Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: 2015 trends in gardening
So what’s the buzz? What’s trending for 2015? Some of the same things that have been trending. In particular is people aren’t just gardening for beauty but they are gardening to nourish their communities, the environment and their own wellbeing. All things fruit are trending. Blueberry bushes, raspberries, even currents and gooseberries. All of which grow just fine in cooler climates. Of course, blueberries need more acidic soil. For those with small spaces Bailey Nurseries has 2 more columnar apple tree introductions:
The trees grows straight up to 10 feet tall with a spread of just 2 feet. The fruit is borne on narrow branches as well as the main leader. They have 2 varieties Colonnade “Flamenco Apple” and Colonnade “Polka Apple” . Both are said to have good flavor. These trees would easily fit into nearly any landscape!
Teal and pink are reportedly the new colors for 2015. Compact plants with rich colors and textures is also trending for 2015 as small space gardening and balcony gardens continue to bloom.
There’s a new shrub-like Japanese Maple from Bailey Nurseries that looks a bit like Christmas as it’s leaves slowly change in the fall from green to red. Those leaves start with a yellowish rose hue in the Spring. It slowly grows to just 4 feet tall with a mounding habit. It’s spread is 3 feet. This plant is rated to zone 5 but it’s so pretty I would give it a go in cooler climes where you might find a microclimate near your home or on a berm.