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Plant Life Balance presents: 2020 Plant Predictions

Made a house plant your new friend in the last year? You’re not alone.

An amazing 18 million Australians have done just that – filling our homes and gardens with leafy friends is a craze growing faster than devil’s ivy, and is one that’s definitely here to stay!

It’s clear Australia’s relationship with the humble plant is changing, and over the last few months Plant Life Balance has been on a mission to find out:

  1. Why people buy plants, and from where
  2. The most popular species
  3. Where we get our plant-spiration
  4. What we find the biggest challenges to be.

Our research revealed six up-and-coming trends about our favourite leafy friends that we’re expecting to see in the new year and beyond – from colours, textures and species, to who you’ll be getting your plant goss from.

So, without further ado…we present Australia’s first-ever plant trend report complete with our 2020 plant predictions!

TREND 1 – Low maintenance statements

Prediction: Easy care indoor trees and clusters

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For half a century, scientists have been carrying out experiments to show the world that plants are good for our health and happiness. That's a lot of experiments! We worked with scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne to take this world of research and make it easy to understand. We analysed scientific articles and research studies and boiled the story down to two big benefits: Air Quality & Wellbeing ? By bringing the outdoors in with just one plant you can improve your air quality by 25% and a few more can do a whole lot more! As for direct mental health benefits, plants are proven to creating feelings of relaxation, inspiration and positivity. The first few plants give a limited benefit, but once you start to create a look, wellbeing increases quickly. Variety of sizes and species is key! If that’s not inspiration to junglfy your home, then we’re sure this beautiful studio space by @gabriellesilverlight is sure to! To check out ‘The Simple Science’ report head to Plant Life Balance.

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TREND 2 – Nostalgia for nature

Prediction: Interiors that embrace the natural world from colour to wallpapers to homewares

TREND 3 – A home among the gumtrees

Prediction: The resurgence of the 70’s ‘burb backyard and balcony

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Take a peek over the fence at some new look Aussie backyards where native plants are setting the style. Online now at our e-mag, link in bio…. #nativeplantproject #inspire #learn #grow . . ? @fig_landscapes

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TREND 4 – Truth and trust

Prediction: 2020 will see a shift in how Australian plant-lovers seek advice

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Trend 5 – Horticulture for health

Prediction: 2020 will see a rise in the use of gardening as a tool for mindfulness

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What a different a year makes ☺️????‍? – This is my 2019 extension so far. The lifeless plot is no longer lifeless…although I did end up keeping SOME grass lawn in the end ?? – When my partner and I moved out of London I knew that I wanted to step up my growing but I have to admit that even I didn’t think it would get this out of hand ?? But I’m SO excited to continue to learn and built and grow. – I’ve built the greenhouse and the pond…the veg beds and the bird boxes. I’ve not finished. But I’d be gutted if I was! There is no real end goal. The goal is to learn and to build and to discover…and eat! – I’ve gardened in the sun and the rain and hopefully shown you just how fun plants and mud can be too! ?? – I’ve grown more varieties of food than ever…and I’m even growing flowers! ? Even the non edible kind! (I have space now I guess) ???? – I have birds, ladybirds…more ants than I’m comfortably reassured by, bees, toads and even the occasional hedgehog. Once again, as mama always says, build it and they will come Lyd. – Thank you all for the really lovely messages about my story updates and how the plot is looking! For any new followers, here are some old photos from earlier in the year to show you just how bare and muddy this old space was ??☀️???‍?? – (Ps if anyone is a non gardener and would love to grow plants/food but doesn’t know how or what or where to start…then I’d just like to say…start small. Start with one plant or a couple. The likehood is…if you’re anything like me they’ll die. Anything worth doing takes a little practice. I’ve been growing for a long time and this is the first year I have really been able to go wild and explore some of the ideas and plans I’ve wanted to do for years. Just start small, plant what interests you…and don’t aim to ‘finish’…plants don’t have a finish line after all…they’re a cycle ?? Happy planting ?????????‍?????

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TREND 6 – Experience is everything

The prediction: The hybrid store. Would you like plants with that?

Over the coming months, we’ll be exploring each trend in detail with expert insight and plenty of plant-spiration. Keep an eye on the Journal and the Plant Life Balance socials for each instal. In the meantime, jump into the report yourself.

Any trends catch your eye that you’d like to try out at home? Head to your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery and have a chat with the experts.

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