Do you wish you had a crystal ball to see the new and exciting garden trends for 2023? Garden Media Group has already done the work for you, predicting what every gardener will want next year!
In 2012, it was the rise of forest bathing, and in 2019, it was a reconnection to the natural world. Katie Dubrow, President of Garden Media Group, says this year’s report, “I believe in me,” builds on those themes.
Garden Media Group predicts that 2023 will be a year when there’s more personal responsibility taken for the materials we use, the things we buy and consume, and our beliefs and values. The report suggests the pandemic taught us that we can’t control external things, only what we do, think, use, and purchase.
Do you want to be a garden trendsetter in 2023? Then take a look at the tips below!
In 2023, the solar-powered weed whacker will cruise the garden, destroying unwelcome plants. Smart devices, tools, and interactive apps that allow a gardener to shop, log plants, and calculate planting and harvesting times will surge to the forefront.
Back Door Revolution
Everyone wants a garden of some kind. Small-space gardening will become even more popular, with garden centers, brands, and consumers soaking up the idea of vertical planting and container gardening. Petite varieties of garden stalwarts, such as roses and clematis, will also grow in popularity.
One hundred is the new 50. Active super agers want to continue learning, have new experiences, and enjoy all life offers, including gardening. Raised garden pods that don’t require bending and specially designed garden tools for those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues will become popular. Plant coaching classes for those starting their gardening journey or wanting to improve their skills will be geared toward millennials and baby boomers alike.
More than a showcase of dance moves, TikTok has become a forum for content creators to highlight a unique niche and reach a broader audience. Short posts on everything from native plant species to creating moon gardens will dot the PlantTok landscape as influencers and garden experts continue to share content.
It’s All Greek To Me
Gravel walkways, statues, drought-resistant grasses, lavender, boxwood hedges and roses are throwbacks to an era in which stone walls, archways, vines, and shaded seating areas dominated the gardenscape. In 2023, these nostalgic gardens filled with classical Greek elegance will surge in popularity.
Redrawing The Map
To determine which plants best suit your region, gardeners and farmers often rely on hardiness or climate zone charts that denote minimum and maximum temperature ranges, annual rainfall amounts, and more.
But as climate change accelerates, warmer temperatures are creeping northward at about 20km per decade and changing these once-determined zones.
Trees are a bell weather for what’s to come. Forward-thinking gardeners have already moved away from homogenous tree planting for aesthetic purposes to a mix of trees that create a more diverse ecosystem and are more resistant to climate swings. In Maine, for example, the cool-loving spruce will slowly migrate north, replaced by forests of birch and beech trees better suited for slightly warmer climates.
Learning what to plant now for the future will matter in 2023.
Colour Of The Year
Psychedelic orange was the hallmark of the 1960s and 70s. In 2023, orange returns but takes on a muted terracotta hue. Consider the sombrero orange coneflower, copper top sweet viburnum, or a cacophony of peach roses. An orange begonia will look beautiful beside the muted ombre of a patio cushion.
Garden Media believes society is entering a spiritual renaissance of self-reliance, maximalism, and enjoying the experiences and things most sacred to us; this reflects in the trend that Dubrow believes will resonate most in 2023, which is the re-defining of climate zones. It reinforces our world is changing, as are we.