Our Favorite Garden Trends of 2017
Explore Unexpected Shrubs
Boxwood is popular for a reason (many, in fact), but we’re seeing more surprising shrubs come out of the woodwork in 2017. They bring exciting variety to yards and gardens. If you want to spice up your gardening style, replace your standby shrubs with clever alternatives, like rosemary, which, if you find the right variety, can grow to enormous sizes. It’s a statement shrub and oh-so fragrant.
Grow Edible Gardens
We love gardens that are as functional as they are pretty. Incorporate different types of herbs for a fragrant extension of your kitchen, and tend vegetables for the ultimate fresh-and-local food source. Have you thought of creating a pizza garden? Gather all the herb and veggie plants you would need to make pizza, organize them into groups with compatible water and sunlight needs, and plant them. Voila!
Find New Ways with Succulents
We all love succulents—they’re hardy plants that can survive the extremities of our Southern climate. They’re always a favorite, whether they’re incorporated in a container garden or in a pot on the windowsill. We’ve seen many ways to plant succulents, but 2017 is the time to get creative. The succulent garden trend this year is to plant them in unexpected ways—up a wall in a vertical planter, in mini pots clustered on a bar cart, or in bold color combinations.
Accentuate Pretty Paths
This year, it isn’t enough to put down stones and call it a garden path. The new trend is to scatter seeds of a pretty, colorful groundcover (such as mazus) between your stepping stones. Blooming groundcover adds vibrancy and playfulness to a garden path.
Develop Textural Contrast
A rapidly growing garden trend for this year is a focus on textural contrast. Creating interesting textural combinations in the garden is easy to do, and it has major visual impact. Juxtapose delicate blooming flowers with hardy evergreens of all different shapes and sizes to create dynamic contrast in your space, or try pairing whimsical single-stem flowers with hardier, low-lying plants below. Because of the way these plants develop and mature, there will always be something new to see in the garden.
Plant Lettuce In Your Beds
This is the year to plant lettuce in your flowerbeds. Gorgeous and graphic, the plant is relatively easy to tend, as long as the bed has good drainage. Lettuce varieties look great planted in bold geometric patterns and contrasted with vibrant flowers. We especially like the effect of alternating bright green and purple lettuce plants in a geometric design. Lettuce is a cool, modern statement for your garden, either as a centerpiece or a whimsical border.
Of course we all dream of cultivating our own greenhouses. But this year, that dream doesn’t have to break the bank. We’re seeing a surge of popularity for mini-greenhouses. Much more affordable than a full-size option, these smaller greenhouses save you money and ensure that you can tend your precious plants year-round. From bookshelf-size greenhouses to cozy, one-room options—they’re growing on us.
Create DIY Garden Features
Design your own parterre. Plant a bold container garden. Start training an espalier. Finally plant those roses you’ve been dreaming about. Go antiquing and add some architectural elements to your space. This is the year to get outside your garden comfort zone and try the DIY projects that you’ve been eyeing for years. Whether it’s garden crafts, architectural features, or a new planting style, now is the time to get creative. Check out our DIY tutorials for ideas, and get to planting!