Whether you want to dine alfresco, grow your own veg or just want to enjoy the many benefits of the great outdoors, here’s a little guide for the top garden trends to make the most of the warm weather.
As environmental concerns become more and more prevalent, gardens designed to benefit the environment and encourage wildlife. Native plants and locally sourced materials are becoming increasingly popular. You can encourage the bee population into the garden by planting nectar rich plants such as Primrose, Pansies and Dahlias, or provide a sheltered log pile for hedgehogs to nest, they’ll repay you by eating slugs, snails, beetles and other insects that can-do harm to your garden.
Outdoor structures are set to be big in 2018, and not just your average summerhouse. ‘Plug and Play’ pergolas – with integrated drainage, lighting and heating will be the must-have garden feature, while outdoor kitchens will also continue to grow in popularity, with dedicated spaces for cooking, eating and entertaining becoming a central focus.
Despite the unpredictable British weather, when the sun creeps out we love nothing more than to be in the garden with a barbecue on the go! There are great deals out there on sunken fire pits, BBQ’s and even Pizza Ovens; this is a fantastic trend for anyone who lacks space in the kitchen or dining areas within their homes.
GROW YOUR OWN
More than ever, people all over the country are growing their own fruit and vegetables, in increasingly creative ways. Garden centres and home shops all over are stocking various types of planters. No matter the size of your garden, it’s possible to produce your own veg, whether you need to make use of vertical space or investing in a greenhouse.
It’s all about shrubs this year. Moving away from naturalistic perennials and grasses to provide accent and structure to the garden. Shrubs are becoming increasingly popular and in particular Euonymus oxyphyllus thanks to its rich, emerald green leaves which turn to shades of yellow, bronze and red in the autumn, and produce a spectacular show of colour in the summer from its cherry-like fruits.
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