The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally renowned organization founded in 1827, and producer of the famed Philadelphia Flower Show, has released its top six gardening trends for 2022.
“Embracing new trends provides gardeners with the perfect way to revamp home gardens with new ideas and inspirations, while using gardening to promote year-round health and well-being,” said Andrew Bunting, vice president of public gardens and landscapes at PHS. “This list of garden trends for 2022 is ideal for gardeners of all interests and experience levels to incorporate into their own gardens.”
- Use native and pollinator-friendly plants
Bring bees and pollinating insects to your gardens! Adding native pollinators to your garden is an easy way to support the ecosystem right from your own backyard. Pollinators are essential for the creation and maintenance of ecosystems and are crucial for agriculture. plants like Pycnanthemum, mountain mint, Echinacea, echinacea, and Liatris, gayplume are all excellent at attracting these important insects.
- Consider turning the lawn into a garden
Did you know that lawns are not good for the environment? Even removing a small patch of lawn and turning it into garden space has the power to dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions that would otherwise be applied to the lawn through regular trimming and maintenance. Your new garden space can also increase its positive environmental impact by being used as a pollinator garden, perennial garden or even vegetable garden.
- Attend a plant swap and make a new friend
Connect with other gardeners and bring home new plants! A great way to incorporate new plants into your garden and gain expertise as a beginner gardener is to attend a plant swap. During a plant swap, participants can bring their small plants, cuttings, potting soil, pots or other gardening equipment and exchange them for something they don’t have. It’s an easy way to diversify your garden, learn new horticultural skills, and connect with other gardeners. Many of these meet-and-greet style exchanges can be found in local gardening Facebook groups, so be sure to check online for groups in your area.
- Try gravel gardening, water gardening or xeriscaping
Not good at regularly watering your garden? Luckily, you can build a garden with strong plants and low water requirements! With more and more parts of the country experiencing inconsistent weather patterns and dry spells, planting gardens that require little watering or irrigation is growing in popularity. Gravel gardening offers just one way to reduce water needs, irrigation needs, and fertilizer use in your garden by eliminating the use of soil. Xeriscaping refers to landscaping and gardening in a way that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation. Gravel gardens and xeriscaping can incorporate a multitude of plants, including a wide range of succulents into the Sedum species, as well as Sempervivum tectorum, hens and chicks, rustic cacti like the Opuntia species, certain ornamental grasses, Amsonia hubrichti, threadlike bluestar, and even yucca. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm has already adopted green gardening practices and incorporated many of these species, alongside many other garden spaces across the United States.
- Grow your own fruit
With just a little space, you can enjoy your favorite fruits straight from your own garden! Fruit growing is no longer reserved for orchard owners. Even a few fruit trees can produce hundreds of fruits perfect for jams, jellies, cookies, ice cream, or simply to eat as is. Dwarf fruit trees come in many varieties, including figs, blackberries, apples and pears, and are ideal for growing in a limited space.
- Cut flowers are in fashion
In the United States, flower shops are increasingly incorporating classic cut flowers such as Zinnia, Dahlia, Papaver rhoeas, poppy, Cosmos bipinatus, outer space, and Leucanthemum X superb, shasta daisy. The return to these timeless flower varieties demonstrates a move away from the more non-traditional, eccentric and often minimalist style common in modern flower arranging today. From the elaborate home cut flower purveyor to the backyard gardener, cut flowers offer a rewarding way to immerse yourself in horticulture and feel the pride of growing your own flowers and sharing them with loved ones that will surely never go out of style. .
For novice gardeners and expert horticulturists, embracing popular garden trends provides an opportunity for inspiration and connection with other gardeners. PHS offers many programs and initiatives to rally community members around a common love for horticulture to promote healthy, green neighborhoods. For more information about PHS programs and how you can get involved, please visit: phsonline.org.