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Versatility on trend in the garden


May 13, 2013
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

May 13, 2013, Toronto — Spring is finally upon us, and this year, a recurring theme emerging is the idea of modern and versatile gardening.

 
“One of the biggest trends we are seeing in gardens is the idea of adaptable gardening in our modern world,” said Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario. “The world is changing; spaces are getting smaller, people have less time and are more concerned for the environment than ever before. As a result, gardens have had to evolve to survive."
 
Flanagan broke down how these changes are affecting gardening, and was able to pinpoint the following four trends that have emerged:
 
Dynamic doorsteps

In 2013, we are going to see amazing "containers to go" from garden centres. These containers are full of tropical flower power and complemented with perennial foliage and trailing ivy's. With a few seasonal plant changes, homeowners will be able to have inviting entranceways all season long.

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H2O

With the environment front and center for this year and in the future, look out for water-saving ideas including rain barrels, smart sprinkler systems, and rain harvesting techniques. Don’t forget the pleasure that can be gained from well-designed eco-friendly waterfalls, ponds and bog gardens.

Urban farming

From upside down tomato planters to spuds in a tub, vegetable gardeners have more options than ever to grow and harvest their own bountiful harvest with the added comfort that they know the exact source of the produce.  The five-mile diet just got a little closer.

Healthy horticulture

Spending time outside benefits people of all ages and this year’s modern garden designs will include areas to relax, play, exercise, eat, entertain and enjoy nature. In today's stressful, modern world, heeding the sage advice "take time to smell the roses" has never been more important.
 
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is comprised of over 2,000 members, ten sector groups and nine local chapters. Its trade mission is to promote the horticulture industry in Ontario, and its public mission is to promote the joys and benefits of green spaces.


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