It may be winter, but our garden lust is still here, no matter if our yard/patio/window box is sleeping under snow. The pandemic taught us that there are powerful health benefits of gardening , and if you're looking to reap those benefits while staying on trend, you should know that this spring, it's all about pastels.
"Pastel color for spring! How groundbreaking!" we hear you quipping. But hold on a sec—according to the Flower Council of Holland, a European horticultural association that tracks trends in outdoor living, 2022 plantings are showing an uptick in "pink, blue, mint green and pale orange, alternated with more vivid accents. Coral red plays a fresh and softening role, and is important for both flowers and plants." The idea here is that refreshing your perennial shrubs with a few beds of annual seedlings—and perhaps a patch or two of sprinkled flower seeds—is a great way to infuse your garden with vital new energy.
Best of all, the Flower Council recommends thinking of your outdoor space as a relaxation area, rather than an overly manicured chore zone. "There's no need to rake," the Council's latest report assures us. "A bit of wildness has its charm."
Soothing color in a fuss-free joy zone? Yes, please. Here are our picks for starting or refreshing your perfectly on-trend 2022 garden.
1. Little Lime Hydrangea
Big foofy clusters of unusual light-green flowers in a compact shrub.
2. Mediterranean Pink Winter Heather
Lavender-pink flowers burst into bloom on this vivid groundcover in late winter, when gardeners are SO READY for spring.
3. Pink Knockout Rose
A lush little bush that keeps blooming from early spring until the first frost, this rose hybrid is a little slice of Provencal France for your lawn.
4. Orange African Daisy Plant
This colorful annual thrusts its happy orange blooms up to 24 inches tall, so they'll be noticed in a sea of green.
5. Pink Kalanchoe
Buy one set of these tough little succulents and boom! Your border is done.
6. Sweet Yards Seed Co. Black-Eyed Susan
One packet of seeds covers up to 600 square feet, so you'll have a brilliant three-foot-tall mini-meadow to attract so many butterflies and bumblebees.
7. Hidcote Blue Lavender Plant
A soothing garden isn't complete without a little scent of lavender in the breeze—and the floral spikes of this French variety makes great dried sachets.
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