In 2019, hobby and serious gardeners alike embraced trends like hanging plants and a return to natural techniques. As we enter a new year and a new decade, what could the future of gardening look like? Can we predict any of the 2020 garden trends?
More unusual succulents
Succulents have been popular for quite a few years because of their hardiness and variety. In 2020 garden trends, the love of succulents will continue as people discover even more varieties. Expect to see tyes like rosebuds and jumping dolphins. The leaves literally resemble dolphins jumping. More colors such as pink, black, and red will also likely appeal to more gardeners.
Speaking of colors, trend-followers predict gardeners will start seeking out more colorful foliage. Pink has been very popular recently, so check out nerve plants, the pink princess philodendron, and calathea triostar. There are also multi-colored plants like crotons. Expect to see lots of color in 2020.
More vertical gardens
Vertical gardens have been around a long time, but their popularity continues to grow. Today, there’s less and less space to grow traditional gardens. Gardeners living in apartments and condos are finding ways to nurture their plants vertically. These types of gardens can be fairly simple – i.e. hanging clay pots – or complex structures with irrigation systems.
When green space gets smaller and smaller, the wildlife disappears. These days, more people want to figure out how to bring back local species like toads, ladybugs, bees, and so on. Design choices like birdbaths, nesting boxes, and using native plants can all help encourage animals to stop by.
Plants aren’t just for looks anymore. In 2020, gardeners are considering more plants that have a variety of purposes, such as strong fragrances and the ability to repel pests. Plants as food are also becoming more popular, especially herbs, many of which also possess medicinal purposes.
Small citrus trees
According to Southern Living, dwarf citrus trees will be one of the most popular houseplants for 2020. These fragrant, beautiful trees include clementines, kumquats, mandarin, and more. The dwarf variations (which get a few feet tall) can grow in containers. They’re great for people who can’t plant the trees outside. The mini trees like well-drained soil with a fertilizer specifically designed for citrus. They also need lots of sunlight, so keep that in mind.
If you have an outdoor garden, you know how much work they can take. You want to enjoy it as often as you can. Outdoor kitchen spaces are becoming more popular. They let you and any guests enjoy your green space while preparing and eating meals. Outdoor kitchens are very dependent on your climate – you aren’t going to see many in places with harsh winters. Most people will build their outdoor kitchen with some protection, like a patio roof.
The organic farming and gardening trend will continue into this next year. As they learn more about their carbon footprints, more gardeners will take responsibility for sustainable decisions. This includes composting and avoiding chemical methods of pest control.
Every year brings more high-tech innovations and 2020 garden trends prove that. To help gardeners with less than green thumbs, there are many cool products. Examples include self-watering pots and special structures with LED lights. There are even plant monitors that track moisture, temperature, fertilizer, and more.
Did you know that vertical gardens have been around for thousands of years? Click here to learn more about this ancient but still popular method of gardening.