This week I had the opportunity to speak at the Landscape Show, which is an annual event for garden professionals held in London. It’s always a great event for listening to informative speakers, meeting people and finding new products and this year was no exception. I spoke alongside Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design and Gynelle Leon of Prick, on the subject of indoor planting and I promised on social media to report back on what were predicted as new houseplant trends over the next 12 months, so here they are;
1. Fake plants
Say what now? Yes, some people are realising they don’t have time or they just don’t want to look after plants, but they still want to embrace the plant aesthetic. They can still achieve the look with artificial plants whilst avoiding the potential mess and trouble that can come with real plants. I’m predicting artificial plants will become more widely available and better looking; the feature picture is of one I took this week that isn’t half bad if you stand at a distance and squint…
2. Plant Collections/Specialisation
When the houseplant trend emerged and people got hooked on buying plants, we were all like kids in a sweetshop, unable to resist every new and exciting variety that came onto the market. This meant that as time went by, our collections became more disparate and we ran out of spaces in our homes into which we could squeeze plants. In future, as people become more seasoned plant connoisseurs I can see us gradually refining our houseplant collections to contain more rare or prized specimens with some people specialising in one plant group or even opting to collect plants from one particular genera.
3. Specimen Plants
Again, this involves rationalising our burgeoning plant collections and choosing one key plant to go in a room or with a particular piece of furniture, for example. This key plant will be selected carefully bearing in mind things such as the environmental conditions surrounding the plant, its eventual size, etc. and it’s likely that people will be prepared to spend large sums of money in order to purchase the perfect statement plant.
4. Indoor Aquatics
This trend started a year or so ago with marimo balls and some intrepid pioneers are testing out how we can successfully grow more aquatic plants indoors and are pushing the creative boundaries using these plants (search #aquascape on Instagram for inspiration that may or may not include fish). This trend appeals to those who like the technology and science side of growing plants indoors and are not afraid to create elaborate set-ups in order to keep their plants happy.
5. Container Planting
Rather than displaying plants in individual pots, I can see people creating planting schemes in larger containers, using plants that require similar growing conditions. I’ve been planting up containers using combinations of multiple indoor plants for a couple of years now and I can’t believe the trend hasn’t caught on yet. When it does though, I think it will be huge. We just need to think beyond the boundaries of the terrarium when it comes to indoor container planting. Come on, who’s with me?
6. Plant Swaps
Anyone who’s propagated a succulent from a dropped leaf or potted up a plantlet knows that when your houseplants start reproducing you can suddenly find yourself with an embarrassment of riches. As people get more adventurous with their propagation I can see a growing need for places to offload unwanted plants. Swap meets or opportunities to gift plants away will become a more common sight as we increasingly find ourselves with surplus plants.
So those are my predictions. Please comment below if you can see any trends on the horizon for the coming year, I’d love to hear your thoughts, and thanks for reading.