Whether it’s signing back up to the gym, searching for a new job or eating healthier, every New Year brings with it a fresh wave of enthusiasm to get stuff done. The garden is no exception, and the New Year is a great time to give borders, beds and baskets a little refresh – whether it’s a full-scale redesign or a few little additions here and there.
Here we share our top gardening trends for 2018!
Despite the unpredictable British weather in the Summer, the nation as a whole will be embracing the Mediterranean lifestyle, with sales of garden furniture
, BBQs and accessories expected to grow by 3-4% annually up to 2021.
Outdoor entertaining and kitchen areas will be a key trend for Spring and Summer 2018, which is a perfect trend for those who lack space in kitchens or dining rooms as family and guests can be entertained outside. Why not create a dedicated area with comfy furniture and mood lighting, complete with a sunken fire pit, BBQ or pizza oven? It will create the perfect atmosphere for those Summer evening parties!
There’s an inspiring new way of looking at your garden which is good news for the least green fingered people. Wabi-sabi is an acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay and death – something the Japanese have been practicing since the 15th
Century. It’s thought the practice could soon be used by the West, and it’s something that couldn’t be further away from the never-ending quest for perfection.
The key to Wabi-sabi is to balance nature and nurture, so just sit back and relax and watch the beauty of your garden’s natural imperfections take over – think overgrown perennials, moss-covered stones, rusty iron gates and weathered pots.
Grow your own
Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements
, with the number of Brits choosing a plant-based diet rising by more than 360% over the past decade. The rise in vegans, coupled with rising food prices and a growing appreciation of organic produce, means 2018 will be the year the grow-your-own movement will really see a resurgence.
A greenhouse can help you to grow beautifully fresh fruit and veg all year round. If space isn’t on your side however, runner beans, broad beans, squashes and pumpkins are a great option as they make use of vertical space.
Be in the moment
Mindfulness has become a way of life over the past few years, and it’s set to have a strong influence throughout 2018 in our gardens. Incorporate elements which stimulate the senses – like calming blues and energising yellows, pots of strongly-scented lavender and a water feature to create a relaxing atmosphere.