This month we celebrate the fourth Edible Garden Awards – and what a bountiful selection of gardens we have seen over the years!
Now is a good time to stop and think about horticultural and gardening trends. In other words, what’s happening.
Here are my ideas what are yours?
- Edible gardens will continue to move from the vegetable garden to take over some of the ornamental gardens in and around our houses.
- Edible gardens will become cleaner and tidier but retain their organic ideals.
- Edible gardens will become more productive as we learn how to manage them better.
Ornamental Gardens & Home Landscaping
- There will be more demand, but only slowly, for a wider range of garden plants.
- People will seek to find more unusual plants but nurseries will be slow to source them and grow them due to limited demand (unfortunately).
- Lawns will continue to get smaller and will disappear altogether on smaller sections.
- Potted bedding plants will continue to drop off as people realise the amount of work required to keep containers going.
Outdoor Living Spaces
- We still have along way to go in creating sheltered outdoor living spaces that truly allow the outdoors to be experienced over a longer period in our climate.
- Quality decks will replace patios as they are warmer (concrete is cold)
Online Gardening Information
- The quality of this information will continue to improve as some poorer websites are taken offline and more knowledge is shared via video.
- People will continue to use websites and social media for gardening information.
Let us know what you think will happen!
Alan Jolliffe CHS President