Of course, the biggest trend is also a color. As a magazine editor, it’s easy for me to be cynical about this—too often the movement looks like a green gravy train, with Barney’s offering a green holiday catalog, Prius parts being jetted in from all over the world, and a forest being massacred for each crop of books and magazines about how to Go Green. (Our Green issue comes out in April.) So I’m kind of turned off by all the branding, but you can’t argue with other facts. If more people will recycle pots, use rain barrels, and make compost rather than add water to Miracle-Gro in 2008, that’s a good thing.
However, from CNNMoney: “ScottsMiracle-Gro also announced the launch of a new Web site in February, a new advertising campaign to support its Miracle-Gro brand and the launch of a major initiative in its lawn fertilizer business that will be backed by the highest level of marketing and sales support in Company history.”
Related to concerns about sustainability and global warming, many writers are advising gardeners to be ready for droughts, hailstorms, and all kinds of weather extremes by planting drought tolerant plants together and having protective measures at the ready. I also noticed more efforts to enforce bans on invasive plants—in England.
It’s widely conceded that more people will be growing vegetables than ever before, but more often than not just a few plants in containers, not huge backyard plantations. Container planting period will be bigger than ever.
Hot plants for 2008: all grasses, especially muhlenbergia. In hotter climes, flax lily (dianella tasmanica) varieties are touted. And then there are the 2008 AAS winners: Skippy Gold viola, Asti white osteospermum, and some kind of eggplant. Skippy is another of those violas that’s supposed to bloom all summer, no matter what. I just bet.
Less lawn. Well, we’ve elaborated on that enough here, but it’s heartening that garden writers across the country are routinely advising it.
More natives. A wide variety (depending on the region) are being touted. For our area, I am most interested in growing more tall coreopsis, filipendula, eupatorium, solidago, and lilium candense. Maybe abelia.
Sadly, gardening as a pastime is expected to continue to decline, overall, but outdoor living (complete with firepits, water features, and glamorous and durable furniture) will continue to grow in popularity.
And here’s a rather unattractive item I noticed in the Boston Herald. According to this article, sales on the Internet will equal or exceed catalog sales in 2008. After quoting Garden Rant favorite George Ball, the article ends by suggesting that totally online businesses like Great Garden Plants will take over from the catalog/internet hybrid. I hope not. I clicked over to the GGP site and promptly shuddered.
Finally, I think I like Austin Montessori teacher Ronda Dizney’s advice the best: “Go out and play.”
These items were gathered from newspaper websites and various online sources in Boston, Austin, San Diego, Sarasota, Vancouver, Akron, Orlando, and Chicago.