Garden Style 2007
First published on garden.org on January 4, 2007, by Suzanne DeJohn
As your official NGA regional reporter, I feel compelled to keep you abreast of the latest and greatest gardening trends. After all, those of us gardening in the Middle South region must set an example to the rest of the country by showcasing the hippest and most trendy plantings, right? I searched far and wide, and here's what I found.
Other sources generally agree that the trend is toward rich but elegant colors. Think burgundy with a hint of raspberry, as opposed to bright fuchsia. Seafoam-green (think spa) will also be a hit. Color names will reflect nature: black currant, plum brown, marine, emerald, coral, goldenrod, ginger.
Extending the Living Space
Year-round outdoor living requires supplemental lighting, and manufacturers are ready, with a dazzling selection of decorative and task lighting. No more leaving last year's Halloween party lights to guide your way. You'll need spotlights to highlight architectural and garden features, low-voltage lights to illuminate pathways, and high-intensity lights over your grill so you know when your steak is done to perfection.
Of course if you're like me you won't necessarily change the essence of what you're doing in your garden and landscape. Most of us can't afford -- and may not want -- the fanciest outdoor bar or teak gazebo. But I may be enticed into spending a few extra dollars on an oversized tropical vine or particularly fragrant rose. And I'll smile when I hear that "green is in." We gardeners know that green is never, ever "out."
*Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, January 6, 2006: "Green: The New Red, White and Blue."
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