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Gardening 2020 Plant Trends

This June 15, 2015 photo shows a dwarf hybrid blueberry plant growing in a container on a residential sidewalk near Langley, Wash. Growers without a lot of living space increasingly are choosing the dwarf varieties of their favorite plants, making this one of the hottest gardening trends predicted for 2020. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Their forecast is based largely on market observations and feedback from people seeking information from Extension offices.

Interest is strong for native plants, dwarf hybrids, "re-wilding" gardens, edible settings, wildlife-friendly landscapes, dark foliage, succulents, novel greens, landscaping for natural disasters, and softer, leafier floral arrangements, the horticulturists said.

"More and more folks are wanting to think about sustainability," said Mark Tancig, a UF/IFAS agent based in Leon County.

"They're wanting to plant things that don't require as much water or fertilizer," he said. "Plants that resist disease and insects. Plants that provide for wildlife use and need less maintenance and input. That not only saves money but it looks good, too. It's restorative to the environment."

Breaking down the study's trending Top 10:

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For more about the 2020 food and plant trends report, see this Infographic from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences: https://branding.ifasufledu/promotional/UFIFAS_TrendReport20

You can contact Dean Fosdick at deanfosdick@netscape.net

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