Garden Design Predictions for 2015

While we believe great landscapes are timeless and enduring, garden design needs to stay relevant - to keep moving forward in conversation with art, architecture, fashion and the rest of the world of art and design. 

So in the name of trends, here are our garden design predictions for 2015:

(clockwise from top left):  Grace Design , Glen Lambley via  Gardenista , Ed Canwell via Sunset, Gardenista

(clockwise from top left): Grace Design, Glen Lambley via Gardenista, Ed Canwell via Sunset, Gardenista

Eco-Chic - Ecological gardens (organic, wildlife habitat, low water, native plants) have been popular for sometime and are here to stay. In 2015 we predict these gardens go chic. No more ‘natural’ excuses for a disorderly yard. Good design has universal appeal, so let’s bring beautiful ecological gardens to the masses.

Cimicifuga racemosa  'Brunette',  Astrantia major  'Ruby Wedding',  Aeonium arboreum  'Atropurpureum'

Cimicifuga racemosa 'Brunette', Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding', Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum'

Marsala - Pantone colour of the year for 2015. We love it!  Try this ‘earthy red wine’ on a throw, cushions, or with bold plant choices like Aeonium, Hellebores x hybridus ‘Red Lady’, Astrantia major ‘Ruby Wedding’ or Cimicifuga racemosa ‘Brunette’.

Shrader Design  via  Architectural Digest , SF Girl By Bay

Outside | Inside - Bring the inside out and the outside in. Even in cold-climates. Quality exterior furnishings move into our outdoor rooms and plants (living walls, tropicals, succulents) bring their may benefits - improved air quality, mood and concentration - inside.

Rue Privee,  Daniel Hatton , Lighting Box

Rue Privee, Daniel Hatton, Lighting Box

Smoky Glass - Named a 2015 trend in interior design, try it on sconces, railing panels and glassware. A modern retake on 70’s style.

Medlock Ames Winery herb garden by  NBWLA ,  Sambucus canadensis,    Scutellaria baicalensis

Medlock Ames Winery herb garden by NBWLA, Sambucus canadensis, Scutellaria baicalensis

Anti-Viral Gardens - 2014 was a big year for viruses (ebola, enterovirus 68). Conventional medicine has little support for viral infections, so it’s time to take matters into our own hands. We’ll be planting elder, Chinese skullcap and licorice in our garden. Pick up emergent viral expert Stephen Buhner’s book for inspiration on what you might want to plant in yours. 

Drunken Botanist  via Gardenista, Outdoor kitchen by  Commune  via  Gardenista , hops

Drunken Botanist via Gardenista, Outdoor kitchen by Commune via Gardenista, hops

Bachelor Gardens come on to the scene with the popularity of cocktail and brewer’s gardens, foodie culture and the rise of the weekend chef. Your dude needs a space to grow hops for his home brew, green coriander for your cocktail and a place to perfect his fire-keeping and BBQing skills.

We hope we’ve opened a space in your mind around what a garden could and should and might actually be, in 2015.

As always, if you need help along the way,  we’d be delighted to work with you!

(Check out the International Garden Festival for great forward-thinking gardens).