Landscaping Trends for 2024

According to Garden Media Group’s 2024 Garden Trends Report, this is the year of Eco-Optimism. Gardening and horticulture are pointing towards an approach that blends sustainability and innovation with luxury and nostalgia. Industry trends suggest gardens and landscaping techniques that include minimizing excess, planting with native plants, focusing on “green” goals, and planting for the soul. The following ideas revolve around these concepts and we’re sure you’ll find an idea here to call your own.

Food Forests
One very self-sustaining and low-maintenance trend is called food foresting. Based off woodland ecosystems, it incorporates a multi-layer setting where the bottom-most layer is made of root/fungi crops, while the top layer includes large trees, oftentimes those that produce fruit. This plant-based food production system can include many types of harvestable crops and can even be a way to help feed urban local communities if you’re so inclined to become a seller at your local farmer’s market.

Some plant suggestions for food forests include culinary herbs such as basil or cilantro, fungi like mushrooms, climbing annuals such as squash or cucumbers, vining berries, and even those for wildlife like honeysuckle.

Biodiverse Spaces
They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat-same with your yard. Spaces nowadays don’t need to be pigeonholed into any one thing or another. And frankly, planting a pollinator garden and a food forest in the same area is kinda cool. By focusing on planting a variety of native plants in addition to those that offer pollen and nectar throughout the growing season, you’ll ensure a healthy environment for life’s creatures to live and grow. Just don’t forget to include host plants for pollinators to munch and lay their eggs on and a water source-even if it’s just Cup plants, whose leaves catch and hold rainwater.

Some plant suggestions for pollinator gardens include milkweed for butterflies, native grasses for skippers, nettles for red admirals, and plants from the parsley family for black swallowtails.

Sensory & Wellness Gardens
These gardens are meant to stimulate the five senses while promoting mental health, mindfulness, joy, and connect us to nature. Typically built using the design elements of patterns, movement, shapes, and visual contrast, these gardens are also excellent for those with disabilities. Often they incorporate hardscape for sound, low-maintenance textured plants, and plants with strong year-round scents.

Plant suggestions for sensory or wellness gardens could be ultra soft lamb’s ear, fragrant Mediterranean herbs, coneflower, or chives.

Hortifuturism
This new concept represents and defines a futuristic approach to gardening and horticulture and produces a Sci-Fi movie look. It is the love child of sustainability and innovation. Cyber lime is the color on point for 2024 and symbolizes the connection between technology and nature. The brighter and bolder with this garden, the better. Think vivid oranges, yellows, bright pinks, and deep purples.

Flowers and plants that work with this theme include Queeny lime zinnias, Japanese Forest Grass, and “Painted Lady” Philodendron, among others.

Above all, these eco-techniques focus on using low carbon materials and processes that reduce negative environmental impacts and reduce waste. They can also become wildlife habitats that lessen extinction and positively contribute to the climate, not to mention they are simply beautiful. Visit any of our five Joe’s Market Basket locations to purchase the plants you need to build your next outdoor oasis.

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