Wyevale Garden Centre have just released their annual report of gardening trends worth knowing about in 2019 – great for garden-lovers looking for ways to refresh their shrubs, bushes and plants.
Whether you’re planning to create a lovely low-key look on your balcony space or want to perfect your potted selection of indoor plants, there are plenty of ways to create a garden to be proud of.
From a shift towards greener, more sustainable gardens, to planting vegetables in the front garden, these are the trends for every green-fingered garden enthusiast to try now.
Front of show
Over 45% of gardeners now use plants or trees to dress their front doors and enhance their curb appeal.
One of this year’s gardening trends sees people shifting their efforts towards front gardens and doors, instead of the back garden.
Space-saving hanging baskets are also being transformed into miniature fruit and vegetable patches, brilliant for those who might not have a large garden space.
Sentiment runs through the soil for Brits. From championing native species to the resurgence of traditional favourites, this year has a particular focus on UK-grown plants and flowers.
“Plants have the ability to connect us with our past and transcend the generations,” explains Julian Palphramand, plant buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres. “Whether it’s recreating plant displays from our childhood or nurturing the plants we have inherited from the gardens of friends and family.”
Today’s planting schemes are focused on innovative displays of colour, fragrance, light and texture to create a wholly immersive space.
The research shows that 21% of Brits now use social media as their main source of inspiration for gardening, while over a quarter of gardeners now follow a colour scheme when planning their garden.
Health and healing
From air purifying plants to plant protein, the burgeoning trend in wellness has spurred a new desire to garden for both physical and mental health benefits.
There’s also been a huge increase in garden therapy, with more than 70% saying gardening makes them feel calm and relaxed.
Google searches for air-purifying plants also grew by 63% in 2018 compared to the previous year. From peace lilies, to spider plants, ferns and aloe vera, people are interested in plants that will also clean air toxins.
Indoors and out
Boundaries between the indoors and out have blurred, with living spaces flowing outdoors and gardens now reflecting interior spaces with areas to dine, entertain, relax and be active.
House plants sales are up 31% year-on-year, with a huge growth in large foliage ranges as people pep up their homes with plenty of green plants.
Giving back in the garden
From environmentally conscious shoppers, to wildlife and the weather, today’s gardeners are much more aware of the changes that can be made towards a more sustainable future.
Research shows that nearly 70% of British gardeners buy food for wildlife or provide a home for garden birds.