you can bet that decor in 2015 will take its inspiration from rustic and vintage looks. Expect products and motifs that bring a homey feel, and be sure to start your search for upcycling DIY projects you can do for your garden–because they’re hot!

A big focus in 2015 will also be how gardens can be used as spaces for entertainment. A garden serves as a wonderful backdrop for a party, and as homes are becoming increasingly smaller, more time will be spent outdoors for relaxing, dining–even showering! For setting a scene, flexibility and simplicity are at the forefront with wheeled planters and big containers that can be moved to add a burst of color or greenery where it’s needed, when it’s needed.

So what are the big plants in the New Year? You can expect bold, colorful flowers to be the highlight of any garden–but this year we’re looking at teals and pinks to be all the rage. When it comes to house plants, succulents reign supreme thanks to their ease and hardy natures. Herbs, produce and other consumable plants will especially be in-demand for the urban set, looking to community gardens to tighten relationships with neighbors while adding a touch of nature to their lives.

Our takeaway is that 2015 will be the year of the useful garden, able to bring friends, family and communities together to nourish as well as serve as eye candy. Plants that are easier to take care of–those that exist natively in the environment, cacti, those in transportable containers–will be the year’s biggest stars. So find a gardening buddy and get started!


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