There may still be snow on the ground in many parts of the United States, but that isn’t stopping garden professionals and plant aficionados from planning their 2023 gardens. According to some of our experts, there are a few new ideas in the world of horticulture—and so many of them are worth trying out in your yard. These are the booming (or should we say blooming?) garden trends to dig into this year.
While this word might inspire a few opinions in the world of interior design, maximalism is about to have its moment outside, says Zolene Quindoy, the head horticulturist at Yardzen. Outdoor maximistas will rely less on kitsch and more on color, volume, and texture this year, she says. “This trend is all about creating landscapes that are energizing, vibrant, and fun. It might play out as an eclectic and wild perennial-filled meadowscape or a layered hillside tropical garden paired with playful handmade tile for hardscaping,” she says.
This landscaping trend was likely borne out of the last few years’ many hardships. “People have spent a lot of time at home the past two years looking at and living in their outdoor spaces. During the pandemic, functional front and backyards surged as people needed more livable space for daily activities,” Quindoy says. “Now, as people have settled into their homes, they’ve had a long time to understand their own style and aesthetic—and they’re craving landscapes that aren’t just functional, but showcase their personal style, too.”
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