The new year has arrived, and with it also comes new gardening opportunities to explore. This post looks at the most pressing issues affecting garden design, materials, planting, and aesthetics.
This year’s overriding theme will be a shift toward plant-led, wildlife-friendly gardens that allow everyone to help the environment. Because of the increased concern about climate change, people are becoming more aware of the necessity of biodiversity; thus, gardens will be brimming with insect and plant life. People will refocus their attention on a natural aesthetic with some roughness on the edges, embracing the charm that this gives.
Mediterranean-style gardening will become increasingly popular because of the uncertainties of global warming and the possibility of prolonged periods without rain. Drought-tolerant blooming plants like lavender, verbena, and perovskia will attract pollinators, while shrubs like Santolina chamaecyparissus Hebe pinguifolia and Teucrium fruticans will be planted to replace conventional box and yew.
We all need colour in our life after the pandemic’s pressures and strains; gardening schemes are shifting away from the subtle pastels and subdued colours that have been popular for the previous decade and toward something far more dramatic. Lustrous, jewel-like colours will be popular — but not always in harmonious blocks or sweeps. Planting plans will be natural and random, like a stylized meadow, and geared toward pollinators rather than humans.
Large swaths of terracing or paving are becoming less popular as plants take over. Large sections of brick or stone are not only more difficult to look at, but they also create an impervious surface that generates extra water run-off. Low planting patches in between the pavement softens the appearance and enhance your plant population, or you may just leave huge, gravel-filled spaces in between slabs and let nature run its course with self-seeding plants.
Most people will make it a goal to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastics in gardening. While we will reuse current seed trays and pots, we will not purchase new ones and will instead search for alternative and more sustainable items produced from biodegradable materials like cardboard, wood, or rubber.