Outdoor plant trends 2020 – these plant predictions are shaping our shopping habits

We talked to the trend experts to find out what outdoor plant trends will be big in 2020.

Look forward to an abundance of colour and fragrance as Andy Miller, Head Gardener at Haddonstone tells us which outdoor plants will be trending for 2020.

PLANT TRENDS 2020

1. VERBENA BONARIENSIS

These unique plants are best suited at the back of a border as they grow to around 5 feet in height. The blue/purple flowering blooms from mid summer to late autumn. As the push to attract more wildlife to our gardens continues, this plant is a great pollinator for bees and other insects, and sways in the light breeze. They’re also grown very easily from seed in compost or soil.

Plant trends 2020

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2. ALLIUM ‘UNIVERSE’

Plants with colorful foliage will continue to be attractive in 2020, like this one. These are absolutely stunning purple rounded flower heads which bloom in late spring. They’re great in pots and planters, as well as grown in borders. They give good height and colour to any planting scheme.

Outdoor plant trends 2020

Photography: Douglas Gibb

3. LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA ‘ENGLISH LAVENDER’

These are grown in pots/planters and will typically be used in the front of garden borders. They’re perfect for all year round in 2020, with evergreen blue and silver foliage, and blossom into deep blue flowers by mid-summer. There’s a lot of focus right now on how we can attract more bees to our gardens, and English Lavender is a magnet for bees to pollinate!

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4. RUDBECKIA FULGIDA VAR. SULLIVANTII ‘GOLDSTURM’

This large, daisy-like deep yellow flower heads have a black centre to them, and their aesthetic makes them ideal summer flowering this year. We’ll see them more this year as they’re so eye-catching in a border or cluster.

5. MISCANTHUS SINENSIS ‘COSMOPOLITAN’ GRASS

With stripes of white and green arching stems, and silver/pink tassels forming later in the summer season, the Miscanthus sinesis is striking and makes a calming, rustling sound in light breeze. The grass is also good all year round, to use in a border or large pot.

Outdoor plant trends

Photography: Nicola Stocken

6. LONICERA X AMERICANA ‘COMMON HONEY SUCKLE’

As vertical gardening comes into mainstream, this plant is ideal for walls or trellis. The plant is sweet-scented, and almost orange-like. Flowering from early summer to autumn, the white flowers turn a deep yellow with a slight tinge of purple on the tips.

Plant trends

7. AMELANCHIER CANADENSIS ‘SERVICEBERRY’

This tree keeps on giving. As spring approaches, this tree looks stunning with its creamy white flowers. A great tree to plant if you’re looking to help the environment, and perfect for those with a smaller garden, as they only grow to around 20 feet.

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