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Top 5 Gardening Trends for 2018

posted by Hannah April 17, 2018 2 Comments

Everything seems to be coming up roses when it comes to the popularity of 2018’s home gardening trends.

Maybe it’s because this year’s trends gets down to the root of gardening relevancy. Go back to the basics. Pick a landscape best suited for your climate. Find the best spot for planting. Give them a bit of food and water when needed. Enjoy all the fruits of your labor. Create a space for relaxation and reflection.

Whether you’re in need of a complete landscape do-over or a few updates, 2018 provides great trends for the novice or green-thumb gardeners alike. We’ve compiled a list of the top trends from the experts in this field. They provide insight into how you can plant these trends into your home garden now.

Go Back to Nature

The common theme for this year’s gardening trends boils down to balance. Create the beauty of nature through nurturing practices.

This includes the overall 2018 home design trend of Wabi-Sabi. This Japanese art of seeing beauty in imperfections inspires a new way to look at gardening. It offers a more hands-off approach that takes the focus off of achieving western perfectionism. It offers an overall acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, death, and decay.

The key is incorporating it in a way so you can sit back, relax and reflect in finding the beauty in the imperfections of your garden. This includes overgrown shrubbery, perennials, moss-covered stones, rusty iron gates and weathered pots for keeping with this trend.

Pull off this look by investing in a low-maintenance, “bedhead” garden design. Consider plants and items that will change over time and with the seasons. Include a tree with textured or peeling bark. Plant flowers that display their seed pods during autumn. Leave the dried leaves that have fallen under a small tree.

Plant the Seed

Some might argue the year 2018 is all about mindfulness. This buzzword is rooted in the ancient Buddhist tradition of immersing yourself in the present moment. It also has a strong influence on how we design and appreciate our gardens for 2018.

Focus on elements that stimulate the senses. This includes accents of calming blues and energizing yellows. For example, create a relaxing atmosphere with pots of strongly-scented therapeutic lavender and a water feature. Or, create a layout designed to bring out the garden’s sights and sounds.

A modern “Zen” design features a mix of opposing forces, such as succulent planting set amid smooth stones. The layout is balanced among furniture and placement settings such as a shaded corner for enjoying sights and sounds.

This is also a great way to add meditation to your garden. Consider creating a path or walkway leading to your sitting area to inspire and encourage self-reflection. Quick tip? If you’re an early riser, try placing a bench to the east so you can watch the sun come up before a busy day.

Enjoy a Land of Plenty

Chowing down on your yard is part of a popular design trend in the world of gardening.

This includes so much more than your average vegetable garden. More and more gardeners are trading in the high-maintenance plants for decorative, edible flora and fauna. Herbs, fruit, nuts, and berries are filling out the list of options.

Adopting this trend has plenty of savings benefits beyond a lowered grocery bill. Often, these areas equally self-sustaining. Consider an easily grown variety to grant you time and energy while also rewarding your taste buds. Chives have blue to pink, globe-shaped flower clusters with lots of onion flavor. Bean flowers add color and flavor to salads or garnish to soups. Soybeans such as edamame offer a fresh-off-the-vine flavor with stand-out appeal.

Not a bean lover? No, problem. Eat the bean leaves. They have a similar taste to kale and other young greens. Or, you could be unknowingly growing a perfectly edible plant known to those on the other side of the globe. These include pansy and viola (or Johnny jump-up), flowers that have fresh, wintergreen-like flavor that’s great for desserts. Nasturtium is becoming known for its spicy flowers, and peppery foliage is edible as well.

Take a Water Break

Although 2018 has already seen its fair share of unpredictable weather patterns, weather experts across the board are predicting an incredibly hot summer for most of the country. This means worsening drought conditions for nearly the entire country, with above-normal temperatures dominating most of June, July, and August.

Because of this, plus several other factors pertaining to needed conservation practices, it’s no surprise landscapes built to withstand both flood and drought conditions are gaining popularity. Luckily, most homeowners are finding an easy transition from high-maintenance plants to equally beautiful and exceedingly resilient native and adapted counterparts.

Succulents, for example, are tough to beat when it comes to both drought-tolerance and good looks. Echeveria, a large plant native to Central America, offers a great mix of beauty and strong textural appeal. A fishbone cactus offers a trailing of rick-rack patterned leaves that’s gained popularity for its foliage alone. These plants prove resiliency with a penchant for humid temperatures. They can get by on partial sunlight or filtered light.

Consider a butterfly bush. These contain twice the color, with sweet fragrant flowers. The lure brings a host of colorful insects including butterflies and hummingbirds flitting and zipping to and from the garden. They are resistant to both drought and deer. Their flowers hold up from summer all the way through fall.

On the flip-side, finding plants to withstand the unpredictable side of weather is about as equally important these days. Try adding wetland plants such as foxglove to areas in your yard prone to flooding. These pretty, ornamental plants are ok with having a few wet feet.

Gardeners are also showing an increased interest in rain gardens designed to capture and absorb rainwater. These functional, in-ground depressions are great for handling the in-between periods of heavy rains commonly found between dry spells.

Put Down Roots

Really, when it comes to spending time in your garden, you’re already following a major trend in the world of mental health.

Dedicating time to relaxing in the garden is healthy. Whether or not you have a green thumb makes little to no difference. This is a hobby with proven benefits offering an escape from the busy, hectic, chaotic events of our everyday lives. Add a bit of “Nature’s RX” to any part of your life, and you can reap the benefits both physically and mentally.

Do you spend time in the garden? What do you enjoy most about this hobby? Any particular tips and tricks for perfecting a green thumb? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave an answer in the comment section below. 

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