This 'humble' plant may be the most exciting trend of the year

Garden expert Mark Lane predicts a fruity future – and it begins with this (soon to be) fashionable flower

Fragaria × ananassa
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BBC Gardeners' World presenter Mark Lane not only observes trends – he creates them. Therefore, when he shared his predictions for the most fashionable plants of 2022, we were quick to note. 

However, while garden trends typically include statement blooms and colorful garden furniture ideas, Mark has drawn attention to a slightly more 'humble' trend: the strawberry plant. This is the strawberry plant – but not as you know it. 

'Even the humble strawberry has a shot at being one of the most exciting plants for 2022,' Stannah's (opens in new tab) garden export says. 'Pink Fragaria ananassa Berried Treasure has been bred specifically for growing in pots with restrained runners and semi-double pink flowers.'

Fragaria × ananassa

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If you're looking for container gardening ideas in an urban apartment or small garden, the potted Pink Fragaria ananassa is the perfect solution. You can enjoy blushing blooms and (in some cases) edible fruits that will elevate your balcony, garden, and dining table. Here's what else you need to know to get ahead of the trend. 

What is the Pink Fragaria ananassa plant?

Fragaria × ananassa

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According to the RHS (opens in new tab), this perennial can grow up to 50cm tall and will grow pink flowers in late spring. As the season progresses, you may also spot edible red fruits, but these are not guaranteed. 

The experts suggest growing your Pink Fragaria ananassa plant in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil and placing it in direct sunlight. However, as Mark Lane points out, you can also grow the plant in a container. 

If you decide to place it in the ground, the RHS suggests planting in single or double rows and leaving 11-18in (30-45cm) between plants. You should also leave approximately 30in 75cm between rows.

Why should you grow a Pink Fragaria ananassa plant?

Fragaria × ananassa

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You may know how to grow strawberries (or at least try to grow strawberries) on your Pink Fragaria ananassa plant, but why should you get involved? Alongside its vibrant blooms and easy growing conditions, experts suggest that this plant is beneficial for the bees too. 

'Bees love these plants for their rich pollen. They find and pollinate the flowers on strawberry plants quite effectively,' says wildlife expert Paul Dinham from Bee Life (opens in new tab). He adds that investing in a strawberry plant, such as the Pink Fragaria ananassa, will help contribute to saving the bee population and improve your plant's health in the process. 

Fragaria × ananassa

Fragaria × ananassa flower

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This bee-friendly plant looks good – and does good. We need no more convincing to get involved.

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Gardeningetc, Livingetc, and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.