Now that spring is here, it’s time to get out and garden! If you’re looking to do things a little differently this year, you’ll want to jump on one or all of these exciting gardening trends happening in back yards everywhere this year.
Top 7 Gardening Trends for Spring 2019
1. True Green Gardening
One of this year’s biggest trends will be gardens that focus on sustainability, eco-friendliness, and wildlife. This means rain collection systems and composting will be big. Gardens with plenty of fruits and flowers for pollinators, birds, bees, and other wildlife will be popular, too. Some are even going so far as to install water features as a place for birds and mammals to bathe and stop for a drink, as well as habitat for amphibians.
2. Wild Gardening
Similar to gardening with a focus on eco-friendliness, wild gardening is all about letting a portion of your garden grow wild. The idea is to leave a small section of lawn unmowed, letting grass and flowers grow as they please. Many taking up the wild gardening trend are also carefully select a few native species to seed into their wild patches. For gardeners who are also concerned about local flora and fauna, these little meadow gardens not only help support native plants, but they provide valuable habitat for pollinators and other native insects, too.
3. Gardening with Technology
Another big trend in 2019 is technology in the garden. For some, this means software or apps that can be used to plan landscapes or track watering and fertilizer schedules. But the trend is even growing outward to things like monitors that can actually measure soil nutrition and moisture. And for people tired of mowing, there are automated lawn mowers that will get the mowing done for you. One of the most talked-about tech toys for the garden is Tertill, which is hailed as a “Roomba for the garden,” that’s solar powered and can weed automatically. Fascinating!
4. Indoor Gardening is Growing
Two things are driving the indoor gardening trend. First, more and more people are craving a bit of greenery indoors as well as outdoors. Modern city living often means that green space comes at a premium. Because of this, houseplants are becoming more popular as indoor décor. Along with the “growing” houseplant trend, hydroponics—growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid—is also something you’ll see more and more of. There are all kinds of indoor hydroponic kits available, everything from small herb gardens to grow on your kitchen counter to larger hydroponic systems that will provide a steady flow of home-grown fruits and vegetables year-round.
5. Tropical Plants in the Landscape
Tropical plants have always been popular in warmer climates, but this is a trend that is steadily moving northward. For most, the trend places a focus on the foliage. Banana trees, elephant ears, caladiums (pictured), and crotons are all becoming popular choices as broad-leaved bedding plants. And since these plants aren’t typically winter-hardy in harsher climates, homeowners are pressing them into service as houseplants, too. In the spring and summer, place tropical plants outside to beautify garden beds, and then in the colder months, they can be brought indoors as stunning houseplants.
6. Moon Gardens
Moon gardens are hot hot hot. In 2019, gardeners are looking for interesting ways to incorporate lunar themes into the garden. Whether it’s rocky hardscapes that evoke the feeling of the Moon’s surface or planting flowers and plants that bloom at night, Moon gardens are becoming popular for those who like to entertain outdoors at night. Take a look at the plants that make a perfect Moon garden!
7. Gardening by Phases of the Moon
While people have planted according to lunar cycles for centuries, gardening by the phases of the Moon is coming back in vogue, too, especially as people look for more ways to get back to their roots and connect with nature. The philosophy, in part, states that water in both the ground and in plants are affected by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon, just like ocean tides are, and this can influence when and what you plant. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you—just refer to the Farmers’ Almanac’s Gardening by the Moon Calendar!