Top Trends for Your Flower Beds - Tomlinson Bomberger

Top 2023 Trends for Your Flower Beds

Category: Landscape

Flower Power: 9 Top 2023 Trends for Your Flower Beds

Are you ready to elevate your garden game in 2023? Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a newbie looking to dip your toes into the gardening world, some exciting trends are on the horizon.

In this blog post, we’ll explore nine top 2023 trends for your flower beds. Discover the beauty of the cottage and Mediterranean gardens, experiment with foliage plants, and learn how to grow vertically. Every season there are new gardening trends to embrace. Native plants, pollinator gardens, and climate awareness are part of the nine top 2023 trends for your flower beds.

Sow Your Bouquets

Do you wish you could grow your own cut flowers? You can!

If you live in Central PA, you’re fortunate to plant the best flowers for bouquets and floral arrangements, such as brown-eye Susans, dahlias, zinnias, coneflowers, sunflowers, and snapdragons. You can even grow baby’s breath to add delicacy to your bouquets.

Brown-eye Susans flower cluster.

Cottage Gardening

Cottage gardening with a stone sidewalk.

You can go one step further by creating a cottage garden. It’s a bit wild, but you can add more cut flowers. Consider planting foxgloves, lupines, climbing roses, alliums, dianthus, and yarrow.

Mediterranean Gardening

Mediterranean gardening is a type of drought-tolerant garden. You can plant herbs, such as oregano, rosemary, lavender, and sage, that can handle hot, dry summers.

Plus, you can add exotic plants to have a unique Mediterranean garden. The following plants grow in zones 6-7:

  • Agave
  • Artemisia
  • Blue fescue
  • Cat mint
  • Globe thistle
  • Jerusalem sage
  • Lamb’s ear
  • Mediterranean spurge.
Herb garden in rows.

The following plants won’t survive our Pennsylvania winters but will do well in containers you can bring indoors in winter. Plant them in terra cotta pots to add more of a Mediterranean flavor:

  • Common jasmine
  • Geraniums
  • Lily of the Nile
  • Windmill palm

More Texture with Foliage

Various types of hosta in a flowerbed.

Texture offers a place to touch, whether walking on moss or other ground covers that can handle foot traffic. Texture also uses light to its advantage with shinier leaves and adds visual interest.

Foliage isn’t static in plain green. Instead, foliage comes with variegated leaves, multiple colors, or plants that change color throughout the season. Here are foliage examples to consider for your garden:

  • Boxwood
  • Caladium
  • Coleus
  • Coral bells
  • Dusty miller
  • Elephant ear
  • Ferns
  • Hosta
  • Lamb’s ear
  • Lilyturf
  • Ornamental grasses

Grow Up

Growing up, also known as vertical gardening, has been popular with urban gardeners for years. But it’s not just for urban backyards. Indeed, homeowners with larger backyards can also grow up by installing plants on garden structures:

  • Install arbors, trellises, and pergolas for vines
  • Use hanging baskets, planter boxes, and containers
  • Build fence shelving and other mounted containers
  • Use walls to train plants to grow upward
  • Install a living wall.
Wood trellis with a climbing plant and a purple flower.

Incorporate Natural Materials

If you plan to add walkways to connect your outdoor rooms, flower beds, and other hardscapes, consider using natural materials such as flagstone, small stones, or stepping stones.

Natural materials help us slow down and take in the surroundings. For example, stepping stones force people to look down to watch where they’re walking, allowing them to enjoy your landscaped areas.

Gardening for Wildlife

The plight of the monarch butterfly and the declining number of honeybees should make us pause and consider designing at least one part of our gardens for wildlife.

Native plants, such as brown-eyed Susans, coneflowers, butterfly weeds, and the like, draw in pollinators.

Rain gardens and dry creek beds add visual interest and attract wildlife to your backyard. Suppose you plant hummingbird favorites, such as cardinal flower, Joe Pye weed, lantana, and other pollinator favorites. In that case, you skip the hummingbird nectar you buy that ferments on hot summer days.

Low-Maintenance Gardening

artificial grass lawn

Since two-career families include running your children to sports, music lessons, and other after-school activities, you don’t have time to spend in the garden pruning, weeding, or other chores.

Instead, invest in low-maintenance gardening where the plants don’t need much love to stay alive. Again, native plants, bulbs, shrubs, and trees can save you time but still provide color to your outdoor spaces.

Climate Awareness Gardening

Over the past decade, Central Pennsylvania summers have been getting hotter and drier. And while we can’t save the planet alone, we can make a difference, one landscape at a time.
Here are these tips for improving your corner of the world:

  • Test your soil before you plant
  • Amend the soil so that it can house healthy plants
  • Compost all organic waste, including leaves, chopped grass clippings, and produce peelings
  • Use mulch in your landscapes to protect plant roots, hold in water, and suppress weeds
  • Focus on drought-tolerant plants
  • Use moisture sensors in your in-ground sprinkler systems
  • Only water deeply … a daily spritz won’t help your plants develop deep root systems and the ability to withstand drought
Hands on pot adding compost to dirt.

Let Tomlinson Bomberger Transform Your Flower Beds This Year

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to embrace the top 2023 trends for your flower beds. At Tomlinson Bomberger, we install trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials to improve curb appeal and meet your landscaping needs.

If you want to add a new landscape bed or install the plants you read about, contact us today at 717-963-2247 or fill out our contact form.

Tomlinson Bomberger offers various services, including lawn care, landscape, pest control, and tree care to homeowners in several Pennsylvania counties, including Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.

Sources:, Best Outdoor Foliage Plants to Grow.

Ibid, Global Warming, and Gardens.

Ibid, 20+ Mediterranean Plants for Your Garden.

Ibid, 2023 Trends in Garden Design.

Garden Trends Report 2023, I Believe in Me. 2023.