Are you beginning to wonder what the year 2022 has to offer when it comes to gardening trends and popular plants? You must be curious to discover them all as soon as possible. If you have been waiting for this list for a while now the good news is that the wait is over.
This article explores the latest trends related to all-things gardening, from popular landscaping techniques, new colour palettes, interesting combinations of types of materials and plants to some of the freshest plants to use indoors and to plant in outdoor gardens.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or planning on starting this journey as a plant parent in the upcoming year, this list will share helpful insights to everyone – it is a catalogue of highly relevant ideas in 2022. This way, you can enhance the aesthetic and use your garden or plant corner indoors to its fullest potential. So, not only will you maximize the space, but you will also be in trend!
There is no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has made people who were stuck indoors due to lockdown restrictions channel their energy and creativity towards gardening. During this time, a lot of novice gardeners emerged. This hasn’t stopped with the ease of restrictions, as many have discovered a true passion and continue to pursue it.
By shining a light on the potential of gardening, more people have become interested in it, so the following article is awaited.
Without further ado, keep reading to uncover all the gardening and landscaping trends for 2022, as well as popular and fantastic plants!
12 Gardening & Landscaping Trends for 2022
Gardening has become more than simply planting a few plants in an outdoor garden, placing some flowering plants in a few pots, or home-growing a few vegetables. It is now an excellent method for relieving stress and finding peace. Essentially, gardening means building your wellness bubble.
This being said, it is necessary to stay updated with the latest trends in gardening and landscaping and discover some of the most popular plants for next year. Doing this will help you create a truly magical and peaceful environment, whether you have a large and offering backyard or use your indoor space to its fullest potential with plants and flowers.
1. Sustainability Remains a Top Trend
This is a no-brainer. If you read our article exploring the gardening trends for 2021, you know that sustainability was one of the most popular ones. This continues to be the case, given that more and more people are adopting eco-friendly practices, including sustainable gardening techniques.
So, you should choose plants that don’t require excessive water. This, together with well-drained soil and a good irrigation system for outdoor gardens – especially for unestablished plants which need to mature – can help you put together a sustainable garden.
2. Natural Materials Around Plants
What could look more beautiful around plants, whether outdoor or indoor, than natural and handmade materials? Not to mention that if you have a patio, during warmer days you can connect the indoor space with the terrace and you might want to add elements and materials that will create a seamless transition.
These natural, artisan yet practical materials that you should consider including in your gardening design are ceramics and coloured glass, textiles, objects made of raffia fabric, and granite.
3. Pastel Tones Meet Dark and Fiery Colors
Yes, you have read that correctly. The striking contrast between a pastel color palette and fiery tones such as burgundy or orange and red is the show-stopper in any garden in 2022. If you think about it, the opposite color palettes are similar to those seen in sunrise and sunset, respectively. Isn’t this majestic? Imagine how beautiful such a garden will look.
To bring this garden alive, you could choose plants such as slipper orchid, lilac, coleus spitfire, or primo black pearl for the darker tones, and begonia, hydrangea, or dahlia, which can come in pastel colors.
4. Naturalistic Look: Combining Soft Elements with Hard Ones
An exciting and unique mix of elements will be a massive trend in 2022. Combining soft with hard makes up the naturalistic look that is incredibly sought-after. The softness comes from perennial or herbaceous plants combined with various grass types. The hardness is given by landscaping materials, such as concrete or natural stones.
Interestingly enough, the juxtaposition of the two elements is how you accomplish this naturalistic look for your garden if this trend matches your home’s style.
5. Organic Gardening
Would you like to put together a garden that doesn’t need much interfering on your part? Organic gardening is also known as one of the growing trends in 2022.
Many people choose this form of gardening as it is a sustainable practice. So, if you wish to adopt even some of the principles of organic gardening, your backyard garden will thrive more by itself. Some of the guidelines of this practice include avoiding the use of chemicals, adding elements that can improve the soil, such as charcoal, under the form of carbon-rich biochar logs, or supporting biodiversity.
6. Successional Gardens
Successional gardening and planting mean that you get to have a thriving and alive garden all year round. So, no more blooming gardens just during spring or summer. Instead, wouldn’t you prefer having a beautiful garden to look at or spend time in during more than just two seasons?
If you wish to grow a successional garden, one significant aspect must be considered: establishing a solid evergreen structure. This is the key to a garden with a strong backbone for resistant plants. Based on this foundation, you can add flowering plants and splashes of color to match your style and are more season-dependent.
7. Maximizing Small Spaces
Who said that just because you have a small garden or indoor space, you cannot create a wellness bubble of your own with a few plants? This myth has been finally debunked, given that, starting with 2022, small gardens are gaining the popularity they deserve.
But the question arises of how to maximize a small space and use it to its fullest potential. One of the primary considerations is practicality. For instance, you could make use of castors to place flowering pots.
