The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally renowned organization founded in 1827, and producer of the famous Philadelphia Flower Show has released its top six gardening trends for 2022.
“Adopting new trends offers gardeners the perfect way to revamp home gardens with new ideas and inspirations, while using gardening to promote health and well-being throughout the year,” 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 plants that are favorable to pollinators
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 garden. Pollinators are essential for creating and maintaining ecosystems and are essential for agriculture. Plants like Pycnanthema, mountain mint, echinacea, echinacea, and Liatris, gay feather are all excellent at attracting these important insects.
- Consider transforming lawn space into garden space
Did you know that lawns are not good for the environment? Even removing a small piece 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 with regular cutting and maintenance. Your new garden space can also increase its positive environmental impact by being used as a pollinator garden, perennial garden, or even a vegetable patch.
- Attend a plant exchange 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 beginning gardener is to attend a plant exchange. During a plant exchange, 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 at local gardening Facebook groups, so be sure to check online for groups in your area.
- Try gravel gardening, aquatic gardening, or xerolandscape
Not very good at watering your garden regularly? Fortunately, you can build a garden with sturdy plants and low water requirements! With more and more parts of the country experiencing inconsistent weather patterns and periods of drought, planting gardens that require little watering or irrigation is gaining popularity. Gardening on gravel only offers one way to reduce the water requirements, irrigation requirements, 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 xeriscape can incorporate a multitude of plants, including a wide array of succulents in the Sedum cash, as well as Sempervivum tectorum, hens and chicks, hardy cacti like the Opuntia species, some ornamental grasses, Amsonia hubrichtii, filiform bluestar, and even yucca. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm has already adopted water-based 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 cultivation is no longer the preserve of those who own orchards. Even a few fruit trees can produce hundreds of pieces of fruit that are perfect for jams, jellies, cookies, ice cream, or just eating as is. Dwarf fruit trees come in many varieties, including figs, blackberries, apples, and pears, and are ideal for growing in limited space.
- Cut flowers are in fashion
Across the United States, in-store florists are increasingly incorporating classic cut flowers like Zinnia, Dahlia, Papaver rhoeas, poppy, Cosmos bippinatus, cosmos, and Leucanthemum X superb, daisy shasta. The return to these timeless flower varieties demonstrates a shift from the more non-traditional, quirky and often minimalist style common in modern flower arrangements today. From suppliers of elaborate on-site cut flowers to the gardener, cut flowers offer a rewarding way to immerse yourself in horticulture and experience the pride of growing your own flowers and sharing them with loved ones that are sure to never go out of style.
For novice gardeners and expert horticulturalists, 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 and green neighborhoods. For more information on PHS programs and how you can get involved, please visit: phsonline.org.