Take a fresh look at gardening trends in 2019 and see what’s influencing design, color and ideas in our indoor and outdoor garden spaces this year. Each year, trends seen in the industry and elsewhere begin to determine how we fill our editorial calendar with ideas and content that we hope informs and inspires The Home Depot Garden Club subscribers and other readers.
Check out the gardening trends for 2019 on our radar and start planning out how you’ll garden this year.
Top 10 Gardening Trends for 2019
1. The perfect pair
From the fashion runway to the garden, each draws inspiration from one another, working in symbiotic motion. Fashion takes a cue from the garden with floral, botanical and bird-filled prints. And then there’s feathery outfits and accessories seen on the runway for 2019. In turn, the garden taps influences from fashion, color, print and design, such as crochet and geometric-prints seen in planters and garden accessories to new breeds of flowers and other plants. There’s modern design, minimalism, perfect imperfections and nautically-inspired elements influencing how we’re designing our landscapes.
Then there are shades of yellow. While you could say that this 2019 trend began on the runway, yellow is a trendsetter in the garden, too. Naturally, what comes to mind when in season from spring to summer to fall includes yellow tulips, forsythia shrubs, daffodils, pansies, dandelions, marigolds, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, daisies, tickseed, sunflowers and mums. Well-known plant brand Proven Winners named its annual of the year to be sedum ‘Lemon Coral’ with its glowing yellow foliage. This sedum grows as an annual, except in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 11, where it’s a hardy perennial.
In garden decor and patio furniture and accessories, look for muted neutrals including grays and taupes. In addition, you’ll see black, soft pinks and all shades of blue, too. Behr’s 2019 color of the year, Blueprint, is making a splash. Behr describes the color as “warmer than denim and softer than navy.”
2. Hybrid theory
Perhaps it’s the need to share a unique sense of style, or just hybrid plants’ quirky appeal, but look for unique plants, especially those with interesting or variegated foliage, to gain attention this year.
Boldly foliated plants make for instantly Instagram-able gardening, and the trend can even be seen as an extension of wabi-sabi, the perfectly imperfect garden. (We gave wabi-sabi its due in 2018.)
3. Back to basics
For all of our interest in screens, we’re discovering again that it’s cool to get our hands dirty. Organic gardening doesn’t live on the fringes anymore. It’s the preferred way to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
The heart of organic gardening is in the soil and amendments. Good, clean, organic garden soil takes time to create, but offers organic matter to nourish roots, and structure so that oxygen and water can get to those roots.
Garden soils benefit from amendments like organic compost, too. You can make your own in a composter. It’s very easy, and has the benefit of diverting vegetable scraps from the waste stream and into your garden. You can also buy packaged or bulk compost in The Home Depot Garden Center.
We need clean water for our gardens, too. More often, we’re aware of how limited clean water availability can be. All it takes is a summer of drought and municipal watering restrictions and you start looking for watering solutions. In the Garden Center, look for water-savers like drip irrigation, self-watering planters and oyas, terra cotta vessels that slowly release water into the garden.
4. Grow for the victory
Because soil and sustainability matters, in 2019, you’ll see more about planting victory gardens in an effort to know where our food comes from, reduce food miles all the while preserving our climate. It’s about self-reliance, too.
Victory gardens were made popular during World War I and II when people faced food shortages and the government rationed food. Families at the time were encouraged to grow gardens for food so that the troops could eat canned goods.
Get your own victory garden going in a sunny section or raised garden bed in your outdoor space.
5. Grown organically by you, for you
The interest in growing and consuming organic produce for our families now carries over to the blooms displayed in the vase on the dinner table. There’s more interest than ever in purchasing locally grown flowers with a small carbon footprint, unlike the standard blooms sourced from below the equator and shipped in.
At home, gardeners will grow organic, Instagram-worthy peonies and dahlias, and even more breathtaking blooms. Plant a wildflower mix and watch the pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds visit.
6. Perennial power
The focus on gardens, produce and flowers has also given rise to a naturalistic garden movement making its way to U.S. public gardens from European destinations. It’s called the Dutch movement, or the New Perennial movement. Its primary characteristic is layers of perennials that evolve through the seasons in an undulating meadow of color and texture.
This style “is about creating a multi-purpose garden with the amplitude to feed the soul and nurture local biodiversity,” according to Tony Spencer, the gardening expert behind the blog, The New Perennialist. A naturalistic garden is sustainable, supports wildlife and changes with the seasons. To get the look in your home garden, layer structural elements, ground covers and seasonal blooms. Look for more stories about naturalistic gardening in 2019. See our story about creating a sustainable garden.
7. The anywhere garden
While the desire to garden knows no bounds, the conditions in which we garden are almost always restricted. If you have a landscape the size of your lot or plot, and considerations like inadequate light, poor soil or too much or too little rain, all these factors affect how you garden. And if you have an apartment, your options are even more limited.
Here’s news: new gardeners and others are not waiting until they have land to grow plants. They want to garden in small nooks and tiny spaces in and around their homes, apartments, condos and townhomes. As evidence of this trend, look to adaptive solutions for small spaces like vertical gardens and elevated raised garden beds.
Plant growers are now meeting the demand by breeding berry bushes and other small-space fruits, vegetables and shrubs that thrive in containers. This spring in the Garden Center, look for the words “patio” and “miniature” for varieties perfect for your anywhere garden.
8. Outside is in
More and more, people wish to create relaxing spaces with oxygen-rich houseplants inside their homes. Besides adding warmth and texture, houseplants improve air quality by scrubbing it clean. Houseplants have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and increase productivity. Inside our offices, too, this trend is taking hold.
To get the look, start with tough houseplants such as ZZ, pothos, aglaonema, dracaena, rubber tree and snake plants. Even if you’re a brown thumb or you travel regularly, you can’t go wrong with these. By being a plant parent, it’s surely going to lift your mood and brighten your home.
9. Simple take
With so many forces crowding our minds for attention, people have begun seeking clutter-free gardens and outdoor rooms. They’re taking a minimalist approach since it brings a sense of calm from the comforts of home, both inside and out. It’s all about keeping things simple and to a minimum. A garden or outdoor space around these principles uses a limited number of design elements. It presents a simple, elegant and relaxing appearance.
It is an excellent gardening style that appeals to first home buyers and people with very busy lifestyles. To get the look, consider container gardening with easy and low-maintenance shrubs or flowers. Or choose houseplants you can move inside and out depending on season. Cacti and other succulents work well, too. Try patio furniture sets with clean lines. The above West Park patio set offers just that with its sturdy black metal finish. Complement using white cushions (though other cushion color options are available, too). Water features and fountains help to create the look.
10. AI in the garden
As people shift to simplify their lives and look for ways to be one with nature, they’re also hooking up their gardens and landscapes with artificial intelligence, or AI. The idea is that by hooking up our gardens electronically, it’ll help bring some calm to our lives and help us decompress.
You’ll see more AI choices throughout the years such as robotic lawn mowers. Use an app on your smart device and activate your robotic mower. You’ll get your lawn trimmed while you relax and entertain.
Another great idea for 2019: Irrigation controllers, sprinkler and hose timers that allow you to water your garden and still travel, go on vacation or just to forget about watering altogether. All this so you can relax more with peace of mind that your lawn and garden will get the precise amount of water at the exact time needed depending on the weather report. You’ll use less energy and water as well.