Trends for 2022
A new year is upon us, and with it comes exciting new ideas for your lawn and garden! Here are the most popular landscaping trends for 2022 to make the most of your outdoor living space.
Plant for Climate Resilience
With ever-changing and unpredictable climate change on the horizon, it only makes sense to invest in plant materials that can hold their own during extreme weather events. Although it can be difficult to know exactly what to expect of future weather, planting for extremes in your current climate zone is a good place to start. For example — areas with cool, wet weather might expect even cooler, wetter weather during the winter, whereas hot and dry climates may exhibit periods of extreme heat and drought increasingly in summer months. To avoid losing all of your beloved garden companions to the elements, try out these environmentally-friendly options:
- Use plants native to (or naturalized in) your area
- Plant for pollinator support, i.e. birds, bees, butterflies and other insects
- Consider xeriscape landscaping for arid climates
Create a Garden Pond
Incorporating a pond into the landscape does require some initial investment, however the payoff afterwards will be long-appreciated for years to come. Not only are ponds relaxing to behold and an aesthetic upgrade in the garden, but they can also house many beautiful aquatic plants, fish and frogs. Some maintenance may be needed periodically to prevent algae buildup and plant overgrowth, but keep in mind that ponds help to create a more balanced eco-environment which supports local wildlife. Additional features, like pumps and fountains, can also benefit your pond by assisting in water flow and movement, while providing a relaxing natural soundtrack for your enjoyment.
Incorporate Smart Technology
If you live in a region prone to drought and water restrictions, you may want to consider upgrading to a smart watering system. With live data monitoring, automated watering schedules, and controlled output, you won’t have to worry about paying heavy fines for using more than your fair share– and your lawn doesn’t have to suffer, either. Smart technology for the lawn and garden is a rapidly advancing industry with new innovations on the market yearly, including several that can save you time and money in the long term!
Edible gardens are nothing new, but they ARE seeing a rapid rise in popularity for gardens of all sizes. The resulting food shortages and extra time spent at home during the pandemic’s early days spawned a massive wave of home gardening for food production, both as a hobby and a necessity. Even though the pandemic may be stabilizing, extreme weather events are unfortunately still destroying entire yields of agricultural crops on a yearly basis. Adding edible and fruit-producing plants into the garden is easier than it may seem, and doesn’t mean having to subtract from aesthetic design; many edible plants, such as kale, rhubarb and artichokes, are often used decoratively in gardens today.
Modern advances in plant breeding have yielded a vast array of ornamental plants displaying dramatic colors, many of which can be used in paired plantings to showcase their brilliance. A popular trend for 2022 and beyond is to take advantage of bold color choices, such as deep dark purples or brilliant bright greens, and plant them next to each other in the landscape. Patterns like this can create a stunning mosaic in a fairly simple way, bringing “new life” to beds and borders.
We hope you enjoyed reading about these landscaping trends for 2022! It is going to be a fantastic year.