Plastic Garden Trends at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Flower Show Booth

Plastic composite decking, vertical gardens, compost bins, beehives, birdhouses, garden furniture made with recycled bottles—the latest garden trend is recycled plastics!

Plastics Make It Possible® partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show in March to highlight the growing role of plastic garden innovations in horticulture and outdoor living. At the show, the Plastics Make It Possible® team constructed a living, breathing, recycled garden oasis for show goers to enjoy and learn about the benefits of using innovative and recycled plastics in their gardens and outdoor living spaces.

The Plastics Make It Possible® exhibit showcased the following plastic garden tools, garden trends and other garden innovations:

Trex® Outdoor Furniture™ and decking is manufactured using 90% recycled HDPE, the plastic commonly found in milk jugs. The decking also incorporates recycled materials including plastic bags and wood. Both featured Trex® products resist rot, splintering and weathering because of their recycled plastic base, and provide the epitome of outdoor living and comfort.

One of the garden trends seen at the Philadelphia Flower Show was vertical gardens. These unique garden innovations grow up a wall or other vertical surface providing you with a living and changing piece of art. Innovative containers, such as Woolly Pockets, allow you to create a unique garden in your home even if you lack a backyard or green space. Made with recycled plastics, these creatively designed planters can be used inside or out.

With the American bee population drastically on the decline, urban bee keeping is a growing hobby amongst garden enthusiasts. The plastic Beehaus featured in our exhibit was especially designed to make keeping bees easier in smaller gardens and rooftops. The plastic layers used to construct the Beehaus create pockets of air so bees can maintain the 95 degrees they need to live, work and grow.

Container gardening was a huge garden trend this year, but it can be hard to move those heave terra cotta or clay pots around your home or garden. Another innovative plastic garden tool featured in our booth were Crescent Garden planters, made entirely of lightweight, durable and weather resistant plastic, but with the look of terra cotta and other heavy materials. Now you can get the look of terra cotta or clay without the weight.

While we featured some larger plastic garden tools, some of our smallest residents were our most popular. Loll Designs, known for their recycled plastic furniture, recently introduced a recycled plastic bird house with a modern flair that would be an ideal residence for any bird. Also recycled Trug Tubs by Kinsman Gardens, featured in multiple bright colors, can be used for carting around garden tools or even serving as an ice bucket at your next backyard soiree.