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Garden trends for 2014

The 2014 Garden Trends Report has shown that people are spending more of their free time outdoors in the garden and indulging in more outdoor activities such as lawn games, garden parties, barbeques and glamping.  There has recently been a record growth in the sale of garden furniture and accessories. The key is keeping the garden “balanced” in 2014, being a place to decorate for relaxation as an extension of the home, and a social hub.

As there has become more awareness of the bee population being in decline, it is a subject at the forefront of gardeners’ minds to keeping a healthy and working garden. They will do their bit to try to rectify the situation with plants that have a more continuous supply of pollen and nectar for the bees.

In terms of colour, monochrome is in for gardens this year. Having a white garden is a trend that dates back to the early 20th century as a reaction to the overwhelming bright colours of high class Victorians that were meant to symbolise wealth, and it has come back round again. The monochrome look is supposed to be clean, calming and elegant – having a spray of white flowers amongst a predominantly darker green background while provide a pure and summery look. Scatter sweetpeas around your borders for ease; be exotic with large white lilies; keep the garden going through autumn with Fuschia ‘Hawkshead’; and last the winter through with ‘Morning Light’.

In contrast to this though, the shocking red Flanders Field poppy has been named as the flower to be big this year. Being the centenary of the First World Work, the Chelsea Flower Show gardens will be commemorating the event, so expect to see plenty of these being planted in home gardens too. Wildflowers are also set to be particularly prominent to give a meadow-like appearance as was popularized by the London Olympics recently.

Growing your own food has been high on the agenda of many home gardeners for a few years, and this year will be no different aside from the new types of food that are becoming popular. Superfoods in particular have taken off recently and we’ll be seeing plants such as kale, in its babyleaf form to be more palatable, quinoa and dandelions being grown for the plate.

Horticulture is once again becoming cool among the younger generations, so we should expect to see young people taking up an interest in keeping their gardens not only under control, but looking on top form. Fresh new designs have been seen from younger gardeners at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Shows over the past year, and we can expect to see more great ideas to come.

Images courtesy of Mr. TinDC, Sarah Sammis, Piers Nye, and Joel Abroad.

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