Here are the top trends for the year to inspire you and help support adjusted lifestyles at home. Let Mother Nature work her magic to lift those spirits and make every space a place for life to shine!
Trendy colours that celebrate life
The Pantone colour of the year is grey and yellow: grey representing fortitude and yellow symbolising happiness. Stay on trend by planting some of these beauties below:
Sun in your pocket
- Yellow canna lily: full sun in beds or containers, bold and bright, frost-sensitive.
- Marigolds: full sun or semi-shade, drought-tolerant, attracts butterflies, repels pests.
- Yellow capsicum: a full sun veggie, sprout seeds indoors in spring.
- Cape honeysuckle: full sun or semi-shade, attractive ornamental shrub, good for hedges.
Grey for greatness
- Senecio Angel Wings: robust in size with an angelic silver/grey sheen, an absolute stunner!
- Lamium: grow best in partial/full shade to avoid scorching the leaves of these pretties.
- Lavender varieties with grey foliage, Petunias with silver flowers, as well as succulents from the Echeveria family with interesting thick-leaved rosettes.
- Salvia lanceolata: hardy and water-wise, this grey-green aromatic shrub is for full sun spots.
Uplifting utopias in small spaces
Balcony, patio, and container gardening allows everyone to become part of the eco-tribe, regardless of space limitations. You can always go vertical or experiment with hanging baskets too. Include these lovelies:
Easy indoor elegance
- Peperomia: a favourite ornamental foliage with intriguing, fleshy leaves, easy to care for.
- Philodendron: available in vining and non-climbing varieties with large, glossy foliage.
- Spider plant: produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage, good for baskets and texture.
- Fiddle-leaf fig: has a tropical feel with eye-catching, large-veined, violin-shaped leaves.
Ideal outdoor delights
- Zinnia marylandica: a drought-tolerant, full sun hybrid for beds, borders, or containers.
- Impatiens: for shady areas, a brightly-bloomed annual available in many colour varieties.
- Pansies & Violas: super cool-season contenders for colour in semi-shade or full sun areas.
- Begonias: stunning foliage and lovely blooms for pots, baskets, and beds with gentle sun/semi-shade.
Plant-tertaining for precious pollinators
Attract bees, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and eco-barometers like frogs and lizards by planting some of these:
- Antirrhinum (Snapdragons)
Have your permaculture and eat it Homegrown goodness is all the rage! South Africans are rediscovering the pleasure of growing food and harvesting the fruits (and veg, and herbs) of their labour.
Cool-season crispy crops
Spinach and leafy greens, thyme, spring onions, garlic, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, and microgreens.
Scrumptious summer harvest
Tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, watermelon, cucumber, peppers, berries, squash, basil, and sage.
Tiny plants for desk delights
Tiny plants are the sweetest little solutions to green-up your workspace and help soothe the working mind. Keep your babies in small pots to limit their growth or replant them outdoors later.
- Succulents from the Sempervivum family are fab no-fuss plants, and they produce offsets.
- Microgreens: super cute seedlings of edible plants and you can snack on them too!
- Mini tomatoes and pot peppers are must-haves to add to your tiny edible collection.
- There you have it – your top trends for the year and a ton of inspiration to keep you going during The Great Reset!