As schedules, budgets – and even our weather – get more extreme, Tesselaar Plants predicts we’ll continue to expecting more and more from our plants. Here are four trends shaped by this theme, and how they’ll affect gardeners in 2013.
Interiorscaping More people are bringing plants indoors – for their beauty, mood-boosting oxygen and air-filtering abilities. Some houseplants are particularly good filters, like Chinese evergreen, English ivy, golden pothos, spider plants, Boston fern, marginata, peace lily, Areca palm, aloe vera and snake plant. In colder climates, Festival Burgundy cordyline is a great patio-to-houseplant choice, with its burgundy foliage and ability to withstand dry, forced-air heating.
Easy-care ‘outdoor rooms’ “People want plants that are easy to grow and aren’t fussy,” says Kerry Michaels, Container Gardening Guide for About.com. “Succulents are popular all over the country and are a perfect example of beautiful, interesting and easy to grow.” Many hardscaped outdoor spaces, she adds, need focal points and softening with high-impact, low-care plants in larger planters. She recommends the colorfully foliaged Tropicanna® cannas.
Quality over price In the March 2012 Garden Trends Research Report by the Garden Writers Association Foundation, 49 percent of respondents valued quality over price; 27 percent valued price over quality. One indication of quality, says Tesselaar Plants cofounder and president Anthony Tesselaar, is awards from impartial, revered organizations. “I’d love for people to know about all the Flower Carpet® roses that have been awarded Germany’s All Deutschland Rose designation – the world’s highest honor for natural disease resistance.”
Extreme weather After 2012’s record-breaking drought and Super Storm Sandy, gardeners want weather-proof plants. Tesselaar recommends the Next Generation series of Flower Carpet roses, which received high marks in the Dallas Arboretum’s plant trials in intense heat and humidity, as did the Storm™ series of agapanthus – the only agapanthus to survive the trials.
So this year, advises Tesselaar, do your homework and choose your plants wisely. Otherwise, you risk wasting time and money on replacements.