While spring florals are hardly groundbreaking, one emerging trend is adding dark, moody plants to your garden. Lowe’s has seen an increasing demand for plants with dark foliage, like Black Diamond crape myrtles and loropetalums, which have eggplant-purple leaves and pink flowers. It’s an edgier look than the typical bright greens and pastel blooms that tend to announce spring’s arrival, but don’t take it as a sure sign that Addams Family decor is on the rise.
“It’s all about personal expression,” says Lowe’s gardening expert and North Carolina store manager Gary McCoy. “We’re trying to be different, tossing out the traditional and adding a bit of personality.”
Right now, especially, the chance to mix up your garden can be a creative outlet, a way to be productive while trying new things (especially since Lowe’s and many other stores sell plants online, so you don’t have to set foot in a store).