8 gardening trends 2023: what’s trending in the plant world

Green-fingered enthusiasts, get ready for a year full of greenery, colour and nature magic. Wonder is sharing plant inspiration and gardening trends set to bloom this upcoming year. Let’s explore 8 top gardening trends 2023.

Our top gardening trends 2023

1. Flourishing houseplants 

Indoor gardening is more popular than ever, so it’s no surprise that houseplants will continue to be popular in 2023. 

More and more young people are taking a liking to gardening, and their houses are becoming their canvas for greenery. Houseplants add interest and texture to interior spaces. And this year we predict more plant lovers will want to nurture and love more unusual and unique plants. 

The polka dot begonia, alocasia cuprea and philodendron brandtianum are just a few plants that really stand out for their colours, patterns and textures in the same way a coffee table or rug can. 

Read our indoor plant care tips for flourishing flowers and foliage.

Feed your houseplants with Wonder Plant Food Stix, which will feed your indoor plants for up to 60 days. 

An image of multiple houseplants, unusual and unique pictured in a house

2. Climate-resilient gardens 

Following the summer’s heat and drought, gardeners will be searching for methods to prepare their areas for any type of weather (without the stress or concern about keeping plants in great shape).

Gravel gardens and xeriscaping (gardens designed to use less water in the future) will be popular, but a changing climate does not have to entail a whole new style for gardens.

Gardeners can make a few swaps to start a more drought-tolerant and water-wise garden. 

Here are some beautiful plants to add to your yard or patio to keep up with gardening trends 2023. 

Yarrows or achilleas are one of the easiest perennials to cultivate and are an excellent choice for beginners. They just need full light and well-drained soil. Once planted, they thrive in medium soil and are drought resistant. 

Coreopsis is simple to grow and thrives in any well-drained soil with full sun. Once established, they’re rather drought-tolerant.

Sempervivum is named Hen and Chicks as it is composed of one large rosette called the “hen,” which sprouts many smaller rosettes around it called “chicks.” The plant thrives in the cracks and crevices of stone walls and walkways. Additionally, it looks great in containers.

Sustainable gardening is big. Explore ways to create a more sustainable garden for yourself.

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An up-close shot of sempervivium, a great drought-tolerant plant for a more sustainable garden.

3. Cottagecore style gardens

The internet aesthetic Cottagecore is popular with young adults who celebrate an idealised rural lifestyle. Aesthetically it nods to old English and European-style cottages. With TV shows, like Netflix’s “Bridgerton” being ever-so-popular, this nostalgic trend is taking over clothing, interiors and the garden. 

Dreamy plants like roses, lilacs, hydrangeas and hollyhock are having their time in the spotlight. The palette of pinks, purples and whites adds a delicate touch to any garden. Adding a bit of whimsy is also welcome. Cottage gardens also feature found objects, such as wheelbarrows or bikes, and white benches to decorate areas of the garden.

Allium’s globe-shaped heads bobbing above a sea of foliage, bring pops of colour to garden beds.

Dianthus makes a great selection for any garden with expansive options of annual, biennial, and perennial varieties.

A cottagecore style garden, styled with traditional and delicate flowers like roses

4. Textured gardens with foliage plants

For many of our seasoned gardeners, we know foliage has always been a focus. Some, however, discover a whole new world of possibilities when they recognise what foliage has to offer.

Include foliage in a variety of textures in your gardens and containers to add depth and complexity.

Fuzzy leaves, soft moss and delicate thin stems all elevate a garden just by being interesting. 

Coleus is a popular Victorian bedding plant planted for its leaves, which come in an infinite variety of shapes, patterns and colours ranging from bright yellow to practically black.

Elephant ear’s common name comes from giant heart-shaped leaves up to 60 cm that resembles an elephant ear. The foliage is green, purple, or nearly black, with striped or speckled patterns. 

Ferns provide lushness to borders, beds, and containers. Plants can range in size from small examples found on the forest floor to massive tropical tree ferns. 

An image of fern leaves pictured overlapping

5. Growing your own bouquet

More and more gardeners are experimenting with cultivating their own bouquet material. Flowers that are easy to cultivate at home, such as sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos in a range of hues, as illustrated in this bouquet, are all great for bouquets.

Here are our expert tips to get started on growing a cutting garden: 

When choosing flowers, select ones with strong stems that bloom for long periods of time. Asters and delphiniums are great options. 

Prepare your soil properly. Read about flower fertilisers: your gardening game changer

A woman pictured cutting flowers from her home flower garden

6. Backyard tropical paradises

One approach to creating a stunning tropical garden design is to include tropical plants in your backyard foliage. Tropical tall trees are ideal for providing shade in your garden paradise. Many other plants, such as shrubs, flowers, grasses, and climbing plants, will contribute to the rich and colourful appearance.

Add a water feature for tranquillity and peace, plus a lovely element to visit as you walk through your garden. A pond, fountain or wading pool are just some options for a more relaxed outdoor living space. 

An image of a garden filled with tropical plants and trees, made to look like a tropical paradise

7. Greek-inspired gardens

A neutral backdrop, climbing plants, colourful accents and terracotta planters encompass a worldly garden inspired by Greece backyards.

Originally from South America bougainvillaea are sprawling climbers and shrubs with pretty florals that add the perfect colour and greenery to a garden looking to take on the aesthetic of a Greek garden.

Resilient olive trees can add shade to your Mediterranean-inspired oasis. 

Line your stone garden stairs with drought-tolerant vegetation. Tulbaghia violacea, often known as society garlic, is a pink-flowered plant. Lavender is always a safe pick for a dose of relaxing aroma.

A Greek-inspired garden with creeping plants, white walls and flowers in terracotta pots

8. Complete gardens

The idea of a singular crop or one type of flowering perennial in our gardens is becoming less appealing. This year, we’re encountering more gardens with a balanced mix of flowering plants, grasses, herbs and other edible plants. 

This type of diversity adds visual interest and contributes to the creation of a healthy atmosphere. It reduces the likelihood of insect infestation and hence preserves healthy plants. 

A complete garden is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor environments. Be imaginative. 

Read more on how to plant a veggie garden to plan and prep your garden setup.

Vegetables and plants pictured from a top view in a complete garden

Trends come and go, but gardening never goes out of style

Being up-to-date with garden trends is a good investment for gardeners. We learn new information, techniques, and tools for transforming our outdoor and indoor spaces. And although some trends may not be your gardening style, the ideas and concepts behind them give green-fingered enthusiasts permission to become creative in the garden. 

More than the hype, we’re adding value to our existing garden setup.

Ready to get started on gardening trends 2023? Follow Wonder on Facebook and Instagram for more planting inspiration and ideas, as well as our expert advice and care guides. 

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