8. The Return of Ponds
The return of ponds is likely related to the soothing feeling associated with water in general, especially in a garden. This comes at a time when people have been looking for a calming space, even more so inside their homes. Therefore, putting a pond in your own garden, amidst your plants and flowers, will definitely create the tranquillity you seek.
Whether you install a pond by yourself or you decide to hire a professional team, it is up to you, your preferences, and your style. But think about it – if you go for the option of installing one yourself, this will be even more rewarding.
9. Kid-Friendly Gardens
Having a kid-friendly garden doesn’t translate into the fact that any other garden is not inviting for the little ones. A garden with a kid-friendly space is made appealing for children who might not be mesmerized by a simple garden, in the same way adults are.
This is a growing trend in 2022, a kid-friendly garden where the little ones can enjoy spending time. For instance, you could add a seating area tailored for them to play games. This is a trend which families will definitely want to put into practice.
10. Outdoor Entertainment
Alfresco kitchens are the big hype at the moment. For this reason, another significant trend for 2022 is ensuring you have an entertainment space outdoors in your garden. Indeed, it is not a new trend. But what makes it stand out this time is the continuation of indoors with outdoors.
So, outdoor kitchens connected to a terrace, beautifully decorated with various types of plants, and a garden with soft and hard elements and natural materials – the trends we have mentioned earlier – create an outdoor entertainment area that is one of a kind.
Here are some of our in-depth reviews of outdoor entertainment equipment:
- Outdoor Refrigerators
- Propane Fire pits
- Patio Heaters
- Outdoor Speakers
- Dining Sets
- Outdoor Projectors
- Outdoor Projector Screens
- Above Ground Pools
- Inflatable Pools
- Intex Hot Tubs
- Zero Gravity Chairs
11. Wildflowers and Meadows
Future trends are inspired by the past. Think about English meadows and fields full of wildflowers. This is what experiences and novice gardeners will want for their backyards.
If, until now, people wanted complete control of their gardens and it was necessary they looked after it in detail, nowadays individuals wish to have plants and flowers that can be left untamed.
For this reason, transforming the garden into a wildflower meadow will be ideal for people who have busy lives and prefer spending their remaining free time in the garden, rather than tending to it for many hours. The authenticity of a wildflower garden is why many will fall in love with this trend. Some ideas include planting dahlias, grasses, marigolds, and honeysuckle.
12. Vertical Gardens
The only way is up. But does this apply to gardens as well? When it comes to gardening trends, people usually think of expanding horizontally. However, a growing trend for 2022 is vertical gardens. While this isn’t a new technique, it is undoubtedly gaining more popularity.
Whether you install a living wall of grasses with plants rooted into the structure, with climbing roses, ivy, or hang pots on balcony arches, you can maximize any space, regardless of size, with a vertical garden.
Popular Plants In 2022
Now that we have discussed some of the major latest gardening and landscaping trends for 2022, it is only fair also to list three of the most popular plants in the upcoming year.
Regardless of the type of space you have available, whether indoors or outdoors, these are the top three which made the trending list for 2022. The popular colour palettes of pastels and darker tunes can be noticed when looking at the following plants.
1. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)
This plant is unique. Its matte dark green foliage appears as if it was splashed with silver paint. Such a beautiful and distinctive look has put the satin vine on the list of most popular plants in 2022. It is a great indoor plant, which requires bright light exposure and water every time the top inches of the soil gets dry.
So, whether you are an amateur or an experienced gardener and regardless of the space you have available for your indoor garden, the satin vine should be included among your – growing – collection.
The large and beautifully bicoloured flowers of the dahlia plant will undoubtedly steal many looks from your visitors. It is also known as Gigante Fun Pink, so there is no doubt that this plant will complement your garden wonderfully with its pastel-coloured flowers, in shades of purple and pink with white.
Plus, it also comes in darker tones, such as burgundy. This means that if you want to follow the colour palette trend mentioned earlier, you can do so just by planting dahlias in both pastels and darker shades. It requires full sun, with the flowers blooming during summer and fall.
The cyclamen plant has unique and beautiful features. Its foliage displays many leaves shaped in a way that resembles a heart. The distinguished flowers emerge elevated, blooming vertically, at a bigger height from the packed heart-shaped foliage.
It is interesting to know that the cyclamen flowers stay in bloom for an extended period of time, more specifically from fall until late spring. This is excellent news, as you will be able to enjoy the beauty of this plant for many months. Similar to dahlia, cyclamen also comes in various colours, depending on the plant variety. So, you can have scarlet, lilac, white, or salmon shades for the cyclamen plant.
The new year is just around the corner. So, knowing all these gardening and landscaping trends will help you get ready for 2022 and enhance your garden’s appearance. Whether you plan to become more sustainable or want an untamed wildflower garden, for example, nothing can truly stop you. Even if you have a small space within your home or your garden doesn’t offer much room to play around with different landscaping techniques, you can still maximize the area, using its potential to the fullest.
Which one of the gardening or landscaping trends do you plan on using in 2022? Share your ideas in the comment section!