Convenience gardening is the force behind the popularity of water-wise solutions and drought-resistant plants that stand up to extreme weather. People want more out of their plants: they should not only be beautiful, but also help purify the air or provide a fruit or flower. Many people are now choosing plants and garden containers the same way they shop for furniture or décor, viewing the process as a way to enhance their house’s aesthetic appeal.
Self-watering options, including water bulbs and ollas, are an important aspect of convenience gardening and are in demand now more than ever. Younger gardeners are leading this movement, believing it is the perfect way to incorporate nature into their home’s design.
The limitations of urban environments and smaller living spaces have led to an increase in vertical gardening. Many convenient storage solutions and lightweight, easy-to-transport ergonomic tools make growing more accessible.
Gardening is also appealing because it improves physical and mental health. A UK study found gardeners to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, leading to improved sleep patterns, relaxation, and mental well-being.¹ Indoor plants can improve concentration and productivity by up to 15% while also reducing stress levels and boosting your mood.² NASA research has shown that indoor plants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours, making them a natural solution for air purification.³
Convenience Gardening Quick Overview:
- Small Structures
Aeriums and small, soil-less terrariums filled with air plants are very popular because they are easy, low-maintenance, and take up little space.
Water-wise solutions are important to younger gardening enthusiasts who care about the conservation of natural resources but lack basic horticultural knowledge.
- Planters with Style
Millennials are shopping for plants and containers as they would furniture and home accessories. Pots and plants are seen as a significant part of a home’s aesthetic.
- Storage Solutions
With smaller living spaces often being a restriction, there’s expected to be a rise of storage solutions—from sheds to more lightweight and ergonomic tools that are easier to transport— to make growing more accessible.
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¹ UK Study