What does 2019 have in store for us gardeners? Perhaps we should turn this sentence around and rather ask what are we going to do gardening-wise in 2019? To help us in our endeavours I have looked at the gardening trends for 2019 and they are worth sharing with you. Excitingly the future of gardening looks joyful!
Gardening connects us to Mother Nature and is birthing the new ‘environmentalist’ who may just be the saving grace of the planet! There is a new global reality. Each passing year has been the hottest on record, insects are rapidly disappearing and we are buried in our technology. Researchers have found that for years it was all about “ME”. But now there is hope. Now they are seeing the trend swing to towards “SHE” – Mother Nature!
Get Minted – a cool minty colour is the trend for 2019. No longer considered outdated, vintage mint green, is making a comeback in home décor and in the garden. This oxygenating, fresh, neutral tone harmonizes science and technology with plant life and nature. It ushers in optimism and a return to nature. This colour can be used to refresh your patio furniture and garden accessories.
As to the actual mint plant, it is easy to grow, requires little care and you can cut as much as you need. Mint is more than a herb for tea – it is a great pollinator plant for bees and butterflies. Biting insects don’t like mint so plant it around your patios and walkways. Mint has healing benefits – aiding digestion, freshening breath and improving gut health which is a 2019 food trend!
Robo-Gardening – with the rapid decrease of insects and even faster increase in human populations, gardening will rely on technology to propel more change in the years ahead. From drones to phones, new technology is making gardening easier. From robotic mowers, wireless plant sensors and sprinkler systems, high-tech tools are freeing gardeners up from unpleasant tasks or simply making them better gardeners. Robotic drones designed like bees, have even been created and are being used to pollinate flowers
Moon-Struck – moon-phase gardening is an idea as old as agriculture, but new concepts and scientific ideas are reconnecting people to their roots. More people are turning to the moon for sage advice on the best time to plant, prune, weed and harvest. This is how it works:
- Plant annuals especially vegetables that bear crops above the ground during the waxing moon – from the day the moon is new, to the day it is full.
- Plant flowering bulbs, perennials, biennials and vegetables that bear crops below the ground during the waning moon – from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
Flowers and plants that glow at night such as lamb’s ear or shasta daisies show up your garden in the evenings. Night blooming fragrant flowers like evening primrose awaken the senses and an added benefit of moon gardens is that they attract different night-time pollinators.