As most of you know I live in a block of flats, I don’t have my own garden & it overlooks a patio courtyard with a bike shed but if I did have a garden (and I will one day) I would be dotting plants around and making it my own. I came across something called ‘Garden Trends’ recently and I was intrigued as to what this was.. If you are working on your garden or are the ‘chief gardener’ of the household, you probably like to stay on top of the latest trends. Gardening trends surely not? Yes, everything has a trend. So whether you like to stay trendy or you just love a bit of pinterest DIY check out the top 5 gardening trends of the year:
1. Green Gardening – First on the list is ‘going green’ now more than ever, gardeners and home owners are wanting to create a beautiful garden space without doing anything that will take its toll on the environment. Fortunately there are many ways in which you can do this, one of the biggest ways is by using plants that are native to their area. Apparently native plants need less watering and effort as they should naturally thrive in your garden without any help. Obviously not using any chemicals on our plants means that we are doing the world a favour. Use lower maintenance plants such as roses, hydrangeas or succulents as they need less TLC.
2. Localism – Local plants are a massive hit these days, we all love a local garden centre right? I know I do and as well as the ‘going green’ trend, it’s also nice to support local businesses.
3. Edible Gardening – I have always loved the idea of having an allotment or my own little cabbage patch in the back garden, how amazing would that be. Buying locally or even growing vegetables yourself would be even better, right? There’s just something about homemade. My nan & grandad grow their own vegetables and its always nice to hear that our dinner is ‘fresh from the garden’. Not only that, it’s good to know what is being put on your plants/vegetables etc, you’ll be surprised by how many chemicals are sprayed onto shop bought produce. It saves you money in the long run & gives you that little bit of pride.
4. The Naturalist Garden – This is pretty self explanatory really, a garden that has been left to do its own thing. Maybe not so much to the point where it’s all over grown but sometimes it’s nice to walk into a garden where there are leaves everywhere & mushrooms growing in the grass, imperfectly perfect as they say & totally natural.
5. Limited Space Gardens – As I said right at the start of this post, I don’t have a garden and I wish I did but there is another way in which I can still join in with this trend and that is by buying houseplants. I love houseplants, I feel like they really brighten the place up and now that I have been in my flat for 2 years, I am starting to change it up a little. I can’t wait to go to a garden centre & get a few more for my windows. Outdoor plants are just as nice and when I move I will definetely be buying a few.
You have to make the most of your space when you live in a small flat, so I have done this by adding in a few little house plants (some fake) to make my home feel a little bit more ‘natural’ I love them and can’t wait to get some more. I am loving having pumpkins in the flat at the minute too as it just feels so autumnal. At christmas I will also be getting some mistletoe. I hope that this post has given you a few ideas as to how you can get involved with the latest trends whether you are a ‘chief gardener’ or if you just love plants like me, now that you know how to incorporate the latest trends into your own garden space you can start by buying yourself some new tools. Check out Alton Garden Centre where you can find everything you need to make your garden that little bit more trendy.
*this is a contributed post.