There are a number of key gardening trends set to make an appearance in 2019, from gardening for climate change (look out for our upcoming vlog by Ashley) and sculptural plants, to house plants and using metal and sculptural walls.
In this article we’ve taken a look at two trends which can work in any size garden to give you some inspiration for an amazing garden.
If you’re in to bright colours, this key garden trend for 2019 will be right up your street. Go Bold and Beautiful with clashing colours, large leaf plants and bold print!
Hot, sizzling jewel colours, along with sultry purples and blues, are the order of the day for 2019 so you can indulge all your favourite colours! To make this scheme work successfully go for simplicity and repetition in the form of repeated planting patterns or plant combinations and matching, brightly coloured accessories.
Statuesque flowering perennials such as Pompon Dahlias, Allium Globemaster or Lupin Tutti Frutti will help to create colourful, striking focal points. Look too for large leafed plants, such as Cannas, Hostas, Cardoon (Globe Artichokes/Artichoke Thistles), Fatsia, Date Palms and Cordyline, to give architectural structure to your beds.
Bedding plants in brightly coloured planters will help to bring colour to hard landscaped areas such as patios and decking. Begonias, Petunias, Stocks, Bush Geraniums, Trailing Fuchsia and Impatiens are just some that will provide you with a riot of colour.
If the natural look is more your style then the good news is that nature is stepping forward in gardens this year. This style of garden design takes on a less regimented, more natural style.
Go green and choose hedging for boundaries rather than fences and walls. Native hedging such as Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Field Maple are ideal for wildlife as they produce a selection of fruit, berries and nuts.
Retain areas of the garden for perennial meadow or wildflowers (or pots if you have a smaller or courtyard garden). Perennial meadows are great for areas of nutrient poor soil, and although they can take a few years to establish, it is very satisfying to watch them develop, and once established your meadow will provide colour and interest from April to November with relatively little maintenance. Wildflower areas are very simple to achieve using wildflower and insect friendly seed mix which is readily available.
This type of garden also lends itself to accommodating wildlife. Wildflower and perennial meadows are great for attracting butterflies, bees and other insects. If you have opted for hedged boundaries, rather than fencing or walls, you will also be enabling wildlife, such as hedgehogs, to move more freely in and out of your garden, as well as providing nesting sites for birds and a source of food if you choose a hedging plant which has berries (see above). (If you have got fences, consider cutting a hole at ground level so that they can get through.)
You may also like to think about creating suitable habitats to encourage wildlife. For example, a piles of logs in a shady spot is a great hibernation spot for hedgehogs, but will also accommodate insects such as stag beetles and spiders. If you have a pond in your garden, or are near to water, a pile of stones tucked away in a corner makes a good habitat for hibernating reptiles and amphibians.