By Kate Karam, Monrovia
Photographs courtesy of Monrovia
Hey, we're gazing into our crystal ball and the future for gardening is well…interesting. And exciting. Here are the top 7 trends (and a few bonus ones, too) that you should be watching this year.
For the past few years we have reported on the shifting consciousness of gardeners toward an embrace of nature, the impact of all things digital in our lives, transparency in how the things that we put into our gardens are made, and a recognition of the need for sustainability in a world of finite resources. In our 2017 and 2018 trends reports we began tracking how a generation of millennials—one out of five new gardeners are millennials according to the National Gardening Association—rooted in technology was becoming more biophilic, and how that deep yearning for connection to nature was impacting issues from food waste to pollinators and water use to soil health. What we see in 2019 are the strands coming together to show a compelling path forward.
In 2019 the biggest trend in the gardening world is letting nature nurture us. We're increasingly aware of how plants and gardening enhance our lives and connect us to something both ancient and modern—the rhythm of the natural world. And this is only the beginning of a sea change in how we view ourselves in relation to the natural world, and as gardeners do our part to protect it.
(We've been proven right in 2017 and 2018. Let's see what happens in 2019!)
The Considered Garden: The same trends that millennials are driving across consumer brands—transparency, sustainability, hand-crafted, experiential, and authenticity—are showing up in gardens and garden centers nationwide.
Architecture Rules: Garden designers will use plants with plenty of intriguing, often formal, shapes, forms, textures, and branching habits within otherwise naturalistic gardens, resulting in a delightful yin-yang sort of effect.
Desperately Seeking Season: Seasonal changes that are less distinct and predictable marked by longer summers and shorter winters, gardens that dramatically, graphically evolve over the seasons are becoming even more prized.
Do it For Me!: Consumer research has identified a growing segment of "Do It for Me" homeowners who want the beauty and seasonal rhythm of a landscaped space, but may not have the time to make this happen.
Working Overtime: With home lots getting smaller and less time for gardening, consumers are snapping up "one and done" plants that do double or even triple duty in the landscape.
One Stop Garden Shop: Seeking more than the free wifi and caffeine buzz offered at your local coffee shop, consumers are flocking to garden centers as a newer, fresher take on the "third place."
Into the Woods: Cool, mossy, and damp, small space woodland gardens bring a welcome sense of organic zen and a respite from digital overload, especially in dense urban areas where they can help to mitigate the effects of pollution.
Other trends worth watching include colors turning to the brighter side, the return of televised gardening programming, all-green gardens (yes, they're coming back), and urban gardens that are as prized as any estate landscape.
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