Topiarius Urban Garden (www.Topiarius.com), a leader in urban gardening, shares some “growing” trends:
Consider colors: Purple is in. Mix vibrant colors with traditional hues such as green, brown, gray, black.
The artful gardener: Dress up containers with birth poles, pepperberry and colorful sticks painted in bright, eye-popping colors.
Simpler palettes: Due to the recession, many nursery growers cut back on planting. The abundance of choices in 2014 will be much more limited than before.
Wise investments: Think container finishes and outdoor fabrics for 2014. They not only differentiate you from your neighbor but also resist fading and mold.
High-quality materials: Stone, clay and porcelain pavers take center stage in 2014 because of its life span. Concrete pavers have a life of about 20 years.
Consumers will also turn to hardwood like Ipe over pressure treated lumber.
Admire artificial turf: More grass fields and decks are converted to synthetic turf because of it’s many benefits, including lower maintenance costs, pesticide free, fewer injuries and saves waters.
Pot a tree: Trees bring fruit, color, shade and wildlife to the garden and many can last year-round when planted in large containers. It is also a great solution with little or no outdoor space.
Chemical-free havens: Years ago people only cared about having weed free lawns and gardens. People are now taking the toxic free route and looking at the importance of sustainability and the organic way.