What’s Trending with Plants in 2020

Our team at Engledow loves this time of year because it always means new beginnings for our nearly 90-year-old business. It’s also a time when we start gearing up for spring—our busiest season—and examining the newest trends in landscaping so we can offer some fresh ideas to our clients.

Here are a few we’re especially excited about:

Greener urban spaces.


We’re all about adding more landscaping to urban spaces, so we’re thrilled to know the desire for flowers, plants, and trees in the nation’s cities is blossoming.

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and people are increasingly looking for the tranquility of natural environments to break up their time among the asphalt, steel, and concrete. That means green spaces are being incorporated into new business districts. A great example is Indianapolis’s downtown, with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the American Legion Mall, and the planters along Georgia Street.

Want to know more about this movement? Check out America in Bloom, a fantastic nationwide program promoting the use of flowers, plants, and trees in downtowns everywhere.

More trees.

Along the same lines, there’s a push to ensure America’s cities are well shaded with strategically placed trees—another effort we support wholeheartedly.

Trees are not only beautiful and serene, but they help reduce energy consumption by shading buildings in the summer and creating barriers to cold wind in the winter. And they’re great spots for summer lunches and outdoor meetings.

Growing gardens.

Gardening grew six percent in 2018 to become a $40.2 billion industry, according to market research firm Euromonitor. And we’re happy to report it’s expected to keep growing—to $49.3 billion by 2023.

Right now, jobs in horticulture outnumber graduates two to one, so if you know someone being trained in urban agriculture or garden installation, keep us in mind. As our business continues to grow, we might need some help!

Greater greenery at home and work.

Americans continue to gravitate toward living and working in plant-filled environments, and we know the reasons: Plants clean the air, enhance creativity, and make us calmer and happier.

In fact, so many houseplants are being sold these days, buzz words are sprouting up. “Plant parents,” for example, refers to those who carefully care for their greenery; “plantfluencers” is used to describe Instagram celebrities who snap and post plant pictures.

Succulents are the best-selling plants these days, and tall indoor plants are also pretty popular. Trending varieties, as seen on Instagram, include Monstera, String of Dolphins, Pilea and Echeveria.

True blue.

It might sound like America’s got the blues. But in this case, that’s a good thing.

Blue plants and pots are beautiful in any landscape and, consequently, they maintain their popularity year after year. Choose blue Hydrangea, Salvia, Baptisia australis, and berries in blue hues to keep your garden stylish. Adding blue pots, pillows, and other décor works, too.

Environmentally thinking.

There are so many things you can do to help the environment if you’re landscaping. For example, if you’re creating a new outdoor landscape and are motivated to install your own beautiful version of Monet’s Garden, you might also be helping reestablish frogs and toads, which are pest-reducing amphibians. This is definitely a good thing for our ecosystem. Building and maintaining untreated bodies of water with cover, including water lilies, native ferns, swamp milkweed, and iris will do the trick.

When gardening outdoors—whether you’re planting flowers or vegetables—consider using organic products free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic gardening takes a little practice, but you can feel great about getting good at it because you’ll be helping the environment, too.

These are just a few emerging trends in 2020. As more materialize, you can count on us to know what’s new, interesting, growing, and green. If you’d like to try anything we’ve listed here, or are just looking for landscaping tips, we’d love to help. Contact us to learn more.

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