Garden trends

Using Living Coral in the Garden

Each year Pantone names its Color of the Year. Pantone produces a line of color-matching products that are invaluable to graphic designers and others who have to get colors just right. In the recent past, the Color of the Year has included Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Greenery and Tangerine Tango. This year’s color is called Living Coral…

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A Garden Trend We Love

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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All-America Selections for 2018

Each year, new plants are tested at almost 200 public and university gardens around the country to help choose plants that will be labeled All-America Selections winners. These plants are considered stalwart performers either all over the United States or for a specific region, and generally an AAS label means the plant is going to…

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Hot Off the Press: Planting in a Post-Wild World

This book review originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Don’t reach for Planting in a Post-Wild World if you’re looking for reassuring recommendations for what to plant later this spring. Despite its lush color photos, relaxed layout and elegant styling, these people are calling for revolution—one that is bound to be controversial…

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Garden Trends for 2017

Now that Pantone has named its Color of the Year, and it’s green, it’s no surprise that gardening is on the cutting edge of many trends today. Each year, the Garden Media Group, a PR firm serving the horticulture industry, unveils the trends it is spotting for the year ahead. Based on new items I’m…

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Presidential Plants

The presidential election will be over tomorrow, and not a moment too soon for many Americans. So let’s take a break from the rhetoric and revelations and think about presidents of the past and the plants they have had named for them. It’s an impressive list of both presidents and plants. Ever since Carl Linneaus…

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Color Trends in the Garden

Each year, Pantone, a company that categorizes colors for designers, selects a Color of the Year. The selection usually gets a lot of media attention and is a good hint as to what kinds of colors you will see for the summer clothing, home decor, drapes and sheets on sale in Target and other retailers.…

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Garden Trends for 2016

It’s fun to see all the garden trends that marketers and other soothsayers are predicting. Another way to  find out about what’s new in gardening is to see the kinds of presentations that are being made at garden shows and hort days around the state. You can get a sneak peak at many of the…

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Art in Bloom: Macy's Flower Show

Whether you are an art lover or a plant aficionado, the Macy’s Flower Show this year is well worth a visit. I am both a plant and art lover, so it was extra fun to see how the designers from Macy’s and Bachman’s (a partner in the event) matched the paintings chosen with plants. By…

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Garden Trend: Trees that Look Like Taylor Swift

‘Tis the season for horticulture days, spring flings and assorted other garden events. Saturday I had a chance to attend the District 7 Spring Fling, where Northern Gardener horticulture editor Debbie Lonnee discussed some of the new plants that will be introduced this year and over the next few years. (You can read Debbie’s picks…

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