Top 10 gardening trends 2020
Here we present our top 10 garden trends for 2020 and show what’s hot for the new garden season – from sustainability to self-sufficiency and indoor gardening.
A new gardening season always brings exciting new trends with it. In 2020, two major themes stand out in particular, which can be seen in different trends. More and more people will have to be satisfied with a small garden or balcony. This is why trends such as gardening in confined spaces or even inside the home are emerging. In addition, the issue of sustainability is becoming increasingly important, which makes us at Plants Nepal very excited. Below you will find our 10 best garden trends for the year 2020.
1. Gardening in small spaces
Even in the smallest of spaces, it is possible to do gardening – this is proven by city balconies that can be transformed into green oases and become safe havens for beneficial insects. The right choice of plants is crucial when space is limited, so that you don’t end up in a jungle. Dwarf plant forms or slow and low-growing types of ornamental plants are a great option. By pruning and using small planters the green roommates will stay small.
Expert tip: Vegetables such as spinach (Spinacia oleracea), radishes (Raphanus sativus var. sativus) and peas (Pisum sativum) also thrive on shady balconies.
If you have little space, you can also simply plant upright – on walls or shelves. This trend is called vertical gardening. There are no limits to your imagination, from using hanging pots to planting in pallets or PVC pipes.
2. Self-sufficient gardening
Another important gardening trend for the new 2020 gardening season is self-sufficiency. Many people are growing more and more interested in growing their own vegetables, fruits and herbs. After all, self-harvested food not only tastes good, but is also a more sustainable option and can even save you some money. If you want to start a self-sufficient garden, you should first plan what you want to grow and know exactly what the conditions at your location are. After that, you can establish a crop rotation and suitable companion plants can be selected for pest protection.
3. Sustainable gardening
As mentioned above, sustainability is a big trend and we are meeting it in some of our garden trends 2020. To help you use your garden sustainably in the new season, we would like to present 5 practical tips on sustainable gardening that everyone can implement. More tips for a sustainable garden are also discussed in this article.
5 practical tips for sustainable gardening:
- Fertilising with mainly organic fertilisers without harsh or harmful chemicals
- Making your own compost
- Collecting rainwater and using it for water-saving watering of plants
- Cultivating the soil in such a way that it remains permanently fertile
- Letting wild corners in the garden to simply grow and thus offering a refuge to the native flora and fauna
4. Gardening for all generations
The beauty of gardening is that you can enjoy it together with other people. Children, seniors and, of course, adults can show their own strengths and learn something new by gardening together.
Cocktail tomatoes, strawberries (Fragaria) and edible flowers such as nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) are an excellent choice of plants to grow together with children. If you don’t have your own garden, you can also enjoy gardening in public areas, allotment garden associations or with the help of state-subsidised projects. Not only children and grandparents can benefit from this – especially for working parents, letting go can be very relaxing.
5. Saving water in the garden
Saving water in the garden is no longer only ecologically sensible but can also become a necessity in the absence of rain. No wonder, then, that it is becoming a prominent gardening trend in 2020. You can save a lot of water both by choosing the plants and by planning your garden. We would therefore like to present ten plants that can also manage with little water.
10 plants for a water-saving garden:
- Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
- Cockade flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)
- Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
- Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
- Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
- Silk plant (Asclepias)
- Spurge (Euphorbia)
- Rue (Ruta)
- Verbena (Verbena)
- Lupin (Lupinus)
Expert tip: Lawns require a lot of water, but with the right seed mixture you don’t have to do without a lush green lawn even when trying to save water. There are some seed mixtures on the market that have been developed specifically for dry areas.
6. Indoor gardening
Another major gardening trend for 2020 is indoor gardening – that is, in the house. You don’t have to limit yourself to simple indoor plants but can cultivate true exotics such as carnivorous plants, palm trees or banana plants. However, you should pay attention to the special requirements of the plants. If necessary, you can also create a plant terrarium to suit the needs of exotic plants. A very special technique of planting is the Kokedama, which means ‘a ball of moss’ in Japanese. It is a truly unique way to grow plants when a ball is formed from moist substrate and clay powder to enclose the root ball of an indoor plant. This is then wrapped with living moss and, to finish the Kokedama, secured with some wire.
7. Outdoor-living: garden as a living room
It is not just gardening indoors but also living in the garden that is steadily becoming a new gardening trend. The living room or even the kitchen is being moved to the terrace and garden. With luxurious lounge furniture and outdoor kitchens, this trend offers real feel-good potential. However, we recommend not to rely on conventional plastic for outdoor furniture, but to choose a more sustainable material.
Expert tip: Lighting the outdoor living area is of course helpful and looks beautiful when it’s dark outside. But remember that very bright light can confuse and disturb the animals living in the garden.
8. Soil health
Anyone who wants healthy plants to grow in their garden needs healthy garden soil. In our garden trend number 8 everything revolves around soil health and humus content. But what can hobby gardeners do to ensure that their soil is rich in humus and fertile and that it remains so for a long time? On the one hand, you can carry out a so-called humus management and increase the humus content in your garden with targeted measures. If you don’t have the time or energy for this, you can help with soil activating products (be sure to choose an organic and environment-friendly option, though).
9. Wellness in the garden
Who would not like to have their own little wellness oasis? Wellness generally stands for well-being, health and joy. But what does this trend have to do with the garden? We will show you some possibilities how you can turn your garden into a true wellness paradise:
- Use your garden as a gym or a fitness room
- Create quiet zones for relaxation
- Fill your garden with laughter and make it come alive by inviting friends and family
- Do not subject your garden to constraints of mainstream trends and design it according to your personal preferences
10. Animal welfare in the garden
A garden trend that is still very up-to-date is animal protection and animal-friendly gardening. Hedgehogs, ants, bees, birds and moles should be protected because they are a sign of a healthy environment. Because these wild animals need a suitable habitat and a natural food supply, they can be protected by keeping the gardens as natural as possible. Insects are the food basis for many wild animals and can be supported, for example, by planting plants native to your area.
Expert tip: Of course, you should also avoid potential dangers for your pets from the garden. By cultivating your garden completely organically, you can avoid the dangers of toxic fertilisers and pesticides. If you would like to learn about pet-friendly plants for garden and home, read here.
Finally, we would like to wish you a happy new gardening year and we are already looking forward to seeing how our 10 garden trends for 2020 will come to life in our readers’ gardens.