Native plants, moon gardens and cyber limes are in 2024 | Home and garden

Native plants, moon gardens and cyber limes are in 2024 |  Home and garden

Each year, a series of gardening surveys are conducted to determine evolving trends in home gardening, consumer interests and perspectives, and the types of information they value. The title of Garden Media’s 2024 Garden Trends Report, “Eco-Optimism,” speaks volumes about the environmental awareness of home gardeners.

Some interesting findings from the survey: About 67% of Americans ages 18 to 23 reported that they suffer from “environmental anxiety,” described as a persistent fear of environmental disasters fueled by a 50% increase in the frequency of climate-related disasters since 2000. This year ranked among the 10 warmest years on record, and in the South, we saw some record-breaking droughts.








Moonflower (Ipomea alba) is a tropical white morning glory often grown in moon gardens.




Recent studies indicate that more than 25,000 species are currently at risk of extinction due to climate change. By 2050, 200 million people could be climate displaced. For these reasons, gardeners want to put more effort into their landscapes and gardens, knowing that they can make an impact with their gardening practices. The report indicated that 68% of people between the ages of 15 and 24 – that is, 1.2 billion people – want to make positive climate impacts.

Native plants are all around us — but they’re not always easy to find on the shelf. The National Gardening Survey reported that the number of people purchasing native plants has nearly doubled since 2019. Additionally, they reported a 10% year-over-year increase in people who garden for bees, butterflies, and birds. Way to go for ecosystem services!

Order more natives at your local retail garden centers and work with local groups like the Louisiana Native Plant Society to find more natives.







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Neon green is the color of the garden this year. Look for Louisiana Superplant Lemon Sedum at retail garden centers.




What about carbon sequestration? More and more gardeners are thinking about this as we continue to face rising levels of carbon in the atmosphere. Gardeners trying to help sequester carbon should plant fast-growing native trees, native grasses, and herbaceous perennials. Every decision matters.

Do you like science fiction? Well, if you do, sci-fi landscape design trends are in this year. They include closed ecosystem terrariums, survival gardens, and night gardens that sparkle in starlight, also known as moon gardens.

Moon gardens are enjoyed at night and are identified by the type of plants they include – typically, plants with white or cool-coloured flowers as well as silvery or variegated foliage that can be seen in reflected moonlight.

Cool colors such as light blue, bright yellow, striped and lavender as well as white flowers and gray and silver foliage can be seen most easily at night in the garden. Moon gardens can also include flowers with a heavy evening scent, light-colored hardcovers, and accessories that enhance the garden at night. By incorporating more white and silver into the garden that reflects the moonlight, you can create a gorgeous evening feel to your landscape.

Survival gardens typically focus on growing a variety of plants that are nutritious, easy to grow, and have a long lifespan. Common crops in survival gardens include vegetables, fruits, herbs, and medicinal plants that can be preserved through canning, drying, and other storage methods.

Survival gardens often prioritize resilience and sustainability, and use techniques such as companion planting, crop rotation, and organic gardening practices to increase productivity and reduce reliance on chemical inputs.

In addition, neon lights, bright varieties, and “weird” plants such as unusual succulents and starry or silver-colored plants are great additions to a sci-fi garden. Cyber ​​lime is the garden color of the year, according to a Garden Media survey. It is a vibrant, almost fluorescent shade that invigorates the body and mind. This intense green color symbolizes the dynamic synergy between nature and technology.

Lime complements a wide range of colors. It pairs beautifully with fuchsia, vibrant orange, yellow and various shades of pink and purple, creating a lively and lively palette. Lemon color also contrasts strikingly with black and blends harmoniously with most other colors.

These are just some of the trends in gardening. Eco-friendly and sustainable gardening practices are here to stay. The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about the changes you want to make in the garden. With the dry spells of last summer, you likely have room to grow and try new things.

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