Get on the front foot
Not every home has a back garden to work with but for this trend, that doesn’t matter.
According to Wyevale Garden Centres, more than 45% of gardeners now decorate the front of their homes with plants or trees. ‘Brits are spotlighting novel ways to create instant impact and maximise space out front, while adding value to their property in the process,’ they say.
There are lots of ideas that can help boost your front garden, even if it is entirely paved over. You can incorporate vertical spaces by using wall planters and hanging baskets. Window boxes also offer a great solution when outdoor space is limited.
Plants, plants everywhere
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), cactus sales rose by 34% last year, and social media hashtags, such as #plantsofinstagram and #houseplants, have been used millions of times – a sign of the growing popularity of indoor plants.
You can buy indoor plants in all kinds of stores, from garden centres to supermarkets, offering an easy way to brighten up your home while improving the air quality.
You’ll be able to match the rooms in your house to plants that will thrive there, for example peperomia and philodendron may be perfect for your hallway as they are suited to lower light levels. Meanwhile, plants such as aloe vera and bamboo will flourish in the humidity of your bathroom.
Help to save the planet
Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time and is likely to have a considerable impact on how we grow and use our gardens in the future.
The RHS says warmer springs and autumns will extend our growing season. Some plants will flower earlier, while gardeners will have to do more weeding, mowing and pruning.
However, it might also allow you to grow a wider variety of plants. The RHS adds that amid the changing climate, we have seen more ‘temperate’ species, such as camellias, escallonias, and fuchsias become dominant hedge and boundary plants.
You can tailor your garden to withstand changing temperatures and reduce your footprint along the way. Start by cutting your use of peat, which is very carbon-heavy, composting more kitchen or garden waste, and using less chemicals, such as pesticides.
The number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2018. The trend is set to continue in 2019, affecting all kinds of industries – from food to cosmetics, and gardening is no different.
With that in mind, it could be an opportune time to start your own vegan garden.
A good place to start is to think about your own diet, what fruit and veg you eat most, and what would be beneficial to grow. Time & Leisure’s Tina Lofthouse says that you can “grow your own protein and iron-rich veg such as artichokes or broccoli to make sure your vegan diet is not lacking in any essential minerals and vitamins.”
To make your garden fully vegan, avoid the use of other animal products, such as manure-based fertilisers, and avoid keeping chickens and bees.
You might have heard of driverless cars, but how about driverless lawnmowers?
This could be the year that smart-gardening really takes off, with robots that can mow your lawn and do the weeding, sprinkler systems that water the grass automatically, and lighting that can turn itself on when the sun begins to set.
There are also a host of gardening apps available, for example SmartPlant, which has a variety of features including one that identifies bugs or flowers that you take pictures of, and linking with Amazon Alexa to tell you what your plants need.