There are some big trends that have emerged for the first part of this year, and with summer underway it’s the perfect time to try some out. From clever space saving techniques to obscure Japanese trends, there’s plenty of ways you can keep your garden up to date this year. Check out our guide of the latest garden trends of 2018:
Space-saving in gardens as a concept is nothing new, but this year it’s being taken to new heights. It’s been said that one of the most effective ways of saving space is by building up. That’s certainly the case with the trend of ‘vertical gardening’. There are no rules when it comes to vertical garden, so you have free reign. The idea is to plant your flowers in a tall structure, or by any way that means it’s going up instead of out. You can buy plant pots specifically designed for this purpose, with multiple spaces for a variety of flowers and plants in one impressive standing sculpture. But don’t just limit yourself to vertical planting, there are plenty of other ways to save space, such as: hanging baskets, window boxes and feature walls.
Homegrown Fruit and Veg
Growing your own fruit and vegetables benefits your health as well as your garden. It’s the perfect step to achieving self-sufficient living. With more and more health conscious people taking an interest in where their food comes from, it’s easy to see why this trend has grown in 2018. If you’re a beginner, start your own fruit and vegetable garden with herbs, tomatoes and fruits in pots before moving to a fully-fledged vegetable patch.
Embrace the imperfections
A bizarre trend this year has come all the way from Japan. It’s called the ‘wabi-sabi’ style of gardening. Essentially, it’s a more laid-back approach to gardening – ideal for the lazy gardener! It involves leaving the gardens imperfections for all to see. This look is achieved through moss covered stones, overgrown weeds and grass, and rustic plant pots. This can just be kept to a small area of your garden for maximum impact.
Make the most of your garden in the summer months and invest in Alfresco Dining furniture. Bringing the indoors outdoors is a huge trend this year, and it’s safe to say rattan wicker furniture has made a comeback. Having outdoor living furniture can encourage you to spend more time outside, especially if it’s luxury garden furniture. It’s also perfect for when you have the family over.
Gardening can be therapeutic for many. Mindfulness is a major trend this year which encourages one to spend more time outside enjoying nature. There are many ways you can transform your garden into a calm oasis. Water features are particularly popular as many people find them soothing. It can also be a great way to give your garden a sense of purpose.
These gardening trends will certainly help you to bring your outdoor space into 2018. Why not pick a few to try? Depending on the size of your garden, you may find that some work better than others. So, experiment and get creative with what you have around you. You don’t always need a huge budget to make the most of your garden.