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Garden Trends 2006

Trend Watch 2006

11/1/05 - Transitional style - Modular seating, fabrics, and tabletop designs, pieces that could move inside the home.The bold colors seen over the past two years are more subdued. The red seen in showrooms last year is now shown as brick and pecan. According to umbrella manufacturer Treasure Garden, top selling colors remain forest green, heather beige, sesame linen and antique beige.

Cords, fringe and tassels are added to pillows, cushions and umbrellas. Tabletops have moved beyond glass - look for faux stone and travertine, tile, stained glass, granite, copper and marble.

Bigger is better - Deep seating, double chaise lounges, daybeds, roomier chairs and extension tables gaining popularity.

Other trends include wicker and woven products, stackable chairs and loungers, contemporary design, firepits, and garden accessories.

Hottest trends in gardening and outdoor decorating for 2006

"Outdoor living" is the biggest trend in gardening. Higher fuel prices are expected to further drive this trend as consumers stay closer to home for entertainment and relaxation. The focus is on decorating the outside of the home : deck, patio, and all around the property. Outdoor living products and services reached $62.5 billion in 2004, and plants accounted for only a third of the sales. "It's not just about gardening anymore, and it certainly is not about the Latin name of plants," says Susan McCoy, president of the Garden Media Group, who has predicted outdoor living trends for the past five years. According to a survey by the Garden Writers Association, almost half of those that garden say they "decorate" with containers. They also are adding garden art and knick knacks to the outdoor scape that give their property "personality".

What's In What's Out for 2006

* Lived In Gardens In. Showplace Gardens Out :

Homeowners want easy gardens that are low maintenance and full of color. They have become more self-confident and know how to add their personal signature to their backyards. There has been a shift in focus from inside the home to the outdoors, and consumers are buying "enhancements" to add to their outdoor lifestyles like Viking grills, plasma screen outdoor televisions and entertainment "tents."

* Simple Elegance Is In. Fussy Gardens Are Out :

Less is more. Garden with style and simple elegance. According to Tres Fromme, planning & design specialist at the famous Longwood Gardens, "It is simple elegance enlivened with a healthy dollop of luxury." He recommends buying two or three great pieces and then work your garden around them. Instead of lots of mediocre "stuff," think smaller quality "spots" around the yard. The buzz words are post-modernism, new minimalism and modern American classics.

*Gardens in Small Spaces Are In. Colossal Landscapes Are Out :

As lot sizes shrink and people downsize their homes, consumers are gardening more in less space, on patios and decks, on rooftops and, in containers. Vertical gardening is in, growing either up or down from balconies or on patios.

*Pot-scaping Is In. 1-D Containers Are Out :

Container gardening is showing up in beds and borders or standing alone. Busy homeowners find decorating their yard with "spots of pots" an easy way to splash color throughout the yard.

*Adventuresome Is In. Safe Is Out :

Cottage gardens are safe and comfortable. Zen gardens are edgy. Look for plants with architecture and texture, Expect to see lots of red, purple and gold.

*Boom without Bloom Is In. Flowers Only Are Out :

Busy gardeners want plants that are colorful and easy to grow, large-leafy plants without flowers provide drama and color without the up-keep.

*Mixing Containers Is In. Mixed Containers Are Out:

Well-mixed containers are not completely out, but as Elvin McDonald, garden editor of Better Homes & Gardens, says, "Plants in too many colors and textures look as tasteless as wearing plaids, stripes and prints together."

*Indoor Living Color Is In. Plant-less Houses Are Out :

Homes with open space and porches are being filled with houseplants

.*Fountains In. Ponds Out :

Water gardening, which dropped about 27% last year as an in ground activity, is now popping up in other forms. Containers and Fountains. The trend is to keep sound, motion and water in the garden in a simplistic way.

*Home Grown Is In. Fast Food Is Out : Reflecting society's current enthusiasm for healthy eating and a desire for fresh fruits and veggies, vegetable gardening is coming back en vogue. Herbs and veggies are being grown alone or mixed in containers. Growing your own vegetables and flowers is the new status symbol of luxury. It is a luxury of the heart that says, "I care, and I have time."

*Safe Gardening Is In. Reckless Gardening Is Out : In keeping with the healthy living trend, consumers are seeking sustainable gardening principles. As a result, there is a shift to get plants off chemicals and on a healthier, holistic lifestyle.

--Campania International, Garden Media Group


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