Garden Trends for 2018
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Posted on January 15, 2018

Garden Trends for 2018

Your landscape is the perfect canvas to express your personal sense of style on a grand scale. Whether your preferred look is traditional or trendy, it’s always fun to try something new! Here’s a preview of the hot garden trends to watch for this spring and decide which ones you’ll want to add to your garden scheme.

Plant Trends

Every year various professional gardening and plant-related organizations select a “plant of the year”. These plant selections may be new, improved, super durable or just super cool. Here’s a rundown of plants the experts say you should take a closer look at for 2018:

Allium species Ornamental Onion


Commonly known as Ornamental Onions, these cousins to the edible onion are fun, decorative, and low maintenance. Allium's lollipop appearance adds a whimsical touch to the garden that you are sure to love. Best of all they are perennial and will provide you with enjoyment for years to come.

Peppers and Tomatoes

We’re not talking about your grandma’s peppers and tomatoes. New varieties, shapes, sizes and colors are being introduced every year. Many are so colorful and decorative you’ll want to plant them right alongside your ornamental flowers.

Succulent Plants


The popularity of succulent plants continues to soar and with it the range of new varieties that are available. Everyone loves these plants! Succulents are drought tolerant, low-care, and they’re versatile enough to grow in the landscape or in containers indoors and out.

Watch for new takes on some of your old favorites. Plants like marigolds, zinnias, cuphea, tulips and cannas are tried and true when it comes to garden performance. Ongoing plant research continues to bring us new colors, more flowers, and plants sized just right for containers or the landscape.

Pro tip: Marigolds repel certain vegetable insect pests. They’ll pull double-duty when planted around your vegetable garden by adding bold color and providing plant protection.

Color Trends

One of the most popular influencers of color trends in fashion, home décor and gardening goods is Pantone Incorporated. Pantone has a color-matching system that is the standard for printing industries and manufacturers of colorful products and textiles. Their “Pantone color of the year” is sure to show up in containers, outdoor seating areas, and similar flower colors.

This year’s color is ultra violet. Bring it into your garden scheme with:

  • Cushions, pillows and umbrellas to combine with your patio furniture.
  • Paint a trellis or wood lattice screen in ultra violet.
  • Look for ultra violet containers.
  • Accent your landscape and planters with ultra violet flowers such as: iris, hyacinth, lavender, pansies, ornamental cabbage, allium, and hydrangea.

Untamed Nature

Many are taking inspiration from the natural world – stepping away from formal plantings and making plant selections that serve a purpose such as supporting bees and butterflies, conserving water and reducing lawn areas with low-maintenance plantings. With this new “re-wilding” approach, some people are even going so far as allowing weeds, like dandelions and clover, to grow freely to support pollinating insects and to avoid the use of weed killers. Giving up areas of manicured lawn and replacing them with no-fuss groundcovers and perennial plants is also a great way to make gardening easier and more fun.

Eat a Rainbow

Colorful edibles continue to be a hot trend. They look beautiful growing in the garden, and bring an unexpected twist of color to cuisine. Many familiar vegetables can be found in an expanding range of colors, from black tomatoes to white cucumbers to orange cauliflower. Purple is especially popular, and you can expect to see many more new varieties of herbs and vegetables in lavender to purple shades being introduced in 2018 and beyond. Bonus: purple fruits, vegetables, and herbs are exceptionally high in antioxidants which boost the body’s immune system.

Flavoring with Flowers

Edible flowers aren’t just for tossing in salads anymore. Blossoms from lavender, hibiscus, rose, and elderflower are all becoming popular for flavoring everything from cupcakes to cocktails. Just like fruits and vegetables, edible flowers should be rinsed well before consuming.

Bring the Outdoors In

Indoor gardens have become such a trend that they now have trendy names as well: “house jungles”, “breathing rooms”, “urban rain forests” and “jungalows” – just to name a few. No matter what you call it, this trend is all about “more is better”. NASA research proved years ago that houseplants improve indoor air quality by removing impurities and releasing oxygen. Beyond that, plants add a relaxing, therapeutic feel to a room and a connection with nature that is especially appreciated by urban dwellers surrounded by brick, cement and those who live in small apartments. Coming home to a lush, plant-filled environment provides a restful oasis from the world outside. If you’re new to growing houseplants, check out The Top 5 Super Easy Houseplants to find the perfect plants for beginners.

Take the Indoors Out

Patios, decks and balconies continue to become more than a place to put a patio set and a grill. Outdoor spaces are evolving into an extension of the indoor living space. Traditional wrought iron or plastic patio sets are giving way to posh furniture that is weather-tolerant but still affords the comfort of the living-room sofa. Add end tables, a fire pit, solar accent lighting, structural elements such as lattice walls or a pergola, tuck in a sculpture or two, and you’ve got the perfect “home away from home” just outside your door!

Plant More Trees

Trees invite a fascinating variety of wildlife to your landscape, create shade to help cool the environment, and they’re the finishing touch to properly frame a landscape. As the interest in mowing and maintaining large tracts of empty lawn space wanes, planting multiple trees is a growing trend. Those interested in growing their own food are planting mini-orchards. Limited on space? There are many trees that grow to just 15-35’ (4.5-10m) at maturity. Here are a few that offer multi-season interest with exceptionally beautiful foliage, flowers and seed pods:


Amur Maple

Australian Willow

Blue Palo Verde

Japanese Maple

Shadblow Serviceberry

‘Jane’ Magnolia

Flowering Dogwood

Light up the Night

Solar-powered lighting makes it easy and affordable to light up outdoor spaces. Lighting is available in a wide array of choices, from traditional pathway lights and lanterns, to strands of lights that dangle from trees, and strip lighting that can be used to edge a garden border or structure. Whether you have a large landscape or just a container plant on a balcony, adding solar-powered lighting creates a magical effect in the night-time landscape.

Statement plants

Statement plants are individual plants that make a bold statement all on their own. Use them in the landscape or as the focal point in a mixed container planting. Here are some great, easy-to-grow, stand-out plants to try:

Elephant ear




Pampas Grass

Bird of Paradise

Plants for Wellness

More and more people are discovering that being around plants makes them feel good. Whether the interest is in growing healthy food, greening up the environment, spending some time outdoors, or tending to a single desk plant; getting involved with plants provides a sense of peace and emotional well-being. Create some space for plants in your life and enjoy the mini-break they provide from the stresses of life.

  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and experiment with some that are new to you.
  • Place a few houseplants in the windowsill.
  • Add a potted plant or two on your desk or around the office.
  • Expand the variety of plants in your landscape to make it more interesting. This is a great way to invite new wildlife and beneficial insects to your garden!
  • Surprise a friend with a gift plant to make them feel good too!

Share It!

Every year brings a wave of fresh color choices, décor ideas, and plant selections. How will you incorporate this season’s trends into your home and garden? Show the world your trend-setter side and have fun playing with new possibilities to express your personal style! Don’t forget to share your ideas and creations to My Garden Life’s Instagram and Pinterest pages to inspire others.

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