What are the gardening trends for 2021? Picture : Alamy/PA
Health and wellbeing, saving money, sustainability and climate change are likely to be in vogue.
Planet-friendly gardening is on the cards for 2023 as gardeners ditch peat, create alternative lawns and encourage wildlife onto their patch, using sustainable techniques to improve their soil and conserve water.
Restorative gardens will take centre stage at the 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as designers offer ideas on how gardening can contribute positively to our health and also help the environment. There’s also going to be a big push on community gardening.
Take a look at some of the gardening trends predicted for 2023.
“As environmental concerns increase, particularly among young people, we’ll see more wildlife-friendly gardening using recycled products, organic fertilisers and peat-free or homemade compost in 2023,” predicts Chris Collins, head of organic horticulture at charity Garden Organic (gardenorganic.org.uk).
“I think more gardeners will follow the example of a number of councils and plant a more wildlife-friendly garden to attract pollinating insects.
“Gardeners may also experiment with companion planting and rethinking their attitude to ‘weeds’, taking a more relaxed approach and acknowledging their important role as sources of pollen.”
Environment and climate change
“Climate change will see gardeners review the types of crops they grow to more closely align with the climate in their part of the country,” Collins suggests.
“Heat and drought-tolerant plants will be bought, water-saving and the use of water butts will increase and planting techniques will change to ensure plants can withstand high winds and flooding.”
Sarah Squire, chair of Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk), predicts: “Customers may be looking at investing in drought-tolerant, heat-loving plants that can weather the increase in temperatures we are experiencing and that can look after themselves.
“Many offer long-lasting colour in the garden. Inspiration can be drawn from Mediterranean garden style, successfully combining drought-resistance plants with striking colour. Lavender, rosemary, thyme and a host of other herbs fit the bill.”
New heights for houseplants
The trend in houseplant popularity will continue, with more exotics such as such as Cymbidium and Dendrobium orchids and scented-leaf varieties performing better in cooler homes, the RHS predicts.
In August the Government announced that the sale of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024, in a bid to protect the UK’s already severely degraded moorlands.
People will seek out environmentally-friendly, wood-based compost alternatives to peat-based bagged compost, the RHS advises.
Seaweed and biochar feeds could be used to complement these alternatives, while comfrey and winter beans can be grown as green manures to help fix nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil and provide habitat and food for wildlife.
“More gardeners will switch to producing their own compost,” predicts Collins.
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