The weather may be dreary, but the days are indeed getting lighter! Daffodils are blooming and spring is just around the corner, so we've teamed up with Flymo to get clued up on the top five gardening trends for 2018.
1. Balcony living
Whether you're living in the city, a rented property, or you're just short on outdoor space, take a new approach to gardening and opt for balcony living. By enhancing the space that is available, regardless of size, it provides an area to express creativity and style. Whether it’s a balcony, patio or windowsill, there are a range of planting containers and vertical structures that will allow you to grow various flowers and foliage.
2. Grow your own protein
Being mindful of the origins of food is becoming even more popular thanks to growing dieting trends such as flexitarianism. There are so many plant varieties that can be easily grown in the garden, including peas, broccoli, spinach and even quinoa! Start small with a window box full of herbs, or go big and cordon off a patch of your garden and experiment. It’s a great way to try something new, as well as being eco-friendly and cost effective.
3. Wabi Sabi
Last year saw us all embracing the cosiness of Hygge and the simplicity of Lagom – for 2018 it’s all about seeing the beauty in the imperfections. Wabi Sabi translates to ‘beauty in imperfection’ and involves having an appreciation for the changes in the natural landscapes. Try not to focus on the symmetry and longevity of objects, choose plants and items that will change over time with the seasons. A tree with textured or peeling bark, flowers that display their seed pods during autumn and dried leaves that have fallen under a small tree are great ways to introduce Wabi Sabi into your life.
4. Make a splash
The soothing sound of running water is a welcome addition to gardens of all shapes and sizes. By introducing a water feature into your outdoor haven it will instantly transform the space and create a relaxed and serene atmosphere. For gardens with a rustic vibe, natural materials like stone and slate work well, or for a modern look choose a sleek centre piece to complement the space.
For years, Instagram has sat at the centre of many trends, especially in the interior world, but now it’s time to take outside! The photography platform is a great outlet to express creativity in the garden, take ideas from and even inspire others. So phones at the ready to capture your ‘#OutdoorHaven’…
To make an Instagram post really pop this year, try to embrace the contemporary unicorn colour trend. Be playful and introduce hints of turquoise, pink and purples through planters, cushions and lighting paired.
To find out more about the top gardening trends and how to acheive them, head to www.flymo.com.