If you’re over the winter, you’re not alone. And if you’re a gardener, you’re likely already plotting what you’re going to be planting come springtime. Through the pandemic, the emphasis on green space proved to be more important than ever for mental health. Whether it was a walk in the woods or a sunny spot in the back yard to catch some rays, the power of the outdoors was a saving grace. And with the spring Equinox hitting on March 20, many eager gardeners are mapping out their harvest. Here’s a look at the top spring gardening trends, as predicted by Pinterest data.
Whether you’ve got a full luxurious balcony a la Juliet or a rickety fire escape with a single container on it, the most popular gardening trend on Pinterest is balcony gardens. With 964 boards dedicated to the high-flying trend, there are 265,259 pins specifically on this data, skyrocketing it to the most popular spring trend. Ideal for urban dwellers who don’t have a backyard of their own, balcony gardens allow you to maximize small spaces. They’re also pretty easy to maintain, which is perfect if you’re a gardening newbie.
The second most popular trend is garden recycling, with 909 dedicated boards on Pinterest. The great thing about garden recycling is the universality of the trend. Maybe it’s letting the eggshells from your daily breakfast dry out and crushing them into the soil for a tomato plant, or tossing the coffee grounds from your French press into a leafy plant. But it goes beyond that, too. Some people are using old furniture, like chests of drawers, to create unique garden planters and rustic potting benches. That scored 233,247 total pins on the Pinterest boards.
Rounding out the top three is wild gardens, with 1,000 boards on Pinterest. With 212,502 pins, wild gardens move away from more obviously designed spaces into more relaxed, naturalistic gardens that lack structure. Water features came in fourth place with 177,929 pins, while wildlife gardening, which provides food and shelter for wild creatures, rounded out the top five.
Completing the list was garden allotments in sixth place, followed by minimalist gardens in seventh and jewel tones in eighth place. Seeing as WGSN, the world’s leading trend forecasters, reported the jewel-toned magenta pink Orchid Flower as its color of the year for 2022, we can imagine people are ready for a little pop of color after the winter lull. And it looks like search engines are following, too: Google Trends show a 190 percent increase in search volumes for “jewel tones” in spring last year.
As for how this data was determined, experts from OnBuy Garden Furniture Sets scoured reputable publications to create a master list of popular spring garden trends in February of 2022. They identified the top eight, and cross-referenced with Pinterest by using a web scraping tool to examine the number of boards for each trend while also extracting the exact number of pins.