Trend: Shelved Gardens

Shelved gardens of geraniums by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com

A couple of months back I was chatting with a new garden friend when she openly wondered what the next big garden trend will be.  I have to admit — while I look for design trends all the time…I hadn’t thought much about the big arcs of our collective garden specific tastes.  I think it is fair to say that vertical gardening isn’t the new kid on the block anymore.  It’s here to stay, but you can’t be new forever.  So what next?

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I think that the answer to her question might be a twist on the idea of vertical gardens — Shelved Gardens.   They are kind of like vertical gardens (in that the point is to fill a vertical space with plants) but different.  Admittedly, the idea of putting plants on shelves is not new…but doing it outside of the retail environment or for any other reason than purely for the sake of necessity is (at least a little) an original twist.

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Will we soon be combining the succulent trend with ever more interesting containers and then combining the containers to create ever more  vertical visual appeal?

shelved garden trend via www.pithandvigor.com

Tiered plant stands had a moment when I was kid (I remember seeing them in many friends homes in the 70’s) – but like all good fashion…they went out at some point but I think are now on their way back in but with new and refreshed style.

garden shelves by Borella Design via www.pithandvigor.com
garden shelves by Borella Design via www.pithandvigor.com

The variation and style choices are endless.   The shelves, the containers, the plant choices and how you mix and match them together, provide infinite options for self-expression.  These are just a few that have caught my eye recently.  The one above perhaps being my favorite — it looks like it takes some inspiration from a library…and the idea of having a library of potted plants sounds good to me.

So, do we have the making of a big new garden trend?  Shelved Gardens?  What do you think?

images: top to bottom – rochelle greayer, littleyard, fabulous minds, and AT casa

 

 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

6 Comments

  1. Kris P on April 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I think you may have something there. I immediately began thinking “now where could I put one of those?”

  2. amy on April 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Oh, the old is new again! Yes, shelving is a wonderful way to display plants, haven’t the French been doing it for years? I like the look.

  3. Matt on May 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I concur with amy. This may be on trend again, but it’s definitely been around before.

    • amy on May 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Matt,
      Glad to have company on this opinion!
      Cheers,

  4. Susan on May 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Interesting! I like the ladder display of plants. Thanks for sharing.

  5. felicity waters on June 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    love this post. I agree. In fact I am combining the shelf concept with a vertical garden product – a wally five . I recently picked up a black iron work plant shelf (with sides) from my local thrift shop – beautiful 1950s lace work – BUT i find the shelf a bit restictive – it creates a very small space for a pot – am convinced I need larger rootballs to enable beautiful cascading plants to soften the iron work – so am planning to line the shelf with an old wally 5 –

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