Every year has its own gardening trends, as new activities take hold to help make a particular year just that little bit different to the previous one. In 2020, we’re obviously dealing with a new decade, not just a new year, so looking ahead is even more exciting.
So far in 2020, these are the latest trends that we’ve heard being talked about…
One pattern that has been identified is that houseplants are no longer just for shelves and window sills. Supersized houseplants are increasingly dominating central locations within rooms, and we expect to see that continuing. Flora such as Alocasia have especially large leaves, and others like Monstera boast patterned foliage, and both are appearing more and more. We don’t expect plants below 9cm tall to disappear though, as they’re always so popular!
Climate change is at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the moment, so it’s no surprise that sustainability is being considered with regards to soil. Growing medium such as wood fibre and green-waste compost are environmentally friendly choices. ‘No dig’ philosophies are having more attention paid to them too, as they limit damage to the soil structure. The Royal Horticultural Society has even reported that a soil bacteria called mycobacterium vaccae is beneficial for our immune systems, which may tempt some into bringing back mud pies!
Sustainability concerns are leading people to choose plants that may not look so pristine all the time, but that instead leave their seedheads intact for insects. Ponds, bee hotels, natural log piles and compost heaps are increasingly popular due to the increased awareness of struggling wildlife, while things like garden pesticides are being used less and less regularly.
Trends tend to come and go, and old flower favourites from the 80s like nemesia and diascias are set to return this year! These plants are wonderfully suited to be a bedding, basket or container-based bloom. As well as coming in newly available colours, these flowers are highly scented with a sweet aroma, so they’re absolutely perfect for attracting bees and butterflies. This quality ties in brilliantly with the sustainability trend, so these plants are set for a very strong showing.
Sustainability is influencing a lot of trends at the moment, with more people now turning towards home-growing foods in their gardens. Food sourcing like this is not only very convenient, but it’s a vital part of the battle to cut down on plastic usage, and counters food miles. Popular spices and plants to grow in gardens include chilli, beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and legumes. It’s very exciting to hear of homeowners taking dinner guests out to their gardens and actually letting them pick the ingredients they’ll eat in the upcoming meal!
People living in urban areas don’t always have too much space to spare, and this means that they have to be more creative with their garden design. Specifically, this is meaning that the garden is becoming less of an outdoor space, but is instead being integrated into the more everyday living area. One of the best examples of this is the so-called “vertical garden”, where plants are mounted on walls (sometimes using wall vases), wall planters are combined with fences, living walls are built up, and pot rings are being used to elevate planters.
The garden can be a place of peace and relaxation, and some doctors are now even prescribing outdoor time to help patients with various physical and mental health issues. Stress-reduction is something that’s being picked up on more and more, so low maintenance shrubs like the rhododendron are coming into fashion. Some gardeners are now removing all plants that have no environmental benefit because not only does that allow them to maximise the sustainable features within their garden, but it also reduces the amount of work without good cause. Double-duty plants that can serve as foodstuffs, cool a hot garden, repel mosquitos, or attract beneficial insects are all gaining momentum as a result. Garden ornaments with running water are “in” too, as they can also provide birds with drinking water.
If you’ve got any questions about which of our products are best-suited to helping you tailor your garden to these latest trends, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for some more advice or tips.