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2018 Garden Trends

Garden plant grower Monrovia predicts eight top trends to keep an eye on in 2018.
  • Noticing Trends

    Whether it's new plants or new practices, some trends are for sure in 2018, according to Monrovia, the leading grower of premium garden plants in the United States. 

    "In 2018, the garden will be both a haven and a laboratory as gardeners seek a respite from a stressful world, and dive into the flood of new plant choices," says Jonathan Pederson, Vice President of Business Development for Monrovia. "Overall, gardening is seeing huge growth with an estimated six million more people nationwide taking up the activity last year." 

    Follow along as Monrovia predicts the top gardening trends for this upcoming year.

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • Monrovia

    1. Roses and Rhodies Renaissance

    It's back to the future as the lure of Insta-worthy posies, year-round beauty, container compatibility, and tales of low-effort/big rewards are making gardeners take a second look at old timey shrubs in general, and the next wave of fuss-free roses and rhododendrons in particular.

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • Monrovia

    2. Garden Tribe

    Always on the leading edge of mindfulness, home gardeners are creating a new type of tribalism where the shared expereince of gardening inspires a leafy sort of group therapy. Seeking to find community, the garden has become not only a place of refuge and comfort, but also a way to define one's world view. 

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • 3. Pitch Perfect Pines

    After years of being overshadowed by boxwoods and birches, this compelling conifer is on the comeback trail, with a starring role at 2017's Chelsea Flower Show. Notably fuss-free problem solvers which also offer a distinct personality in the landscape, pines feel fresh and wow-worthy. A new generation of gardeners will use them in inspiring ways. 

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • 4. Soil Matters

    Collectively, home gardeners manage a great deal of land, perhaps as much as commerical farmers, and are poised to be a critical part of the solution to the urgent environmental issues of soil degradation and carbon capture. Expect to see programs promoting the application of commercial agriculture principles of "soil regeneration" in the home garden. 

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • 5. Suburban Plant Hunters

    First comes a garden, then comes a garden that no one else has! From heritage fruit trees to Itoh peonies and compelx topiary, savvy garden-makers are foraging far and wide to make a unique, not cookie-cutter, landscape. Look for growers to respond with rare and limited quantity offerings.

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • 6. We See a Pattern

    It might be due to the colorful allure of succulents, the 21st century houseplant infatuation, or the desire to add zip to deep shade spaces, but there's no denying that plants with foliage patterned with dots, dashes, and stripes have been spotted everywhere. Case in point? A 533 percent increase in "saves" of patterned plants to Pinterest in 2017. 

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • Monrovia

    7. Hydrangea Mania

    Everyone's much-loved bloomer will cement its "must have" status as the plant of the decade in 2018 with a slew of new varieties that solve lots of consumer woes. Breeders have built a better hydrangea - one that's re-blooming, right-sized for pots, and simpler to prune. It has sturdier stems that don't flop under the weight of large flower heads, and thicker leaves that are more weather-tolerant.

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018
  • Monrovia

    8. Show Me How

    There's been a recent surge of interest in learning how to garden by young gardeners and first-home buyers. One-on-one coach services and how-to instructions are being engaged in record numbers - from pruning and planting to chain saws and composting. Gardening classes and Master Gardening programs are quickly filling up. 

    Date Published: January 11, 2018
    Date Updated: January 11, 2018

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