Beauty and sustainability remain strong factors in modern landscape designs and low maintenance plants are increasingly a “must”.
The support and development of local farmers markets and membership in CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) groups is also on the rise. In South West Nova, farmers’ markets are enjoying increased popularity and have become social meccas.
This Christmas I purchased market bucks (wooden coins that can be used as cash with any vendor) as gifts and judging by the comments from the recipients, they were very well received.
According to the 2010 Cone Survey by Cone Communications, 83 per cent of consumers still want to see more brands, products, and companies that support worthy causes.
What colours will pop in 2012? Rich, gem-like tones will help to create a personal piece of paradise for gardeners.
A rise in houseplant culture is also predicted for the benefits it brings.
Houseplants are a modern interior decorating niche and help in wellness. These natural oxygen machines clean indoor air and bring life to any room with color and texture.
Something I’ve noticed on my travels in the past year are green walls. They combine living art with functional appeal, freshening and changing the atmosphere in any space.
For those who love their smart phone apps, the plant buying experience is becoming increasingly better. Digital assistance is “in-hand,” providing designer tips and plant information.
Water features remain of interest but on a much smaller scale. Think of small tabletop fountains, solar-powered units, and slabs of rock with re-circulating, trickling waterfalls.
Planting seeds of interest and discovery amongst the young is a promising venture. One of the delivery agents has been through the development of faerie gardens.
A case in point is the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens this spring. Faerie houses were popping up all over the place, prompting the mayor to even comment.
“They’re a delightful, whimsical addition to the atmosphere of the town -- and there is certainly an air of mystery as to who these faeries are,” said Mayor Phil Roberts.
Whatever approach you plan on taking for your gardening projects in 2012, here’s hoping you reap many rewards for your efforts.