Garden trends for 2013
This year will find more of us reconnecting with nature and doing more down to earth ventures. It’s being called the “year of bliss” by the group Garden Media. They recently revealed their garden trends for 2013, and it sounds like a great garden year. While the snow is still on the ground and the cold temps are hanging around, start planning your garden and your outdoor living space.
The National Garden survey results for the 2011 season listed the total expense for DIY gardening was $29.1 billion. Three million more gardeners joined us. Spending on gardening products was up 2 percent, and the average amount spent was $351. Sounds like gardening is still one of the top hobbies across the country.
Susan McCoy, president of Garden Media said “People are voting with their wallets, and the winning brands are the ones that enhance lives and give back to communities.”
A summary of the top 12 garden trends for 2013 are a follows:
• We want to know where our food comes from. Small fruit bushes will be in higher demand for easy compact growing with container gardening high on the list.
• Social media continues to grow, making it easier for consumers to find, buy and talk.
• Health and wellness forces are the No. 1 reason people select the products they buy, according to research group TrendWatching.
• The garden blog GardenRant has predicted herbs will be “the hot edible of 2013,” along with berries and small fruits. They have named Lingonberries to be the #1 berry for this year.
• The company Pantone, which predicts the upcoming colors for the year has said that the hottest colors in the garden will be metallic’s; anything silver or gold and the bright colors like blue, purple, Kelly green and hot pink.
• Solutions for weed and pest controls that are safe for the environment, people and pet friendly will once again be in high demand.
• A tranquil backyard retreat is something we are all trying to achieve. The use of rocks, natural stone walls and water features top the list of landscape design ideas.
• Moving indoors was a hot item last year and will be again in 2013. Add a terrarium and some houseplants to your list. Indoor plants help purify the air, reduce stress and bring us closer to nature. The longing to extend outdoors — indoors.
• Economic forces are popular again this year; such as repurposing, thrift store finds and recycled products that can be redesigned for garden “object d’art”
• Lighting will be more fun and adventurous this coming year. Uses of up lighting, reflective plant material, down lighting and lights in unusual places. Use your imagination for new lighting ideas and locations in your yard.
• A new phrase to replace “carbon footprint” is “water print.” The need to conserve water by using drought tolerant plants, ornamental grasses, and natives. Rain gardens are once again on the list, as well as rain barrels.
• Community gardens, CSA’s and farm markets have become the new grocery stores across the country. The prediction for this year will be that even more will pop up and more of us will do our shopping there during the growing season.
Susan McCoy says, “Nature has given us the tools to find happiness in ordinary living things.” Make 2013 the year to get back to nature and live life to the fullest.
For the entire Garden Media garden trends 2013 report, visit gardenmedia.com.
Community Garden Day planned
Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners for the annual Community Garden Day. This year it will take place on Feb. 9 at the Columbus State Community College Delaware branch.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. The registration is open to the public, but reservations must be made by Feb. 1. To register, call the OSU Extension Office at 740–833-2030 or download a registration form at delaware.osu.edu and mail to the extension office. Seating is limited, so make sure you sign up soon. The cost is $20 for the day and includes a box lunch, coffee and handouts. Hope to see you all there for a great day full of gardening inspiration.
Susan Liechty is an OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer.