The seven biggest outdoor living trends we’ll see in 2022

Birdwatching in the yard

Bird watching is booming. According to garden media group, bird feeder and food sales reached $2.2 billion in 2021, and Audubon’s Bird Guide app grew 81% from 2019 to 2020. In a few weeks, birds will be back in our corner of the country. To optimize bird activity in your garden, plant native flowers and shrubs that birds like, such as asters, sunflowers, coreopsis and cardinal flowers. Set up a nice feeder for the birds to perch on, preferably near a shrubby area and stocked with plenty of food, set up a birdbath, grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy the show.

Playgrounds for adults

In 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen remote employees take their Zoom conference calls outdoors and get creative with outdoor home office spaces (TL; DR: a WiFi range extender is key).

Work hard, play harder: backyard games and activities for adults are hotter than ever. And we’re not talking about garden games that you pack up and put away in your garage or shed at the end of the day. Think of permanent installations like a garden ax throwing target. Or, if throwing sharp tools for fun isn’t your cup of tea, consider a putting green, custom horseshoe pit, or hook-and-ring setup.


Dahlias are becoming more popular every day for both beginners and seasoned gardeners, and we can’t fault them. The stunning, plate-sized flowers of the perennials reach up to ten inches across and come in all the colors of the rainbow.

Mark Corder, secretary of the Great Kansas City Dahlia Company, says that the number of members of the dahlia lovers’ club is increasing exponentially: “When I arrived six or eight years ago, there were probably fifteen or twenty people active,” he says. “Recently, I had to count the number of people who were still on the lists, and it’s a hundred. But probably twenty-five to thirty of those who joined in the last few years.

The company’s acting officer, Ron Stauffer, says he thinks dahlias are becoming more popular in home gardens because the work is worth it, as the Instagrammable flowers bloom continuously from late summer. to fall. “When I have dahlias in the yard, I can go out there and I can cut three, four, five bunches,” Stauffer says. “And you can’t see that I’ve ever been there because they’re so prolific. The more you cut, the more you get.

Curved pools and gardens

Curved furniture, like sculptural sofas and asymmetrical rounded tables, will be huge in 2022, and it will be no different in outdoor living. According to Pinterest, search volume for “round pool deck ideas” had increased one hundred and seventy percent by the end of 2021. If you’re not looking to build a home pool anytime soon, try the trend with spherical or curved garden beds, round daybeds, half-moon benches, circular water features and fire pits.

Outdoor showers

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is arguably the biggest garden show in the world, and one trend that rubbed off on garden bloggers last year was landscaping with a coastal theme, with a huge emphasis on outdoor showers. Outdoor showers aren’t just great for washing off pool chemicals; they also add a spa or resort-like experience to a home and can increase the value of the home.

If installing a year-round outdoor shower in this pocket of the Midwest isn’t realistic for you but you still want that indoor-outdoor spa bathroom feel, try an indoor shower with a floor-to-ceiling. .
frosted glass window or install a balcony next to the bathroom.

Electric Lawn Equipment Only

Last fall, the Governor of California passed a law banning the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, which includes lawn equipment like leaf blowers and lawn mowers. The new law will be enforced in 2024, but if it’s like any other movement born in California, it will eventually move east. Eliminating gas-powered equipment will also significantly reduce noise pollution.

cultivation licenses

Sabine Green, director of Farrand Farms, says she saw an influx of licensed cannabis growers entering the greenhouse in search of supplies to grow green.

“We sell a lot of land for growing cannabis,” says Green. “We offer Nectar for the Gods, and this one has been very popular.” And when it comes to grow lights, Green jokes that growers are “probably going to Amazon for something a little cheaper.”

Get more information about cultivation licenses here.