Earlier this year, we brought you top gardening trends for the year.
Gardeners today seek to dig in the garden with a specific purpose in mind, such as planting to attract pollinators or cutting flowers for endless bouquets. Gardeners also want to dig into their gardens with native and locally sourced ornamental and edible plants.
As the year has unfolded, we’ve gathered more midyear gardening trends to tell you about.
Top 6 Midyear Gardening Trends:
1. Haute houseplants
The trend of creating oxygen-rich spaces with houseplants inside the home is all the rage right now. This has given rise to decorating with houseplants with dramatic foliage.
Houseplants with bold texture, from fiddle leaf figs to monstera, or the split leaf philodendron, bring depth while purifying the air in your home.
Later this year, new houseplants will be added to the lineup at your local The Home Depot Garden Center, including ZZ plants with dramatic black coloring.
And just in time for back-to-school and dorm decorating, expect to see the Pilea peperomioides, pictured on the far left.
With its rounded leaves, this plant lives up to its common name, the sharing plant. When it sprouts baby plants by the roots, just break them off, pot them up and share with family, friends and neighbors.
2. Houseplants in the bathroom
Another trend around houseplants: putting them in the bathroom to help create a spa-like atmosphere.
3. Unusual edibles
- Purple Basil: Gorgeous in the garden and on the plate, purple basil brings an unexpected alternative to “regular” basil.
- Red Ghost Pepper: Registering at over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale of pungency, grow these red ghost peppers if you dare.
- Tepin Chili Pepper: This plant with its tiny, round, shiny and colorful peppers, almost looks like it’s decorated with Christmas lights. These peppers, while extremely hot, also look attractive to birds.
- Bonnie Centennial Tomato: To mark Bonnie Plants’ 100th anniversary this year, Garden Centers are filled with this tasty red slicer with excellent disease resistance.
- Lemongrass: A wonderful, citrusy herb for cooking, lemongrass grows like an ornamental grass, so it also looks great in the landscape.
- Chocolate Mint: An unexpected, delicious alternative to the typical mint herb. It tastes amazing atop desserts, or savor it in tea.
See how to prep your garden for vegetables so you’ll have lots of edibles into fall.
4. Everything for the birds
With more attention on pollinators and gardening for wildlife, birds are flying into the picture. Gardeners want to attract birds to their outdoor spaces with birdhouses, bird baths, bird feeders and brightly colored flowers because of their fringe benefits.
Attract birds and you just might hear the cheery whistles of the American Robin or the cascading notes of a wren, among the benefits.
See how to build our DIY green roof birdhouse project pictured above.
5. Accessible gardening
Gardening is a hobby that’s attainable and it’s also more accessible than ever. A growing number of gardening products cater to the young and young at heart. There’s also adaptable tools for those with disabilities.
Besides garden tools with ergonomic comfort features, including Fiskars PowerGear2 bypass pruner with its rolling handle that fits the shape and natural motion of your hand, you’ll see raised gardens with elevated beds that bring gardening to waist level or up close. These assist gardeners of all ages, including those in wheelchairs and arthritis sufferers.
Another benefit: Critters can’t always reach them either.
6. Small-space gardening
For those living in condos, apartments and townhomes, vertical gardening has become a hot trend in recent years. But you don’t need to live in those dwellings to take advantage of the small-space gardening trend.
Try gardening along your fences, walls, railings and small passageways. It’s a great way to decorate your outdoor oasis.
For more trends, read our story on top gardening trends of 2018.