Garden trends, why so many different predictions?

As a gardener, I usually stick with tried and true garden products and landscaping plants. As a writer of garden topics, I like looking at what other people are doing. So each year, I research landscaping and garden trends to see what is popular. In doing so, I find many different predictions. Here’s why.

Assembling information

Many people seek information about the garden industry. Growers want to know the trends to determine what and how much to have ready for garden centers. Garden centers want to know current garden trends to plan purchasing. Writers of garden topics for newspaper, magazines or online outlets want to know about garden trends to share with the public.

No matter who is looking for information, they may contact different sources to compile garden trend reports. Because garden trends in Arizona are not going to be the same as garden trends in Maine, when you are seeking information, look for reports generated regionally. The sources of that information may come from any or all of the following.

Garden center plant sales reports

What you buy for the current planting season may contribute to what other people buy the next season. It is a case of popularity. The popularity of the plant may be pushed through merchant advertising. Marketing products is a strong way to increase demand and influence trends in gardening.

Once a part of your landscape design, those seeing the plant may feel a need to add the same plant to their landscape design. A domino affect is created, increasing sales and adding to a purchasing trend.

Garden center product sales reports

Garden products, such as flower pots or garden tools, can experience the same range of popularity as the plant purchases referenced above. Merchant advertising may see its greatest success through garden magazines or gardening TV shows to depict the product in action.

Landscape design services

Landscape design services typically focus on non-edible plants in their design products. However, with the rising awareness in the benefits of vegetable gardening, landscapers are wise to include non-traditional ideas toward planting food for the table. Mixing flowers or landscape objects (like a gazing ball, fountain or art object) with vegetables plants, or setting plants in non-traditional fashions such as in circles or curves can set a design precedence that becomes a gardening trend.

Surveys
The results of mailed or internet-based surveys conducted by garden centers or producers of garden magazines also provide a source of information to show current buying trends.