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12 December. 2018.

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Top Trends in Gardening You Need to Know About

Sometimes, gardening feels like something that is quite static. Humans have been gardening for millennia, whether as farmers or on a smaller scale. And while it can be an act of necessity, for many modern people, it’s an act of leisure. That change, in particular, shows us how the idea of “working the land” has evolved and continues to evolve. Now, we garden for a variety of reasons.

As a garden center owner, part of helping your customers is understanding trends in gardening and what they need in order to accomplish their goals. In this post, we’ll be sharing some top trends in gardening you need to know about. Why? Because it often points to why people are coming into your shop and what kind of help they may need. Being aware of these trends in gardening can help you provide the right kind of advice and help you build your relationship with your customers.

Trends in Gardening: Gardening for Health

I’m sure all of us in the gardening business know that plants (and gardening) can be good for one’s health. Well, that idea is becoming more popular. Especially after NASA released a study showing how indoor plants can help with air quality.

Gardeners who are interested in wellness may turn to particular plants based on their ability to make their environment better or to make themselves feel better. Such gardeners may be interested in snake plants, spider plants, Boston ferns and other plants that have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution. When paired with a lovely Austram planter, these plants can be placed indoors and be both decorative and useful.

Customers looking for plants to help them reduce stress may be interested in lavender and rosemary. Customers looking for plants to boost productivity or focus can be steered towards lemon balm and rosemary. Again, if these plants are intended for workspaces or for a home, they can help add to the decor in addition to providing health benefits. In addition to planters, plant stands can help your customers display their new plants in a way that is visually appealing and that works with their other decor. Plus, new gardeners will also need a watering can!

Similarly, some individuals find the act of gardening to be meditative in itself, enjoying the process for the health benefits it provides. Tending a plant is a loving act and can foster many emotions in an individual. There’s nothing quite like watching a seed you’ve planted finally become a blooming flower or propagating a new plant from one you’ve tended for years. Gardening can help relieve stress and nourish joy and equanimity. It can also help provide healing for individuals who are overcoming trauma. Individuals who are interested in gardening for the process may want to explore different gardening accessories such as watering cans, gloves, trowels, etc., that can help them in the act of gardening.

Gardening for Nature

Some gardeners want their outdoor spaces to be in tune with their environment, seeking local plants that occur naturally in the area or planting varietals that appeal to pollinators and other creatures.

One benefit of growing plants that can be found locally is that the gardener knows that it will grow well in the climate. The same, of course, cannot be said for the hibiscus or other tropical plants that require particular conditions. To help a gardener interested in purchasing or growing locally occurring plants, you’ll need to be knowledgeable about your local hardiness zone and its native plants.

Gardeners who are interested in providing pollinators with plenty of nectar may do so because they find the pollinators useful or beautiful, because they want to draw more pollinators to their land to help their other plants, or because they are concerned with the plight of some particular pollinators. On this latter count, we know that many bees are dying (a definitive cause has yet to be determined), but they aren’t the only pollinators that are facing difficult times. Butterflies are also facing disruption to their migratory patterns, which means they aren’t necessary pollinating in the same places they used to.

Whatever the reason, plants popular with pollinators are a wonderful addition to any garden—and especially vegetable gardens. To encourage visits from pollinating creatures, you can let your customers know popular plants in your area that attract pollinators. For example, bumblebees enjoy snapdragons, while some smaller pees like black-eyed Susans and Shasta daisies. A butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) may help bring some colorful butterflies around.

Trends in Gardening for Food

Gardening for Food

There’s nothing quite like eating what you’ve grown. To hold in your hands the harvest that you reaped—it’s a labor of love and it’s clear in the flavor. Gardening for food has always been popular, but it appears to be undergoing a renaissance—and will likely only grow more popular.

When approached by a novice that wants to grow their own food, you can help them by suggesting easy vegetables to grow, showing them containers in which they can grow, offering advice of fertilizing and watering, and helping them pick the right seeds or soil if necessary.

Container Gardening

Thanks to its convenience and beauty, container gardening is here to stay. The ability to have plants wherever you want them—and especially in urban areas where green can be hard to come by—is still valued. Whether it’s herbs on a windowsill or a collection of tropical plants on the deck, container gardening remains popular. We hope to continue this trend by creating pots and planters that help spark creativity in both astute and aspiring green thumbs.

Container gardening allows everyone—whether they’re a homeowner or a renter, a parent or a student—to create a visually alluring array of pots and plants. The purpose can be aesthetic, or it can be useful. Container gardens work well for flowers, vines, and other ornamental plants. In addition, container gardens are great for herbs and even vegetables. If you have a customer that is interested in container gardening, be sure to ask what they want to grow. Certain plants will require bigger pots, of course, and they will definitely need your advice if they want to grow particular vegetables!

Have you noticed any other gardening trends we need to be aware of? Let us know in the comments below!

FRESH AUSTRAM