“In 2018, the garden will be a both a haven and a laboratory as gardeners seek a respite from a stressful world, and also dive into the flood of new plant choices they’re seeing in garden centers and on social media,” says Jonathan Pedersen, Monrovia’s vice president of business development.
1. Roses and Rhodies Renaissance: Old-time (or classic) shrubs are drawing more attention because of their compatibility and low effort/big reward potential.
2. Garden Tribe: Gardening as group therapy? Spending time in the dirt can help to define your world view.
3. Pitch Perfect Pines: Pine trees have been in the background, outshined recently by boxwoods and birches. But that lack of recent attention just makes them more fresh.
4. Soil Matters: Soil regeneration is going to be a bigger focus for home gardeners, who could adopt some commercial agriculture principles.
5. Suburban plant hunters: Almost nobody wants a cookie-cutter garden, so expect to hunt and travel to find those plants that no one else in the neighborhood is growing.
6. We See a Pattern: Patterned plants saw a 533 percent increase in “saves” on Pinterest in 2017, so there is solid interest in plants with dots, dashes and stripes.
7. Hydrangea Mania: The hydrangea has been popular, but now it’s becoming more customer-friendly. Improvements include some with sturdier stems and thicker leaves more able to tolerate the weather.
8. Show Me How: Gardeners new and old are taking an interest in learning from professionals, from everything from composting to chain saws.