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2019 Garden Trends to Watch Out for with GLEE

At the beginning of September, GLEE, the horticultural trades show in Birmingham, demonstrated the future for gardeners and landscapers across the UK. We are seeing a rise in products designed to make gardening and landscaping easier. What’s more, we are now seeing the rise of the urban garden! The average UK garden size is 50 ft long. However, new build houses will have much smaller gardens. In response, the gardening industry is responding with new products and 2019 garden trends.

Old Garden Trends vs 2019 Garden Trends

Many years ago, garden trends were driven by large country gardens. Many professional landscapers believed that in order to succeed in the industry, you must work with a large space of land. Many gardeners would be hesitant in terms of working with smaller spaces. There appeared to be this widespread fear that unless work in a large garden, you won’t be taken seriously.

However, this is no longer the case. The urban garden and all the quirks that come with it are the main focus of 2019 garden trends. Words such as “vista” and “double borders” are to be replaced with pots, table planters and smaller plan varieties.

All the Pots

It seems there will be a rise in designer pots, from contemporary hanging to retro and recyclable. Many pots will be sold with the purpose of dividing rooms, offering traditional style and more. When purchasing plants in plastic black pots, these tend to be non-recyclable due to the black pigment. However, 2019 is set to change all this, with colours such as taupe taking centre stage. You may also see a rise in recyclable bamboo pots!

A New Way to Grow

If you attendees GLEE this year, you may have noticed a number of table planters on display. This can only be seen as wonderful news for those who aim to grow salads in their small garden space. Some are available with easily removable cloche covers.

Plant Trends

One of the biggest trends to hit gardens in 2019 is bee and pollinator friendly “cottage garden” plants. However, as gardens are getting smaller, you should expect to see a rise in dwarf versions of these plants. This included Allium ‘Millenium”, which is almost as small as chives.

Plant foliage is something we have seen in many gardens for a while now. You may see this trend making its way down to the ordinary gardener in 2019. This is where great country gardens still take the lead. Many main name gardeners are beginning to experiment with plants that have distinctive shaped and coloured foliage. So, don’t be surprised if the next visit you make to Ladybrook Nursery is overtaken with an urge to buy phormiums!

Foragers Cocktails and Tea

Creative Director of GLEE, Romeo Sommers, made note of the expansion of grow-your-own in 2019 garden trends. He predicts that we will be growing tea plants for our own home-grown tea. He also believes that restaurants will make a conscious effort to grow their own ingredients.

This leads us to herbs in cocktails. You will expect to see a trend of growing herbs and plants for the purpose of creating delicious, fresh cocktails! Who can say no to garden drinks, direct from the garden itself?

The High-Tech Garden

2019 will come to our gardens in comfortable style, as the small and middle-sized garden is for relaxation. This, of course, is according to the latest research. Technology will be taking certain garden tasks from our hands, from automated irrigation systems to robot lawn mowers. You can now control both of these from your mobile phone. What’s more, they are more suited to smaller, urban gardens, than estates.

Eco-Friendly

In addition to recyclable pots, you should expect to see several new peat-free composts. You should also see glyphosate-free weed killers from a wide range of brands. You will be able to control solar lighting from your smartphone, making it more practical. According to Duracell, their best-seller in solar lighting is solar security lighting. This is because people can install it without having to drill through a wall for cabling.

Colour

Small and middle-sized gardens can be seen easily from the home. So, expect to see a rise in colourful garden furniture, fences and more. Romeo Sommers believes that more of us will extend our interior decorating themes and patterns out into the garden.

Ladybook Nursery are Here to Help

We are only just into October, but this means that you can jump onto these trends now in time for the new year! Ladybrook Nursery has 13 acres of plant life for you to choose from. If you are not sure about what you think may be best for your next project, we are here to help. Get in touch to speak to one of our experts.

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