2018 Gardening Trends

 It's the time of year when everyone starts making their resolutions and planning ahead for the next year.  In the gardening world, we're doing the same thing.  Here are a few things to look out for in 2018:

Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) chooses an annual, bulb, vegetable and perennial to be showcased. The selected plants are chosen for their popularity, versatility, and simplicity. NGB is making 2018 the Year of the Tulip, the Year of the Calibrachoa, the Year of the Coreopsis and the Year of the Beet.  All of these have not only been popular for years, but are great plants to grow in our Midwest conditions. They are classic plants for your garden and are sure to be popping up at the greenhouse this year.

Pantone chooses a Color of the Year each year, being a color that will be seen in fashion, interior decorating, and even gardening.  This year, Pantone has chosen Ultra-Violet. According to Pantone, "Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets." It should to be fun to see how gardeners incorporate this unique color into their planters this year!

Looking at trends more specific to gardening, the Garden Media Group releases a trend report each year. Adding water features and creating rain gardens is one of several trends for 2018, as well as including more protein rich vegetables in your garden and purple edibles like purple cabbage, carrots or beets.

     Imperfect Gardening is also a trend for 2018. Inspired by Wabi-Sabi, the ancient Japanese practice that appreciates imperfections in life ad the ability to age with grace. Gardeners are ditching the plastic and using quality, natural materials like stone, wood and metal, re-purposing older items and letting their weathered surfaces shine as accents in your garden. They are also allowing plants to grow wild, leaving their seed pods to overwinter and provide food for the birds all winter long. It may look unruly but it is actually benefiting your ecosystem.

2018 will also see a rise in climate gardening, with four specific types of gardens: 

  • Wind-Resistant Gardens include plants with flexible stems and small, narrow leaves like native grasses, lavender, yarrow and stoencrop. These plants can flourish in windy areas that other plants may break or lose leaves or petals in.
  • Desert gardens include drought and salt-tolerant plants such as euphorbia, fennel, irises and poppies. These are great for anyone who travels a lot during the summer and may not be able to water on a regular basis. 
  • Rain Gardens include water resistant natives such as Joe-Pye weed, Colorado blue spruce, bayberry, ferns and winterberry. These tolerate a bit more water than the average plant for those areas of your garden without great drainage.
  • Freeze-Proof Gardens include solid hardy trees such as Douglas fir, spruce, birch and maples as well as hellebores, sedge and hosta plants. These plants will tolerate cold winters....much like we have right now!

Whether you start a new trend in 2018, or continue to grow your usual garden, spring cannot come soon enough! 

Christian Goers