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To Boldly Grow: Hortifuturism Brings Sci-Fi to the Garden

The term “hortifuturism” was coined by Garden Media Group, a marketing and public relations firm for the gardening industry (I know … we had no idea either), in its 2024 trends report. It refers to blending sustainability and innovation with unique and bold plants to create a garden that would look right at home as a backdrop in any science-fiction movie. So, grab your monochromatic onesie jumpsuit with the insignia over the right breast and set your phasers to fabulous, here’s a look at five aspects of hortifuturism.

Go Space Age

Bottle your collected intergalactic specimens for further review and examination in an enclosed area. Closed terrariums provide miniature ecosystems that require little to no maintenance and create a humid environment where some pretty cool plants can thrive. Growing dome greenhouses popular with survival gardens look like outposts on a desolate planet.

Loving the Alien

Taken as a whole, a garden evokes a sense of calm and relaxing beauty; but, let’s face it, when you break it down and look at its individual components, some of those plants look downright otherworldly. Those are the ones we want. Channel your inner alien with things like staghorn fern, margarita white spoon, moonstone, Angelina sedum and polka-dot begonia.

Turn on the Night

Bring a little deep-space ambience to your garden in the midnight hours with neon flowers — flamingo celosia, cleome, clematis and bee balm — and night-blooming plants that reflect the moonlight — moonflower, evening primrose, night phlox and angel’s trumpet — to add a bit electrifying pops to your surroundings.

Go, Go Gadget Garden

Bring a little bit of high-tech HAL 9000 vibes to the garden with a voice-activated management system. These futuristic innovations can take control of everything from watering schedules and lighting adjustments to plant care routines and temperature control. The one thing they probably can’t do is open the pod bay doors, Dave.

Sleek as a Starship

Even the most casual sci-fi fan knows there’s a definite aesthetic to the genre. Garden Media Group suggested transplanting (yes, pun intended) that look into your garden creation. Think sharp angles, cold and metallic tones, those familiar garden orbs that you probably already have eight of in the garage, starbursts or solar lights, and biophilic design.