While gardening has been described as the slowest of the performing arts fashions change and what was trendy last year is often now regarded as old hat. This list is a collection of the opinions of leading garden designers and retailers for the coming year. Predictions range from using more old fashioned materials, color blocking, new style lawns to natural dye gardens. These forecasts and more come from an article by Pam Penick which I found on the Garden Design Magazine website.

Dubbed the slowest of the performing arts, gardening can seem trend proof. After all, you can?t hurry an oak?s progress from acorn to shade tree, and making a garden isn?t like buying a new throw rug for your home but rather stitching a few glimmering threads of your own into nature?s rich tapestry. And yet tastes do change in gardening, as your once-obsessed African violet-growing parents or grandparents could tell you. Those who work with the buying public are especially attuned to what?s hot and what?s not. With that in mind, we asked designers and retailers across the country to share the biggest trends they anticipate for 2017. Here are 10 trends they say we?ll be seeing more of.
Natural Materials
After years of minimalist dominance in hardscaping materials, furniture, and decor, designers are noticing renewed interest in natural materials and a less geometric style. Designer Julie Blakeslee at Big Red Sun in Austin, Texas, says, ?Rather than clean and modern, clients are asking for a more old-fashioned, more DIY look in their gardens. We?ve been using railway ties, free-form decks, smaller outdoor furniture, and swing seating. I think clients are looking for something more authentic and real. The Dwell look has been replicated so many times. People may be yearning for something more organic in their gardens.?

Hoerr Schaudt Garden in Chicago's Lincoln Park Hoerr Schaudt Chicago, IL

An ipe swing bench and curvy chairs along a winding gravel path make inviting spots for relaxation. Project by Hoerr Schaudt in Chicago, Il. Photo by: Scott Shigley.

Richard Hartlage of Seattle-based Land Morphology also sees a heightened interest in natural, tactile materials like wood and stone for the built elements of a garden. ?People are moving away from concrete unless it?s an ultra-modern, minimalist garden,? he says.

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