From creating wildlife-friendly gardens to getting the mood right with your outdoor lighting, there are so many exciting trends that have shaped gardening in 2018. These are our favorite 7 trends of 2018.
1. EMBRACING THE SMALL GARDEN
These days, space is at a premium—but, designers are determined to make even the smallest of gardens useful and attractive. While small gardens are by no means new, we’ve noticed great progress in the way they are designed. In this case, less really can be more.
2. BALCONY GARDENING
Balcony gardening has been on a steady rise in recent years, but now, with more people living in rented properties or with little or no outdoor space in city areas, this new approach to gardening is proving to be popular.
3. GROW YOU OWN
‘Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements with the number of Brits choosing a plant-based diet rising by more than 360 per cent over the past decade,’ explains The Greenhouse People. ‘Coupled with rising food prices and a growing appreciation of organic produce, in 2018 the grow your own movement saw a resurgence.’
4. MAKING CRAFTSMANSHIP A PRIORITY
With so many mass-produced products around us, we often forget that people still make things by hand. The following examples prove that in the garden handcrafted is always best. We hope they encourage you to seek out an artisan next time you add a structure or other important element to your property.
5. CREATING A SENSE OF ENCLOSURE
The most common method for enclosing a garden is with a fence. Of course fences have practical purposes, like containing pets or preventing trespassing, but they aren’t always the most attractive solution. This is why we love the new style of enclosing gardens with lush plantings that offer privacy, yet are attractive and welcoming.
This year we’ve seen a huge increase in wildlife-friendly gardens. Wild fllowers and ferns have been used to create lush, verdant landscapes that provide food sources for pollinators and hedgehogs alike.
7. NATURAL LOOK
This year, natural materials have been hugely on-trend. Decorative wooden panels have combined with natural bark pathways and the graceful swaying branches of birch, field maple and silver streak jacquemontii to create the sensation of standing in the midst of a woodland.