The final three trends for 2009, according to the Garden Media Group, are Global Colors, Worldly, and Bubbling.
The popularity of global colors, I think, is regional. I think we in this area are still more into the country colors, and if we do color theme our gardens it is more likely to be in the blue/pink/white cottage garden palette. But be prepared for more bright/deep colors to be available in plants and in garden decor as this trend becomes more mainstream and moves to the midwest.
The wordly trend is just beginning to be seen here in the Ohio Valley. We’ve had questions about Japanese serenity gardens, as well as labyrinths. And the garden accents we are seeing from our suppliers have a global flavor– whether in theme or in color and style. We don’t think the time is right yet for us to jump into this area, but we’ll be watching the market closely.
Bubbling is a trend that we have watched develop for a decade– although the recent economic woes have increased the pace of this one. Bubbling used to be called “cocooning,” a term coined by Faith Popcorn to describe the pulling back into a safety zone (our homes) as the world becomes too much with us. This is manifesting itself in the garden industry as an increased interest in creating “garden rooms” for entertaining (in some cases complete with an outdoor kitchen and a pop-up big screen TV) and for decompressing. The Japanese serenity gardens fit this trend, too.
We don’t carry the outdoor kitchen paraphernalia in stock, but we have several sources for it if you want to go in that direction this year. Call and talk with Dawn for some ideas. If an outdoor room is in your plan for this year, our design team can assist you with that– either helping you to Do-It-Yourself or doing it for you.