One thing was made very clear from my visit to the sky bridge at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. My container gardens would never, could never, be the same again! It could have been the high altitude, or the fantastic light that poured in on us, all of which added to the experience. It most certainly was the creative plantings schemes, the attention to detail and the up cycled and often thought provoking containers that were utilized.
In quick order you can spot some of this years hottest garden trends through out the container gardens. Low maintenance, high impact plants and succulents are hot once again! Allowing us to garden more and water less. Making them ideally suited for container plantings. Which leads me to the biggest trend of the season, terrariums!
Historically used for scientific study or to display a prized collection of plants, terrariums have become more user friendly over the last few years. You can spot these unique pieces of garden art everywhere. I saw one just the other day in my local Thrifty’s foods. Pre made terrariums are readily available, but they are also quite simple to make. Apartment Therapy has a great how-to on their site. They keep it simple and fun.
Tillandsia or Air plants are also making a huge splash this year! You could find them all over the flower show, and they were represented in force through out the container gardens. Dazzling us with their unique ability to hold onto just about anything with their vise-like wire roots.
Hot colours like fiery oranges & reds are also quite noticeable in the gardens this year. Last month, Pantone released their colour choices for 2012 and Tangerine Tango was on the top of their list! I love this colour! Not only are there some fantastic plant that blaze this tone, but the garden art, and glazed pots it inspires are awesome! Contrasting so vividly against purple and blue blooms, and looking rather hot with a shock of lime green foliage! Need not worry turquoise fans! Turquoise pots are still rocking the show gardens. They are the ‘little black dress’ of the garden.
Recycling is still a garden trend going strong. Everything old is new again! Re using, re purposing, up cycling? No matter what you call it, unexpected planters are hot! From old table tops to cake trays and (my fave) wine glasses, plants are being tucked into all sorts of unlikely corners. The only rule is, you must allow your imagination to get carried away!