The top floral and gardening trends to expect for summer, according to experts

We've got the scoop on the most popular floral and gardening trends you'll see this summer. FYI – they are gorgeous.

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Backyard landscaping and gardening trends come and go throughout the seasons and while the first sign of last year’s perennials will always be a welcomed sign of spring regardless of this season’s trends, there are always going to be certain garden plant ideas and styles that you can expect to see more of in backyards and at the garden center, too.

Looking to spruce up your backyard garden before the warm weather is in full swing? Below, we’ve checked in with a handful of gardening and landscaping experts to get their insights on exactly what floral trends to expect for the summer.

Whether you’re looking for a smart way to add some greenery to your small patio or you’re hoping to transform your backyard into a tropical oasis, here are the top floral trends to expect for summer.

1. Minimal and eco-friendly flowers

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Many of us have shifted from purely aesthetic-based decision making to a more eco-friendly approach and being more intentional about sustainable gardening doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

“I expect that the latest floral trends this summer are set to incorporate a minimalist and eco-friendly approach both in interior and outdoor gardening,” explains Ryan Smith, Owner of Oregon-based Ant & Garden Pest Control.

2. Florals that represent optimism

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According to Smith, after such a tumultuous year at home, many amateur gardeners are looking to plant flowers that will give an overall uplifting feeling “Some of the top choices of florists and plant-keeper this year will be the conventional sunflower plant and the Red Maranta Prayer Plant due to their optimistic and cheery symbolism,” he explains.

3. Wild gardens

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Thinking about starting your own at-home garden but not sure where to start? Thankfully, the laissez-faire approach is a totally acceptable way to go about gardening. According to Jen Stark, Founder of Happy DIY Home, wild gardens are picking up in popularity among amateur gardeners as a totally stress-free way to create a beautiful area outdoors.

“Instead of having to spend hours each week perfectly manicuring your yard, you can just let it grow,” shares Stark. “Add a packet of wildflowers and let them grow throughout the spring and summer months. You'll get height and pops of color for your landscaping, and it makes a great place for small animals to hide.”

4. Planting out raised garden beds

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Raised garden beds are also gaining in popularity—which can be a great option if you’re renting or don’t want to commit to working your garden into your existing landscaping.

“Not only do raised garden beds make it simple to sort out your plants or vegetables, but it's less work than what comes with traditional plants,” shares Stark. “Also, it's easier on your body, especially your back, to keep them healthy and maintained because you're not doing as much bending to reach them.”

5. Mediterranean-inspired gardens

Dramatic succulents, pelargoniums and agaves add interest to this sunny outdoor seating spot, surrounded by ornamental grasses, salvias and tithonias

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According to Stark, another popular trend is Mediterranean-inspired gardens and outdoor spaces that foster a sense of vacation and relaxation from the comfort of home.

“You can create modern twists while incorporating pistachio, terracotta, and pastel colors,” suggests Stark.  “Add some layers of cushions scattered around your sitting area, rustic outdoor crockery full of bright flowers, and soft garden lighting to complete the look.”

6. Creating shade gardens

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“I've had a lot of clients asking about shaded gardens this year. I think the pandemic has renewed interest in gardening, but it's also made people very aware of the hard work involved,” says Dan Dailey, President of WikiLawn Austin Lawn Care. “When you're at an office all day, it can be relaxing to garden, even in the blistering heat.”

It’s set to be one of the hottest summers on record, especially in tropical areas, which is encouraging homeowners to naturally turn to the colorful flowers that can be grown in the shade. Bailey suggests starting with long strings of foxglove and going from there.

7. Hanging air plants

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“Whether you’re a proud and seasoned plant parent, or just toying with the idea of turning your thumb green, styling air plants has never been easier,” says Jennifer Braidwoof, Owner and Designer at Braid & Wood. “Suspended and wall-mounted designs allow you to showcase your budding beauties while being conscious of space. Think modern and minimal, with a little bit of shine.”

Hanging air plants are a great option for those dealing with smaller spaces—even a postage stamp-sized balcony or patio has more than enough room for a couple of artfully displayed plant hangers.

What's your floral vibe this year?

Kaitlyn McInnis

Kaitlyn is an experienced travel and lifestyle writer with a keen interest in interior decorating and home optimization. An avid traveler, she's currently splitting her time between her apartment in a century-old châteauesque building in Montreal and her cozy chalet in the woods (that she built with her own two hands... and many YouTube tutorials!). Her work has been published in Travel + Leisure, Tatler Asia, Forbes, Robb Report Singapore, and various other international publications.