New gardening trends are directly related to the economy and weather factors. The United States is seeing one of the largest shifts in how people garden and how homeowners are landscaping their yards.
With smaller yards, American gardeners are becoming more creative in the limited space that they call their own. While the rest of the world has gardened in small yard spaces for centuries, we are just learning some of their secrets to making small work.
New gardening trends that you can incorporate into your garden:
– Small fruiting plants into landscape
– Less lawn areas
– Drought tolerant plants
– Small scale plants for smaller yards
– Fragrant plants
– Year round foliage and interest
– Vertical gardening
– Efficient gardening
Small fruiting plants into landscape. Europeans have grown small fruiting plants along side their flowering shrubs and cut flowers for centuries. With new homes in the U.S. now having limited garden spaces and landscape areas, the normal evolution of gardening would be to incorporate vegetable and fruit plants with regular gardening shrubs and flowers. Each year more people are taking a hand in their food selection by growing their own fruits and vegetables.
Less lawn areas: Recent years weather changes have caused many municipalities to place water restrictions on use during the summer months. Where green lawns once existed, we now see mostly brown straw like blades of grass. Homeowners are turning to lawn substitutes such as ground covers, ornamental grasses, wildflowers and other low growing flowering perennials.
Drought tolerant plants: While planting drought tolerant plants often goes hand in hand with less lawn space, we continue to see more homeowners adding drought tolerant shrub and perennial garden plants into their regular landscape.
Small-scale plants: Never before have so many smaller sized plant versions of many of the long time favorite landscaping plant varieties been available. More homeowners and apartment dwellers alike will seek out these smaller sized shrubs and trees for their limited growing areas.
Fragrant plants. Whether it’s nostalgia or just the sincere desire to stimulate the old fashioned flowering shrubs and fragrant herbs are becoming quite popular once again.
Year round foliage and interest. Smaller wallets have forced consumers to weigh out their purchases. Buying plants is no longer an impulse. Gardeners are looking for plants that will add life to their garden throughout the year.
Vertical gardening. Vertical gardening (also known as ‘green walls’) is quickly catching on in urban areas especially. While apartment dwellers with balconies, condo residents with tiny decks and patio and row houses are great candidates for vertical gardening, any gardener can create an upward growing garden anywhere.
Efficiency gardening. Home gardeners are beginning to practice techniques such as composting, mulching, filling in open spaces with additional plants, and recycling things from their gardens. These efforts will help to limit the need for fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and supplemental watering.