We love our “space” and the garden, yard, porch, deck, patio or balcony is the perfect place to develop a “zone” to enjoy. As we enter 2022 people more than ever are creating personal spaces or zones for themselves or to share with others. One of the first is the front porch and front yard. A welcoming “room” as part of your outdoor space. These porches are enhanced with planters, houseplants, comfy outdoor furniture, décor, lighting, hanging baskets and color. Colorful planted containers help us define a space and set it off as welcoming and rewarding living “zone” to enjoy.A large majority of people believe that an available outdoor living space, front or backyard is a space that encourages them to be more active. 77% of home purchasers feel no backyard is a deal breaker. And there is good reason for that. Those with a backyard or outdoor living space spend 2 or more hours per week outside than those who don’t. It’s about living, working, playing, entertaining. Our gardens, our plants are not a hobby, they are a lifestyle. And plants make OUR living space visually more inviting to our neighbors making the community a friendlier more welcoming place. And why not? Statistics show that 25% have watered a neighbors plants while they are away! Plants bring us together.As we enter 2022 these trends continue to prevail in our living spaces: · Edibles · Gardening for wildlife (pollinators and birds) · Plants and gardens for stress relief, mental health and healing · Seed starting · Cutting flower gardensFlowering shrubs that are low maintenance with long lasting blooms are not only a trend, but the available variety expands on a yearly basis. And don’t forget the indoor zone or space with the continued popularity and recognition of the importance of houseplants. With the popularity of container gardening outdoors, the same is happening indoors with grouping of houseplants in the same pot as opposed to having many individual pots. Flowering houseplants like Anthurium, Orchids or Bromeliads also are popular as they bring more long lived joy than cut flowers. The color “clover green” has been singled out as a trendy color for 2022. There is no doubt the past couple years have been challenging for many worldwide, and shades of green symbolize renewal, rebirth and stability. From lush leafy plants like Ornamental grasses to Evergreens and Groundcovers to Vines the color green is an integral color as we create our beautiful spaces.