Excitement about gardening has grown over the past few years
and produced a huge crop of new gardeners that will continue to blossom. Many new gardeners plan to garden more and are looking forward to experimenting with new plant varieties and styles! Burpee surveyed over 4,000 customers of all ages to assess their priorities and interests for 2022 and discovered some interesting trends.
Whether you're a novice or an expert gardener, here are the top 2022 landscaping trends you can incorporate into your garden plans.
Homegrown Produce From a Plot or Pot
Whether in raised beds or containers, gardeners plan to grow more homegrown produce, often incorporating edible plants right along with their ornamentals. The line between edible and ornamental may be blurred with vegetables, such as kale, and herbs that double as decorative plants. While knowing the origin of their seeds and controlling the soil and fertilizers is a major motivator for most food gardeners, millennials are particularly interested in organic gardening.
In the coming year, gardeners look forward to installing raised beds and experimenting with new plant varieties, often starting from seed. Millennials are excited about growing herbs and planting fruit in their gardens. If you have limited space, dwarf fruit trees, including figs, apples and pears, are great choices.
Tomatoes will continue to be popular, with pumpkins and garlic topping the list of vegetables millennial gardeners want to try in the coming year.
Environmentally Friendly Gardens
Design for Diversity
Diversity is key for attracting beneficial insects into the garden. That means planting a wide variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowers in a range of shapes, sizes and colors. Attract pollinators year-round and set your garden up for success by maintaining a variety of plants that bloom throughout the season. You can also overlap annuals that bloom all through the season with perennials that blossom in sequence.
Go for Color
Different pollinators are drawn to different colors. And as most are nearsighted, they're more likely to find plants in gardens with large drifts of color.
Plant Flowers Along With Veggies
Tucking flowers in with vegetables can benefit both plants and helpful critters. Bees forage on purple echinacea (aka coneflower), mint, monarda fistulosa (aka bergamot), 'Little Joe' eupatorium dubium and sunflowers, while hummingbirds love honeysuckle and salvia. To attract butterflies, brightly colored asters and 'Pot of Gold' rudbeckia are great choices. As a ground cover, low-growing creeping phlox will carpet the garden with color all summer. After harvesting herbs, letting them go to flower will supply a feast for feathered friends and insects.
Grow Native Plants
Bees love native wildflowers and flowering trees such as wild cherries and crape myrtles. To make their gardens a popular destination for pollinators, gardeners will be adding native plants that are less prone to disease and pests. Check with your local extension service to find which plants are native to your area.
Xeriscaping and Flood Gardens
With changing weather patterns, we're seeing increased droughts, fires and flooding — conditions that call for either drought-tolerant gardens or those designed to mitigate flooding. Landscaping trends for drought-prone areas will include more xeriscaping — gardening with drought-tolerant plants like succulents and ornamental grasses that require less water — and for flood-prone areas, gardeners will incorporate water-loving plants like elderberry.
"Firescaping" in fire-prone areas will be trending. Building stone pathways and walls can help create fire barriers. Try planting gardens that help resist the spread of fire, including water-retaining plants like lavender.
In flood-prone areas, opt for water-loving plants, install rain gardens and use elevated raised beds for better soil drainage.
Bouquets From Cut Flower Gardens
There will be more fresh flowers on tables as flower lovers fill their gardens with bright-colored blooms to snip, with purple and blue as the most popular flower colors.
Tips for Flourishing Cutting Gardens
Choose a sunny spot for your cutting garden as most cut flowers require full sun. To protect them from the wind, stake or grow your flowers near a fence or other barrier. Be careful not to overfertilize, as most cut flowers only need fertilizing in early spring just as they begin to grow, then again after the first large harvest of stems.
Starting From Seed
Last year's explosive demand for seeds will continue as gardeners enjoy the magic of watching a plant sprout from a tiny seed. Many annuals, such as sunflowers, marigolds, calendulas, cosmos, zinnias, hyacinth beans and morning glories, are easy to start from seed ahead of the growing season.
Container Cut Flower Gardens
No space? No problem. It's possible to successfully cultivate a cutting garden in containers. Annuals work well in pots because you can pack them together better than most perennials.
Small Gardens: Container and Vertical Gardens
Container and vertical gardens are emerging as top trends as gardeners create beautiful gardens even in the smallest of spaces.
Mixing and Matching on the Rise
To conserve space, try mixing edible plants and ornamentals in containers, using a few tall containers rather than many small ones to make the space appear larger. With their raised height, these containers are also more accessible, and herbs at arm's length from the kitchen provide easy access when cooking.
Self-Watering Planters to the Rescue
On a balcony with no spigot? No problem. Self-watering containers have reservoirs you can fill using a watering can. You can also optimize space by hanging planters from the ceiling and over railings.
Vertical Gardens on the Up and Up
To maximize space and increase yield, one of the latest landscape design trends will be growing edible plants and ornamentals vertically up walls, on fences and over balcony railings. Things are looking up for 2022!
Check out Burpee's fresh picks in our 2022 digital catalog.