Why gardening has become the latest trend for millennials

lady holding flowers

In the UK, there are around 27 million people who partake in gardening. It’s common to think that only older generations enjoy gardening, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Parker’s orders from 18-24 year olds increased by 213% in February 2021 from February 2020. So, what has made young people getting into gardening? We’ve done some research to uncover the reasons behind the spike in gardening millennials.

Mental Health Benefits

woman watering flowers

With the pandemic causing a rise in unemployment and uncertain futures, mental health care has never been so important. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 70% of 18-34 year olds experience mental health issues in comparison to 58% of those aged 55 years or above. A recent study by AXA Insurance has found that 50% of people who undertake gardening say they have seen an improvement in their happiness, while 44 per cent admitted to feeling lower levels of stress and anxiety after becoming green-fingered.

The Millennial Move

millennial woman holding box of flowers for gardening

Covid has changed the way we view cities. A prediction in the U.K. economic outlook report states that London’s population is expected to decline for the first time in the 21st century. During the pandemic, many millennials have switched the city lifestyle for the suburbs.

Difficulties of city living are more obvious than ever in lockdown: trapped in properties that are, on average, smaller than elsewhere; and having less access to a garden (21 per cent of Londoners do not have a garden). Along with the suburban living trend, the growing interest in natural products and sustainability has never been more prevalent.

The Houseplant Frenzy

millennials caring for houseplants

In recent years, houseplants have enjoyed a massive boom in popularity, especially with Millennials and Gen Z. Sales of houseplants at garden centres across the UK were up 81% in July (2020). Compared with the same month in 2019, according a report published by the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

The millennial love of houseplants also has a lot to do with the self-care and wellness movements. As well, many young people lack access to an outdoor space (due to living in urban spaces, such as flats), so bringing plants inside make those benefits much more accessible. With less space and less time to garden in a home landscape setting, millennials have taken to indoor gardening, which has lead to further similar interests in container growing and small-space vegetable production.

Overall, millennials enjoy gardening for much the same reason as older adults. They enjoy the contentment, peace and satisfaction that comes from tending plants. That much hasn’t changed across generations.

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What to Grow in a North Facing Garden

North facing cottage garden

Planting in north facing garden can be a real struggle. Since these gardens usually in shade for most of the day, it’s important to learn about which plants will be able to thrive in a north facing garden.

Keep reading to discover our selection of plants that will prosper in any environment with little sunshine.

Is my garden north facing?

To find out if you have a north facing garden, you need to find out the aspect of your garden – the direction that it faces. You can find this out one of two ways:

  • Go to your front door and open the compass app on your phone. With your phone facing forward, read the direction that the compass is measuring. If the reading is between 270° and 90°, your house is northfacing.
  • Simply by standing in the garden and looking where the sun is.

1. Hostas


Hostas are versatile and well-loved foliage plants. This family of plants thrive in shade, so they are perfect for gardens that don’t receive much sunlight. Ideal plants for pots or borders.

Our top picks:

Hosta So Sweet
Hosta Collection

2. Snowdrops

Woodland plants are perfect for north facing gardens. Since woodland native plants are adapted to surviving in dark, damp areas, plants such as beautiful Snowdrops are a perfect shade-loving plant for spring.

Our top picks:

Double flowering Snowdrops
Russian Snowdrops

3. Ivy

The fast growing and reliable nature of Ivy, make them the perfect climbing plants for any north facing walls or fences. Available in a range of green, red and yellow tones, they are the perfect leafy climbers to brighten up dark spaces.

Our top picks:

Boston ivy
Boston Ivy
Virginia Creeper ivy
Virginia Creeper

4. Euonymus

One of the best things about these ultra-reliable shrubs is that they’re so easy to grow. Perfect for creating hedging or for growing in pots for a modern look. Euonymus tolerate most soils and almost any amount of sun.

Our top picks:

Euonymus Goldy
Euonymus Alatus

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