New or new again in 2018

The year 2018 is right around the corner and that means looking ahead in garden trends. We gardeners spend many cold days looking through garden catalogs and other books, thinking ahead of what we would like to do in the next year. You may have already been taking stock of gardening plans already as I have been doing. I have a certain spot in the yard that needs some drastic attention next year, that is for sure! So, what will be new or new again, in 2018?

First, you can have a lot of fun during the winter months, just looking online for new trends in gardening for 2018. There are so many neat projects out there that our fellow gardeners are doing in their own gardens that something will surely catch your eye. The tough part is finding plants that may match our growing conditions here if what the project asks for doesn’t exactly match our hot summers and cold winters. But, that is OK. It will be just another reason to keep looking for that perfect plant!

There are many, many different online places to look for the hot new trends and some of them sort of disappeared only to resurface again for this next year. The one that seems to be sticking around is making that backyard your own little private oasis. If you don’t have that ability to lay a patio yourself, we have plenty of people in our area that are very good at doing that sort of thing. You may want to get on their list for next year as soon as possible so you are not the last person in line. Small spaces and eating outside in your backyard garden including having a barbecue pit are still a hot topic. The other hot topic is still providing spaces for our outdoor friends (birds, bees, etc.) for a place for them to have water and food. This is also a great way to have your very own living outdoor science laboratory for kids to observe things that they otherwise would not see. Succulents are still popular particularly because it is something that you can move indoors during the winter months. Zen gardens or meditation gardens are something that are moving into the inclusiveness of the small backyard getaway. A lot of moving water along with simple lines is something that is easy to install in any gardenscape. These tend to include a lot of salvage type projects which would be a wonderful project to work on this winter while we are waiting for Old Man Winter to release his grip on us.

This winter something that caught my eye is raising orchids in a shower caddy. They like the misty shower environment with the exception is that many bathrooms may not have the space or enough sunlight filtering through to provide for that beautiful orchid. A neat idea and it is something that you won’t have to worry about watering! Or on the flip side, since we are always working towards using less water in the landscape, you can try your hand at dry landscaping or rock gardens to help preserve water in your backyard oasis. On the flip side if you have a spot that sits in water, how about a rain garden? There are quite a few plants that like ‘wet feet’ so they will work well in these situations.

Purple is the color of 2018. There are plenty of purple colors to choose from and so many of them we can grow in our growing region. This also includes purple edibles such as eggplant and cauliflower. Something that seems to go out of fashion and then back in is macramé plant hangers which are now becoming quite popular again. This is something that I used to do as a kid for 4-H projects. It was a lot of fun and something that all ages of folks can do. And lest we forget, how about all the new plants that will be coming out? We will cover that one another time!

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