Views:6 Author:Phoebe Jayes Publish Time: 2019-04-01 Origin:Site
Wyevale Garden Centres has combined the sales insights and expertise of its senior buying team with survey data from more than 27,000 British gardeners to reveal the key trends shaping the way we garden in 2019.
The hot trends fall into six overarching categories:
The dramatic weather contrasts Britain faced last year when the Beast from the East preceded the hottest and driest summer since 1976 was not without its complications: searches on Google for ‘drought tolerant plants’ went up by 83% compared to 2017, and the dramatic increase in pests led to a rise in the popularity of companion planting.
People are also becoming increasingly aware of the importance of pollinators in the garden and wild meadows are expected to flourish in the coming year. There’s a growing preference for a ‘looser’, more relaxed style of gardening which leaves patches untended to encourage wildlife in the garden. One of the biggest talking points of 2018 was the severe consequences surrounding our extensive use of plastics and packaging. For this reason, garden centres have started cutting down the amounts of plastics it uses in favour of recyclable materials. Bare root ranges, which offer top-quality material while using minimal packaging, are growing ever popular. City-dwellers are also increasingly on the lookout for pollution-tolerant plants.
2. Homegrown traditions:
Provenance, pests and plant quality are big focuses at a time when plant diseases are spreading across Europe. Over half of gardeners now make a conscious decision to buy British-grown plants, with the Chusan palm Trachycarpus fortunei enjoying a particular rise in popularity on account of its hardiness (it can grow as happily in Surrey as it can in Shanghai!).
Almost half of Britain turn to loved ones for gardening advice, so it’s no wonder that traditional, old-time favourite flowers and shrubs are making a comeback. Bedding classics such as primroses, geraniums, begonias and petunias are reappearing in private gardens and prestigious grounds alike, while hydrangeas, magnolias and lavender are best-selling shrubs.
Dahlias, too, are storming the charts on account of their long flowering period and wonderful decorative foliage which makes them the perfect cut flowers. Pastel coloured dahlias are doing especially well at the moment, such as new varieties ‘Iceball’ (lemon- yellow and white) and ‘Lavender Swirl’.
3. Front garden fever:
Whether due to a lack of space out back or an increasing desire (encouraged by social media) to show off all aspects of our lives, front gardens which actually feature gardens are becoming more popular.
The British people are looking for ways to create instant impact and maximise space out front, which has resulted in a 59% increase in gardeners using potted plants in their front gardens as well as a 32% increase in hanging baskets and pre-planted pots. David Austin’s climbing roses have proven a particularly popular choice on account of their ability to flourish in a pot or container.
Another result of the increasing interest in front gardens is soaring sales for plants and trees in pairs to stand either side of the front door. 45% of gardeners now use plants or trees to dress their front doors – twin bay trees remain a favourite for adding structural impact, new container-friendly bamboo varieties such as the red-stemmed Fargesia ‘Red Dragon’ are coming in this year and evergreen box and topiary are also being introduced to meet with growing demand. Additionally, ornamental trees, including viburnums, are on the rise and Japanese maples are popular for year-round appeal.
4. Multisensory space:
There is a growing desire among Brits to create a wholly immersive space in the garden by taking into account colour, light, fragrance and texture.
Green and white coloured plants are particularly popular at the moment, as Brits are on a quest for their outdoor spaces to be a calming oasis, while Pantone’s Colour of the Year ‘Living Coral’ is also causing a spike in the sales of coral-petalled plants.
Trends for colour and outdoor styling are particularly popular with the younger generations, with over a quarter of under-45s saying that their gardens are influenced by fashion and/or interior design. Contemporary gardeners, too, are placing more focus on colour when designing, moving away from traditional planting schemes in favour of following complementary colour palettes.
Fragrance, texture and light have been key concerns for gardeners and garden designers recently. Beautifully scented plants such as herbs, geraniums and lavender are in vogue, while the floristry trend of unexpected, architectural twists in arrangements is appearing in the garden in the form of textural plants such as ferns, grasses and ornamental vegetables. Lack of light is also a rising concern for Brits, especially those in urban spaces, with Google searches for ‘shade tolerant shrubs‘ rising by 110% in 2018.
5. Wellness and healthy eating:
Wellness has been the buzzword for a while now and in 2019 it is set to grow ever bigger, with people taking up gardening to better their physical and mental health alongside plant-based diets.
There’s been a growth of interest in air-purifying plants which look good indoors as well as cleaning the air of toxins. The current five most popular air-purifying plants are: peaces lilies, spider plants, fiddle-leaf fig, ferns and aloe vera.
There’s also been a widening awareness to the health benefits of gardening, with 70% of gardeners saying that the pursuit calms and relaxes them. Growing tasty produce that offers multiple health benefits is particularly popular at the moment with 25-34 year olds. Nutrient-rich vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, peas and asparagus gained significant ground last year.
6. Blurred boundaries:
During the heatwave last summer, our living spaces flowed outdoors, and the boundaries between indoor and out are blurring ever further, with interiors transformed into jungle-like environments.
Statement plants are set to be huge in all senses of the word in 2019, replacing soft furnishings throughout the home and styling public areas. Leafy houseplants are a particular favourite, with popular choices including cheese plants Monstera deliciosa, kentia palms Howea forsteriana, areca palms Dypsis lutescens and rubber plants Ficus elastica.
The multi-functional aspect of gardens– for example as places to simultaneously relax, entertain and grow– has led to subtle ways of differentiating areas within them. In other words, gardens are evolving different ‘rooms’. More and more gardens are also featuring sophisticated furniture such as rugs, solar lighting and sofas. 40% of us have a dining table and chairs in the garden, while 17% of us now have swing chairs.
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