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Patterned foliage and other trends

It’s going to be a fashionable year for your porch, patio and garden. Some of the trends appear to have crossed over from the runways and maybe even your own closet.

Dotted foliage? Very chic.

Velvet? It goes beyond holiday parties (and sofa upholstery). The Proven Winners website shows a petunia called ‘Royal Velvet’ and a begonia named ‘Velvet Red.’ And who can resist a Russian sage dubbed ‘Denim ‘n Lace’?

Transparent fabrics? They’re not just for the runways. Sheer outdoor curtains can be a nice finishing touch for your porch or gazebo – and a lot less tricky to pull off than the sheer T-shirts and diaphanous dresses shown by designers for Spring 2018.

Here are some of the garden trends I’ve been reading about for the coming season:

• Patterned foliage: Monrovia plant growers included patterned foliage in its list of trends for 2018. “There’s no denying that plants with foliage patterned with dots, dashes, stripes and slashes have been spotted everywhere. Case in point? A 533 percent increase in ‘saves’ of patterned plants to Pinterest in 2017.” And you thought stripes were just for shirts.

• Purple. Violet and other shades of purple were spotted on the fashion runways for Spring 2018 at Michael Kors, Tibi, Victoria Beckham and elsewhere. Pantone named Ultra Violet its color of the year for 2018.

Now I see that purple has landed on the 2018 Garden Trends Report from the Garden Media Group. Only instead of breezy purple dresses, we’re talking purple cauliflower, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple carrots and other healthy purple foods. Obviously, purple in the garden can go well beyond flowers.

Purple is a hot color in fashion right now, and purple vegetables will continue to be a popular - and healthy - choice in 2018. (Credit: Ryan Notch/Dreamstime/Tribune News Service)

• Upcycled planters. As points out on its 2018 garden trends list: More gardeners “are looking for ways to reuse items they may already have lying around, saving themselves from clutter and the items from the landfill.”

The example shown: Tall rain boots repurposed as a planter (after adding drainage holes, that is).

Similarly, stiletto heel and moss-covered handbag planters have been available for years.

• Bedhead gardens: This one cracks me up. What’s a bedhead garden? explains it this way:

A bedhead garden is “an informal planting method that relies on easy-care and native plants that look good without all the extra work.”

You will also find fashion-inspired outdoor accessories. features the “Beetle Fashion” outdoor throw pillow from Deny Designs designed by Marta Spendowska. The pattern combines images of beetles and women done in a fashion illustrative style. Other outdoor pillow patterns feature perfume bottles or feathers.

Of course the garden has long inspired fashion and jewelry designers. But it’s fun to look at the flip side – fashion entering your garden and outdoor living space.

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