Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant-trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Their forecast is based largely on market observations and feedback from people seeking information from Extension offices.
Interest is strong for native plants, dwarf hybrids, “re-wilding” gardens, edible settings, wildlife-friendly landscapes, dark foliage, succulents, novel greens, landscaping for natural disasters, and softer, leafier floral arrangements, the horticulturists said.
“More and more folks are wanting to think about sustainability,” said Mark Tancig, a UF/IFAS agent based in Leon County, Fla.
“They’re wanting to plant things that don’t require as much water or fertilizer,” he said. “Plants that resist disease and insects. Plants that provide for wildlife use and need less maintenance and input. That not only saves money but it looks good, too. It’s restorative to the environment.”