Garden trends 2022 and expert tips for success
(BPT) – Interest in gardening continues to blossom as more and more people decide to exercise their green thumbs and make the most of their outdoor spaces. Whether it’s a quaint balcony, a large backyard or landscaping up front, the gardening possibilities are endless.
With a little creativity and expert insight, anyone can be a successful gardener. The team at Ball Horticultural Society shares simple tips and top trends for 2022 to inspire all types of gardeners.
Low maintenance, high impact
Want a magazine-worthy landscape, but don’t want to spend every day tending to plants? The trick is to strategically select flowers that are eye-catching and easy to maintain.
There are many plants that provide beautiful flowers with surprisingly little work. Flagship impatiens are the perfect plant for beds with partial sun, rewarding you with ample, long-lasting color for shade. Add Megawatt Begonias in pots and transitional spaces – this larger-than-life hybrid delivers rich color and glossy foliage with little care. For sunny locations, you can’t go wrong with low maintenance Petunias E3 Easy Wave. This spreading petunia comes in a variety of hues, adding sweeping color that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Fun and tasty foods
As the sustainability movement continues, more and more people want to grow their own food. Whether it’s a small herb garden or a large vegetable garden, having home-grown foods on hand can help you eat healthier and fresher.
Many vegetables and herbs grow just as well in containers as they do in the ground, so if you’re short on space, you can still be successful growing vegetables as long as you can give your plants a sunny location and enough water. An insider tip is to skip the seeds and buy garden-ready plants that are already established, such as Burpees vegetables and herbs. This helps support successful growth and faster harvests.
Tomatoes are a must for any market gardener. But what if you don’t have an outdoor grow space? No garden, no problem with the Mini-kitchen collection of indoor potted vegetables. Look for Siam Tomato, which gives you weeks of cherry-sized fruit for your fresh food and recipes. Enjoy it on a sunny windowsill indoors or next to your other easy-to-reach countertop herbs.
Pollination is essential for plants to thrive, and according to the US Forest Service, pollinators are responsible for helping more than 80% of the world’s flowering plants reproduce. This includes hard-working insects like butterflies, bees, and birds. Because of their essential work, everyone can enjoy plants that delight the eyes and tasty foods that tantalize the taste buds.
Some pollinator populations are declining, so people are taking action by planting pollinator-friendly gardens. For example, if you want the happiness of butterflies in your garden, choose Chrysalis Buddleia. Known as Butterfly Bush, this plant has an abundance of flowers but grows to a manageable size – perfect for a small hanging basket. Add some Shamrock Lantanawhose flowers are a sweet and attractive landing strip, and you will create a paradise for pollinators.
After spending the last few years close to home, people take exceptional pride in their property by prioritizing curb appeal. Friendly yellows and bright purples are trendy and widely appealing, making your home stand out on the block.
For a sunny show all season long, plant Petunias Bee’s Knees. The intense yellow color of each large flower adds brightness to your landscaping. Juxtapose the yellow with purple dianthus jerkadding a bright magenta hue that instantly adds personality.
Curb appeal can come from more than flowering plants, of course. For visual interest in a fruit plant, see Pepper Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry. With its variegated foliage and unique striped fruits that change from green to chocolate and cherry red, it’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
No matter how big your garden space is or how much time you can devote to your plants, there’s something for everyone in the top gardening trends of the year.