Sudden Burst of Spontaneous Insight: The Next Big Plant Trend
Sudden burst of spontaneous insight: the next Big Trend In Plants--because we're approaching the time when we're all going to start feeling succulents are a little played out--the Next Big Trend will be: The Shrubbery. (No, NOT Begonias).
Shrubs that reach a manageable size without much trimming, and then stay that way (more or less) for years and years. Combinations of texture and form in various shades of green and variegation, with touches of bronze, chartreuse and such mixed in. Steadier, less changing throughout the seasons, but also less work for overwhelmed people (are not we all, nowadays?)
Yep. I can feel it.
We passionate gardeners will all want gardens that look like the gardens of people who don't garden. The difference will be that our shrubs will be trendier than their shrubs.
Far less care and time than all those perennials, less climate-specific and more luxuriant than succulents, reflecting the more subdued, more anxious mood of the times.
Plus, Monty Python And The Holy Grail jokes!
The Trend after that will be easy--we'll all be dying for colors besides green, chartreuse, black, bronze, or burgundy in a few years. But that is then.