With each new year, we like to take a fresh look at what’s new in gardening trends and fill our editorial calendar with content that we hope will inform and inspire our readers.
If there’s an overarching theme to the trends, it’s that you can always count on gardens and gardening for respite and relaxation. Our gardens provide a necessary break from the chaos of life.
Check out the gardening trends on our radar this year.
Top 8 home depot gardening Trends for 2018
1. Gardening for wellness
Amid the mayhem, we’re all looking for a little breathing room. Gardens can provide just that: oxygen-rich spaces for unwinding or focused activities like meditation and yoga. Like spaces filled with indoor vines, these “green rooms” fill your home with fresh air and a sense of calmness.
Related, vertical gardens are becoming more integrated in public parks and common areas of urban spaces. As growing technology improves, look for more walls of green that serve as visual relief from concrete and metal structures. Bring the green to your own garden space with a vertical garden.
2. Gardening with purpose
Gardeners today seek to dig in the garden with a specific purpose in mind. You’ll see a greater number of gardeners planting to attract pollinators or cut flowers for endless bouquets, for example. You’ll also see planting for other purposes, too, such as eating homegrown organic food. You can design and plant your garden with a single purpose or several in mind.
Look for a rising number of offerings in your local The Home Depot Garden Center that cater to these goals. These range from bee houses, pollinator flower seed mix, a rising number of organic edible plant offerings, including Bonnie Plants, plus more focus on pet-friendly ways to garden.
Photo by Laura Mercer
3. Root to stem
Due to vast food waste in our country, gardeners have begun looking for ways to reduce food waste and use all parts of the plant from the roots to the seeds. Root to stem is the “nose to tail” food trend applied to vegetables.
Because eating root to stem means using all edible parts, you can jump on the trend by eating carrots and their green tops, broccoli florets and their crunchy stems, and watermelons and their rinds, which can be pickled.
Root to stem can also mean composting, saving seeds or perhaps finding or creating other household uses. Creating a composting process in your household will make you a better gardener. Dye gardens, too, are increasing in popularity, offering another use for edibles and ornamentals.
The Japanese principle of wabi-sabi is usually described as imperfection or acceptance of transience. In other words, perfectly imperfect. You’ve seen it in pictures of Japanese gardens, everything raked, pruned and tidied, with the singular Japanese maple dropping its flaming red leaves.
Wabi-sabi gardens embrace the rustic, the naturally aged, the chipped and the frayed. Just present it with style, as in these repurposed containers.
Spot wabi-sabi in lawns that feature expanses of prairie grasses instead of manicured swaths of fescue. In spring, plant a trap crop for insects, leaving your prized plants pest-free. And in fall, embrace the imperfection of naked perennial stalks that provide homes for insects and wildlife during winter.
5. The color purple
As people seek tranquility and serenity yet crave the boldness of color, it should be no surprise that the color purple will continue making its way into our gardens this year. Purple signifies peace, mystery, magic and ambition.
Garden offerings in purple will include everything from blackberries to cabbages and beans to basil.
In flowers, look for Proven Winners‘ annual flower of the year: Supertunia Bordeaux, a drought-tolerant purple petunia requiring little care from spring to fall.
6. Grower to garden
Being a locavore is nothing new. The term has been around for more than a decade and initially referred to the carbon footprint of your diet. What’s new is that gardeners are looking for more native and locally sourced ornamental and edible plants.
The Home Depot works with local growers, more than 150 of them – including Sam Rambo of Rambo Nursery in Dallas, Ga., pictured above – who source and supply our Garden Centers throughout the country.
Whether choosing shade perennials like hostas, annuals like pansies, the freshest poinsettias at Christmas or the healthiest tomatoes in spring, chances are, the plants were grown nearby.
7. Extreme weather gardening
From mild winters to extreme heat in summer and wildfires to excessive rain, our weather is reaching extremes. In turn, extreme weather stresses plants, including trees.
Gardeners will continue to seek ways to plant gardens that can fight back Mother Nature’s stresses. They’re turning to climate-controlled gardening, such as wind-worthy ornamental grasses and other weather-resilient plants.
They’re also planting rain gardens, rock gardens and looking at ways to add plants and trees that help resist wildfires.
8. One pot wonders
Due to limited time, gardeners of all levels desire easy and instant gardens. They’re turning to gardening in large containers as statement pieces.
To be part of the trend, think containers filled with boxwood, compact hydrangeas, lavender, roses, berry plants or a combination of edibles, annuals and perennials that are easygoing, low maintenance and provide fragrance and beauty.