Gardening statistics

Here are some basic gardening statistics to give you a general idea of the lawn and garden industry. These statistics provide a comprehensive view of current trends and issues in gardening.

Popular plants

Here are some of the most popular plants in each category based on the estimated number of online searches. Data was pulled on February 1, 2024.


Here are the most popular houseplants, according to Home for the Harvest search data (2024):

  1. Snake Plant
  2. Orchid
  3. Spider Plant
  4. Philodendron
  5. Succulents
  6. Begonia
  7. Aloe Vera
  8. ZZ Plant
  9. Christmas Cactus
  10. Peace Lily
  11. Pothos
  12. Fiddle Leaf Fig
  13. Prayer Plant
  14. Dracaena
  15. African Violet
  16. Peperomia
  17. Air Plant
  18. Calathea
  19. String of Pearls
  20. English Ivy

Annual flowers

Here are the most popular annual flowers according to Home for the Harvest search data (2024). This list includes some flowers that are technically perennials or biennials but are typically grown as annuals in home garden settings.

  1. Sunflower
  2. Poppy
  3. Salvia
  4. Dahlia
  5. Marigold
  6. Cosmos
  7. Snapdragon
  8. Morning Glory
  9. Begonia
  10. Zinnia
  11. Fuchsia
  12. Petunia
  13. Lantana
  14. Geranium
  15. Calendula
  16. Coleus
  17. Nasturtium
  18. Pansy
  19. Dianthus
  20. Impatiens

Perennial plants

Here are the most popular garden perennials, according to Home for the Harvest search data (2024):

  1. Lavender
  2. Iris
  3. Peony
  4. Hosta
  5. Viola
  6. Yarrow
  7. Bee Balm
  8. Foxglove
  9. Delphinium
  10. Lupine
  11. Sedum
  12. Phlox
  13. Astilbe
  14. Coreopsis
  15. Hellebore
  16. Coneflower
  17. Catmint
  18. Coral Bells
  19. Daylily
  20. Shasta Daisy

Fruit plants

Here are the most popular fruit plants to grow:

  1. Olive Tree
  2. Fig Tree
  3. Lemon Tree
  4. Cherry Tree
  5. Apple Tree
  6. Peach Tree
  7. Avocado Tree
  8. Pineapple Plant
  9. Mango Tree
  10. Dragon Fruit Plant
  11. Persimmon Tree
  12. Plum Tree
  13. Date Palm
  14. Strawberry Plant
  15. Pear Tree
  16. Blueberry Bush
  17. Pomegranate Tree
  18. Banana Plant
  19. Orange Tree
  20. Grape Vine

Market size

The US plant and flower growing market reached USD $18.5 billion in 2022, up from the 2021 total of 17.2 billion (source: Statista).

US nursery and garden stores were estimated to reach a total revenue of $48.7 billion in 2023. Revenue has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.8% over the past five years (2018-2022). There were 18,069 nursery and garden businesses in the US in 2023, growing at a rate of 1.0% from 2018 to 2023 (source: IBIS World).

The global market for lawn and gardening consumables was valued at USD $19.50 billion in 2019. The consumables market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% until 2027, meaning it is expected to reach $25.9 billion by 2027. Fertilizers and seeds accounted for over 60% of the overall revenue in 2019. The residential segment led the market, with over 45% share in 2019. North America emerged as the largest regional market in 2019 (source: Grand View Research).

The global market for lawn and garden equipment (mowers, trimmers, edgers, snow throwers) was valued at USD $18.5 billion in 2020. The equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% from 2022 to 2030, meaning it is expected to reach $49 billion by 2030. Lawn trimmers and edgers are the most popular pieces of equipment, accounting for around 50% of the market. North America had the largest market share in 2021 (source: Market Research Future).

The global market for gardening tools (handheld tools and small electrical tools) was valued at USD $8.7 billion in 2022. The tools market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% until 2032, meaning it is expected to reach $13.4 billion by 2032. Shears and pruning tools are the most popular tools. The U.S., China, Germany, Japan, and India are leading in sales (source: Persistence Market Research).

The global market for potting soil and mixes was valued at USD $2.3 billion in 2022. The potting soil market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8, reaching a total market size of USD $3.0 billion by 2028. Key materials include bark, sphagnum moss, perlite, vermiculite, and compost). Growth is driven by the demand for enhancing interior aesthetics and greenery in residential areas and the introduction of sustainable, eco-friendly products (source: IMARC Group).


An estimated 80% of American households engaged in gardening in 2022. The average spend on gardening was $616 annually per household (source: National Gardening Association).

A 2023 US study showed that 15% of respondents aged 18 to 29 years stated that they are interested in gardening and plants. The next oldest cohort, aged 30 to 49, had a 23% share of people interested in gardening. The oldest cohort, aged 50 to 64, had a 33% share of respondents interested in growing plants (source: Statista).

The percentage of households engaged in gardening is influenced by various factors. Economic conditions, particularly disposable income, play a crucial role. Households with more disposable income are likelier to invest in gardening as a hobby. Urbanization also affects gardening participation. Limited space can challenge outdoor gardening activities in densely populated areas. However, urban gardening innovations, like vertical gardens, are growing in popularity. Demographic factors, such as age and lifestyle, also influence gardening interests. Younger generations might prefer low-maintenance or indoor plants.

Environmental consciousness significantly impacts gardening trends. Increased awareness about sustainability and organic practices can motivate people to garden. Technological advancements and easy access to online resources also encourage gardening. People can easily find information and join gardening communities online. Additionally, cultural trends driven by social media, content creators, and home improvement shows help shape gardening preferences and participation.

“The price of tap water in the United States varied greatly from city to city in 2021. One of the most expensive cities for tap water in the U.S. is San Francisco, where one cubic meter costs an average of 6.07 U.S. dollars per cubic meter. In comparison, citizens in the Arizona state capital of Phoenix paid, on average, 0.96 U.S. dollars per cubic meter. This is roughly 63 percent lower than the U.S. average.”