A new year always brings with it a fresh wave of enthusiasm; enthusiasm for a new gym routine, new hobby, new eating habits, and new gardening trends. If you're looking to try something new in the garden this year, here are our picks for top gardening trends to watch in 2018.
- Pantone announced the Color of the Year as Ultra Violet, a bright shade of purple, so expect to see lots of purple in the coming year. Incorporate this trendy color into your gardening with planters, accessories, and purple-hued plants like ornamental cabbage, sage, and lavender.
- Container gardening has been a trend for a while and it's only going to grow. Giant lawns are falling out of vogue, ushering in an emphasis on smaller gardening spaces and container arrangements. Look for planters that are big enough for several plants to create your own mini gardens within a container.
- 35% of all households in the US say they grow at least some food at home or in a community garden. If you're not already, get started growing your own fruits, veggies, and herbs this gardening season. Not ready to commit to an entire vegetable garden? Portable planters make it easy to grow herbs on a kitchen windowsill or experiment with a tomato plant or two.
- Take the "local first" movement even further by planting native species of plants in 2018. Native plants are better suited for local weather conditions, require less intensive care, and provide food and shelter for native animals like butterflies and birds. Plus, focusing on native plants means cutting back on the spread of invasive plant species.