Agreed. Trend surveys are little more than marketing fodder and often are blatant advertising of certain products. However, I still like to look at them because I always found something interesting, or something that, regardless of why it’s named as a trend, I happen to promote in my own gardening practice. So here is the latest list I saw from this group.
1. Gardening with a Purpose
3. Edible Ornamentals
4. Sustainable Containers
6. Indoor Gardening
7. Growing UP
8. Urban Farming
9. New Urbanism
Edibles, yeah, eco-scaping, whatever—yeah, yeah, whatever, whatever. (Well there must be something to all this. Last night, my husband turned to me and said, “I was thinking of starting a vegetable garden.” I nearly died.)
But wait. Growing UP. Now there is a trend I can get with. I have long been drawn to verticality in my plantings and I love almost any kind of tall plant. Even the bizarre tall mums they have every year at the Botanical Gardens mum show. You see, I am surrounding by walls. Some of them are my neighbors’, so I can only grow tall things against them. But other are mine and I love to cover them with jungle-esque foliage and flowers, whether these include ambitious rose or a voracious wisteria. There are also trumpet vine, clematis, climbing hydrangea, Boston ivy, and—yes—porcelain vine, which happens to be the most timid of all my vines, regardless of the scary press it has gotten. I am still waiting for it to achieve 3 feet.
I would also embrace the green walls, at least the small ones, but succulents require sun. (This is also what keeps me out of the edible game, pretty much.)
And here is our friend Dr. Allan with just the book for me, his new Armitage’s Vines and Climbers. I think it came out last year.
In any case, a horizontal garden would be a sad and limiting thing for me. So if this “trend” means that more cool vines and tall plants will be available, I am all for it.