paint colors and fashion, gardening trends come and go.
2017, gardening trends range from clean, healthy living
with fewer chemicals and more organic food to
"sound-scaping" with trees to buffer sirens
and birds to bring song.
see a lot of growth in the coming years for
gardening," says Katie Dubow, creative director at
the Garden Media Group, a marketing group that tracks
and promotes national gardening trends.
youíre growing, wherever youíre growing it, the
ability to garden year-round just makes this category so
much more relevant. And access to healthy food,
year-round, will be a game-changer.
is my favorite trend. In the next two years, experts
estimate people will carry an average of eight
subscription services. Do you know the two biggest
reasons people donít garden? Time and knowledge. The
delivery model can solve both of those and get more
people gardening. Gardening subscriptions offer a simple
and convenient service for a beginner to start gardening
without being overwhelmed by choice or lack of
knowledge. Plus, they offer an experienced gardener
access to unique or new varieties they hadnít tried
before. So many industries are playing the game, itís
time for gardening to get involved."
more gardening gurus share their thoughts on 2017
important millennial market force that wants to grow
their own food, teas, cocktails, beer and medicine is
expect to continue, according to Tish Llaneza of
Countryside Gardens in Hampton, Va. Llaneza shops in
Atlanta and Baltimore annually and attends nationwide
seminars to keep up with national trends.
million of the six million new gardeners last year were
18-34-year-olds, according to the 2016 National
Gardening Report," she says. "New technology
makes growing 365 days a year easy, affordable and
instance, indoor gardening ó growing under lights in
soil, hydroponically or aquaponically ó is becoming
more common. From growing arugula to bok choy, clean
fresh food will be available to plant, pick and plate
every season. From herbal tea gardens on the window sill
and healing herbs under lights to vitamin-packed
microgreens on the kitchen counter, medicinal gardens
are blooming indoors.
the other end, Baby Boomers are keeping only those
things that speak to their heart," she says.
"They are taking the plunge and discarding all the
rest. By doing this, they can reset their life and
embark on a new lifestyle."
reigns important with Americans, who now demand to know
what is in and on their food ó and where it comes
from, Llaneza adds.
demand for organic, locally sourced food now far exceeds
the supply," she says.
is an expensive investment, whether you do it yourself
or have someone create it for you. Your yard is also a
natural reflection of the world where you live, so make
it as natural as you can. Natural stone gives you the
best of both worlds: value for your money and longevity
in looks and feel.
hardscaping, such as stone, will last a lifetime, says
Peggy Krapf of Heartís Ease Landscape & Garden
Design in Williamsburg, Va. An added bonus is it doesnít
need water and deer never eat it.
also goes well with mixing old with new and repurposing
objects in the landscape, adds Krapf.
love gardens with personality and gardeners who use
things they love in creative ways," she says
can become water features, fences can become areas to
display collections, a childís wagon can become a
portable garden and old broken pots can be partly buried
in the ground with flowers spilling out of them onto the
isnít always easy to eliminate the lawn in a yard,
especially on a large property, Krapf notes.
there are many ways to minimize the amount of turf grass
used. Create large planting beds, exaggerate wood lines
and natural areas, and create patios and walkways can
all reduce turf in the landscape.
small areas, ground covers and low growing plants can
take the place of grass, often in addition to stepping
stones and pathways," she says.
youíre trying to attract pollinators to your yard or
add more diversity to the overall species count in your
neighborhood, sustainability experts are now urging home
gardeners to consider which plants and planting
combinations will provide continued food and shelter to
wildlife, long after we humans have wrapped up the
gardening season, according to Randy Schultz of Shultz
Communications, a gardening public relations specialist
in Santa Fe, N.M.
instance, American Meadows offers many types of flower
seeds and flowering plants that attract pollinators to
your yard and garden. Bee the Change seed packets
contain an assortment of wildflower seeds that bring
hummingbirds and bees. On a similar note, the Monarch
Magnet Perennial Garden attracts and supports monarch
gardeners who want to branch out into different realms,
these trends are growing in popularity:
your own hops is a natural step for the beer enthusiast
who wants to experiment with the freshest, most local
ingredients possible, according to Grace Chapman Elton,
horticulture director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
in Richmond, Va. Itís also fun to watch hops grow;
however, you do need to have ample space and provide a
structure for support for the prolific flowering vines.
continue to be popular for busy gardeners because they
have great form and color and require little
maintenance. Many new varieties are entering the market.
natural dye gardens are a thing, according to Elton. The
do it yourself spirit now extends to growing plants to
dye your own textiles and clothing. Whether itís using
marigolds for a golden yellow or cosmos for a bright
orange hue, itís just one more way to enjoy your
the best news is that many vegetables and
pollinator-attracting plants are also great for dyeing.