The horticulture company’s 2012 Garden Trends Survey predicts that high value, water-wise plants, along with small water features and Mediterranean style gardens, will loom large over the coming 12 months.
The survey is based on the views of several top industry experts.
Rain gardens will also feature strongly in 2012.
"Many gardeners are catching their own rainwater in rain barrels and cleaning or recycling grey water - wastewater from domestic activities like laundry, dishwashing and bathing" said Tesselaar International co-founder and president Anthony Tesselaar.
Other predicted trends for 2012 according to the Garden Trends Survey include:
- - Amber shades, such as ‘amber heucheras’, the amber Flower Carpet roses, and other plants with amber tones will be big in nurseries next year.
- - Low risk, high-value plants will grow in popularity as shoppers become smarter, seeking plants which not only look good, but have a tried and true reputation.
- - Smaller water features will come into fashion as people move away from large ponds because of the high maintenance.
- - Fountains made with natural stone or metal will become hotter sellers than features made of man-made materials.
- - In colder areas, where the blooms are gone and deciduous leaves have fallen, more gardeners will keep their ornamental grasses instead of cutting them back, so they can provide winter interest.
- - Gardeners will also be looking for plants with winter berries, evergreens, barks of different colours and textures, or deciduous trees and shrubs with dramatic forms.