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2021 Garden Trends

Published on: May 26th, 2021

by Niki Jabbour

The past year has seen a garden boom as many homeowners finally had time to tackle gardening and backyard projects. This increase in interest has also sparked new garden trends as we create outdoor living spaces in our yards and on our balconies. Here are the biggest garden trends for 2021:

Tropical inspired container gardens


Elephant ears – huge foliage that adds a tropical flair to a deck or patio.

We haven’t been able to travel south so we’re bringing the tropics to Canada! According to the National Gardening Association, growing tropical plants like canna lilies, elephant ears and banana plants is one of the hottest trends of 2021. Many tropical plants boast flowers and foliage in bold and bright colours and can be used as accent or specimen plants in containers as well as garden beds.

You can even bring some of your indoor plants outside for the summer to create a tropical vignette on your deck or patio (just be sure to introduce indoor plants to outdoor growing conditions over several days to avoid shocking them).

Swallowtail butterfly on scented lilacs.

Pollinator pots

Planting flowering plants for bees and butterflies has been popular for the past several years, but condo and apartment dwellers can also support the bees by creating a pollinator pot on a sunny deck or patio. A pollinator pot should contain a mixture of flowering plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs, herbs, or vegetables. Diversity is key to attracting the widest range of species.

Also consider adding a mason bee home or bundles of hollow stems to the container to serve as bee nests. These can be DIY’d or found at local garden centres.

Flowers for fragrance

Heliotrope is a very fragrant annual flower that is perfect for pots.

Scented plants add another layer of enjoyment to a garden, deck, or balcony. I grow a mixture of fragrant trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals in my garden, often selecting new plants for their perfumes. My favourited scented plants include lilac, lily of the valley, hyacinths, peonies, summersweet, sweet peas, and lilies. If you don’t have space for a garden but want to enjoy fragrant plants, fill a container with some of the most fragrant annual flowers: heliotrope, evening scented stock, sweet alyssum, and petunias.

Hot new plants for 2021

There are so many beautiful new plant introductions this year that it was hard to narrow this list down! All the plants below are easy to grow, low maintenance plants that are perfect for Nova Scotia gardens.

New perennials for 2021

  • Catmint ‘Cat’s Pyjama’s’ is the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year
  • Hosta ‘Rainbow’s End’ is the 2021 Hosta of the Year
  • Catmint ‘Kitten Around’ is another new long-blooming catmint for 2021. The flowers are very bee-friendly.
  • Milkweed ‘Hello Yellow’ is a beautiful plant for the monarch butterflies.
  • Coneflower ‘Orange You Awesome’ has glowing tangerine-orange flowers with dark centre cones.
  • Coneflower ‘Canary Feathers’ is a yellow blooming coneflower.

New annuals for 2021

  • Nemesia ‘Lemon’ is a full sun annual with sunny yellow flowers that a re lightly fragrant.
  • Supertunia ‘Black Cherry’ has eye-catching pink flowers with deep reddish purple eyes.
  • Bidens ‘Goldilocks Rocks’ is a long-blooming container plant with yellow daisy-like flowers.
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