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