Our 2017 hort trend predictions weren’t clear trends, but there are plant predictions. Let’s take a look at how accurate they were over the course of 2017. These lists were originally comprised of data from various growers and publications.
The Top 5 Annuals For 2017 Hort Trend Predictions
- Begonia Annuals
The Top 10 Perennials For 2017 Hort Trend Predictions
So, how did we do?
First of all, as mentioned in last week’s 2018 trend predictions blog, zen gardens and mental wellness are growing in popularity. So, lavender, echinacea, violas, and hibiscus were all particularly on trend this year. These plants make for easy combinations that also serve double duty. Hibiscus, echinacea, and lavender in particular are used in mindful cooking or tea brewing. Many meditators brew tea as a part of their practice.¬†
Leafy greens such as swiss cheese plant and spider plants trended with millennials. Particularly on Instagram, these plants create a serene atmosphere. Succulents and airplanes also remained popular with this age group. When targeting budding gardeners, pay attention to the pulse of social media.
Many of the predictions are classic options. While dahlias, petunias, and salvia was on store shelves, have they ever not been? Although accurate, these predictions are like saying water will be on trend for gardeners.
Overall, these predictions are accurate, but they also didn’t capture what gardeners wanted in 2017. By missing the leafy plant trend, social sharing was completely overlooked. I give it a score of 70%.
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