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9 must-try garden trends in your backyard this year

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There may still be snow on the ground in many parts of the United States, but that doesn’t stop gardening professionals and plant enthusiasts from planning the gardens of 2023. According to some of our experts, there are some new ideas in the gardening world—and many of them are worth trying out in your garden. These are the blooming (or should we say blooming?) garden trends to dig into this year.

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While that word may inspire some opinions in the interior design world, maximalism is about to have its place abroad, says Zolin Kuendwe, chief gardener at Yardzen. Outdoor maximistas will rely less on kitsch and more on color, size, and texture this year, she says. “This trend is all about creating landscapes that are invigorating, lively, and fun. It might play out as an eclectic lawn filled with perennial vigor or a tropical hillside garden paired with handcrafted tiles for sculpture,” she says.

This trend in landscaping is likely proven by the many hardships of the past few years. “People have spent a lot of time at home over the past couple of years looking at and living in their outdoor spaces. During the pandemic, functional front and back yards have gone up as people needed a more livable space for everyday activities,” says Quindwe. “Now that people have settled into their homes, they’ve had a long time to understand their own style and aesthetics—and they crave landscaping that’s not only functional but also showcases their personal style.”

The roof is covered with solar panels and there are vertical gardens planted on the walls of the house.

The roof is covered with solar panels and there are vertical gardens planted on the walls of the house.

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Want to see what’s new in the gardening world in 2023? You will have to search! Vertical gardening will become more popular this year, as it can liven up outdoor spaces for renters and homeowners alike, says Mallory Michitic, home expert at Angi. “For people who don’t have a lot of a yard, like renters or apartment owners, vertical gardens are a way to adapt their living space and incorporate greenery and other plants into the space they have,” she says. “For those with a bit more outdoor space, vertical gardens can provide privacy from neighbors or a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor work-from-home space.”

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Landscape design with palm trees and flowers. Top view of a modern garden design with a terrace.

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Climate-conscious gardening

Many people have come to terms with the idea that climate change will continue to disrupt the lives of many people around the world, which is why so many home gardeners are looking for ways to think globally while working locally. “With another sweltering summer ahead, filled with news of the monarch’s extinction, severe water restrictions in the West, drought spreading into new areas, and more, homeowners across the country are proactively looking for sustainable design solutions for their yards,” says Quindwe.

Due to the ongoing drought and harsh weather, water conservation is no longer possible Just direction. “We will continue to see homeowners who want to reduce water-intensive lawns and replace them with alternative species like alfalfa, install low-water edible front yards, or recreate their yards with native, climate-adapted species that require much less water,” says Kuendoy. Maintenance, water and fertilizers.

Quindwe predicts that 2023 will also bring more permeable solid designs in flood-prone areas and smart farming in wilderness-meets-urban areas as well. This is more than a hunch: According to Pinterest Predicts, searches for “drought-tolerant landscapes” increased by more than 385 percent at the end of 2022.

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Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Field of Purple Coneflowers Echinacea purpurea

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We’ll see more color return to the gardens in the new year, too. “Greens and soft neutrals, muted and dusty, have been very popular over the past few years,” says Quindwe. “Now, people are looking for a little more joy in their gardens, especially in the form of pollinator plants that not only bring a pop of color but support important pollinators like birds, bees, and butterflies.” This means plants such as native sunflowers, conifers (echinacea), garden plants, and aster plants will likely grow in the next few months.

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A honey bee collects pollen from a purple lilac bush in the spring.

A honey bee collects pollen from a purple lilac bush in the spring.

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Bee-friendly landscaping

Micetich agrees with Quinoy, and expects to see an explosion of intentional insemination yards in 2023. As for which creature will be top of mind? bees. “People are more attuned to the environmental benefits of saving bees and notice what bees and other pollinators bring to their gardens, so they plant flowers that encourage these visitors—like daisies, lavenders, lilacs, and honeysuckle—rather than driving them away,” Micetich says.

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Layouts are easy and organic

As bolder colors and extreme landscapes pick up speed, layouts get simpler, Quindwe notes. Expect to see more organic shapes, directions, and textures in the garden in 2023. “Think funky wildflowers, romantic trees, meandering gravel paths, mixing and matching plants and patterns in a way that feels natural and whimsical,” she says. Try it by mixing Mediterranean plants like lavender, agave, and olive trees with warm pebbles—and adding a pop of color like bougainvillea for an outdoor space that feels like a relaxing vacation, suggests Quindwe.

What is the reason behind this trend? People are finally on the road again, and as they travel (especially to European destinations), they fall in love with the old world charms they discover along the way.

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Flower beds are never completely depleted, but what happens inside That family will change this year. “We’ll continue to see more diversity in planting styles within beds—especially as people look for low-water or low-maintenance styles that still create visual interest and curb appeal,” says Quindwe, noting that many people have recently opted for the “meadow style.” Thanks to his “natural, unkind and informal” nature. “The style favors soft, wild ornamental grasses like silvergrass, lomandra, and blue fescue, which give you an organic look that requires little maintenance.”

Allergy friendly botanical garden with english ivy, lavender, etc.

Allergy friendly botanical garden with english ivy, lavender, etc.

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Allergy friendly plants

People are tired of seeing their doctors after what feels like three years of standard medical visits, which is why some of us may want to limit the amount of pollen we experience in and around our homes. “There’s a lot of interest in finding natural ways to deal with seasonal allergies, so we expect to focus on allergy-friendly plants this year,” says Micetich. Allergy-friendly plants like spider plants, lavender, English ivy, and snake plants can improve sleep and air quality, so they’re great to add to any garden, indoors or outdoors.

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Xeriscape garden with pink flowers, herbs and perennials

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Xeriscaping

Drought and water shortages are nothing new, but the way homeowners respond to them has changed drastically—which is why we’ll see a rise in xeriscaping (a landscaping system that requires little or no watering) in 2023, says Quindwe. “The good news is that there is recent momentum and education around this concept, and there is a lot of room for creativity and different styles within xeriscaping,” she says.

This system shouldn’t be difficult to use, because we know our yards better than we’ve ever had before. “The benefit of people spending a lot of time indoors in the past few years also means that people have more knowledge of the specific conditions of their yard,” says Kuendoy. “They know where light and shade are and understand exposure to heat, wind, drainage, etc. These are all important terms to note when creating a well thought out drought plan.”