2017 Gardening Trends

The gardening trends for 2017 are promising to be an exciting move towards colour block planting, dwarf shrub planting, and green (!). Let’s have a look at what to expect and how you can achieve the look in your garden!

#1 Gardening Trend for 2017 : Colour block planting


Garden designers have for many years been fans of planting in 3s and 5s, but the trend to plant in colour blocks will add a new excitement to a garden. With colour block planting, the idea is to plant several plants that are all the same colour. Here are my top suggestions that will really keep your garden trendy for 2017:

Red year-round colour block planting: (colour block planting can be designed with any colour in mind, I just love red!)

Spring: Tulipa Brilliant Star, Rhodedron Arboreum ‘Blood Red’, and Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Simon’i Scarelt in Spring’.

Summer: Saliva Splendens ‘Blaze of Fire’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, and Rosa ‘Alec Red’

Autumn: Acer PalatumEuonymus europaeus ‘Cascade Red’, and Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper).

Winter: Cornus alba ‘Siberica’, Heuchera ‘Winter Red’, Ilex aquafolium ‘English Holly’.

Colour block planting that changes with the seasons: (block colour your garden by season and watch as your garden changes colour!)

Spring (yellow suggestions) : Primula vulgaris, Narcissi ‘Jack Frost’, Forsythia x intermedia ‘Spectabilis’

Summer (pink suggestions): Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs R Bolton’, Rosa floribunda ‘The Fairy’, and Geranium dalmataicum.

Autumn (orange suggestions) : Acer saccharum,  Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’, and Sorbus aucuparia.

Winter (white suggestions): Prunus subhirtella autumnalis, Erica x darleyensis ‘Silver Beads’, Galanthus elwesii.

colour block planting

#2 Gardening Trend for 2017 : Dwarf Shrub planting

My top choice when it comes to dwarf shrubs is the Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (also known as ‘dwarf sweetbox’)

This dwarf evergreen shrub flowers in the late winter. The flowers are tiny and the frangrance is amazing! Use the dwarf sweetbox as evergreen ground cover for both full or part shade.

  • Dwarf shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Small frangrant flowers
  • Full or part shade
  • Groundcover

… what’s not to love about this dwarf shrub?!


#3 Gardening Trend for 2017 : Green (!)

The Panatone colour for 2017 has been declared as ‘GREENERY

PANTONE 15-0343’ Panatone describe this colour as:


“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”


Some great plants for this 2017 gardening trend could be:

First days of spring: I love the wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, which reaches between 22 and 37cm. Nothing says ‘winter is over’ like the first buds of a daffodil!

Flourishing foliage: When I think of green garden foliage, I immediately think of the fern family. To follow the panatone colour of 2017 alongside this gardening trend of 2017 couldn’t be easier! My favourites are Dicksonia, Asplenium, and Dryopteris.

Oxygenating plants:

House plants can be amazing oxygenators and every house should have one (or two, or ten …). My favourite oxygenating houseplants that would be right on trend for both the panatone colour of 2017 and 2017 gardening trends would be: Chamaedorea elegans (Parlour palm), Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily), and any of the Ficus family.


There are some really fun gardening trends that are sure to be popular in 2017, which one are you tempted by?


Let us know in the comment section below which of the 3 Gardening Trends for 2017 is your favourite; feel free to add any you have spotted on your gardening adventures!