It's that time of year when everyone is reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. Experts in every field are making predictions for the trends we will see, including the garden industry.
From looking at popular colors we will see in plantings to growing trends of new technology and tools that will be used, to how garden spaces will be used and designed, they are making lots of predictions.
Here are a few of the trends we have seen stand out across all of these experts:
- Creating a "Garden of Eden," or a garden that is filled with life and activity. Youcan achieve this by combining your edible crops in with your ornamental plants, adding lots of pollinator and bird-friendly plants, and adding bird feeders and bird baths to help keep life coming to your yard.
- Climate Resilient Gardening is a trend we have seen popping up the last few years. Climate resilient gardening is using lots of drought tolerant plants and landscape design to help prevent having to use too much water to keep your garden looking its best. It ties-in well with other trends we saw that include creating natural stone pathways throughout your garden, and planting more native plants which helps with attracting wildlife, helping create that Garden of Eden.
- Create texture using foliage plants. While flowers have a lot of texture and color, they don't last forever! Adding foliage to your gardens, like ferns, coleus, fuzzy lambs ear and ornamental grasses, can add lots of visual interest at all various heights that last all season long.
- Greek Gardens will make a comeback in 2023. Designing your garden or landscape to reflect Greek gardens means incorporating deocrative pea gravel, greek architectual features anmd containers throughout your garden, and drought tolerant plants. This trend is supported by the Garden Media Group who have chosen to see terracotta as the color of 2023.
- Colors for 2023: As we said, Garden Media Group chose terracotta as the color of the year. This color is one that many gardeners are familir with and a natural tone that is easy to incorporate in your yard. Pantone chooses a color each year as well, one that you will see in a number of industries like fashion, interior design and marketing. They chose Viva Magenta as the 2023 color of the year, representing optimisim and vigor. Using terracotta and Viva Magenta together in your garden can bring lots of warm tones to your summer gardens.
- Garden Tech: Technology is changing all aspects of our lives, including our yardwork. Not only do we now have self-driving lawnmowers, but there are other apps you can use to help with watering your lawn and even a weeding robot called from Tertill.There's also a big push to move towards electric machinery, called the Tesla effect. From lawnmowers to leaf blowers, the industry is moving away from gas-powered machines, being more green with the type of power use for your yardwork.
- Plants of the Year: Each year, the National Garden Bureau names a few different plants of the year. These plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The plants of the years are as follows:
- Perennial of the Year: Rudbeckia
- Annual of the Year: Celosia
- Bulb of the Year: Amaryllis
- Edible of the Year: Broccoli
- Shrub of the Year: Spirea
- Houseplant of the Year: Orchid