Posted 4th Dec 2017 by Peter Byrne
January is seen by many as the chance for a fresh start, with resolutions coming to the fore. However, why not give your garden some TLC as well?
If you're looking for a complete garden re-design or are simply looking to upgrade what you already have, The Greenhouse People have compiled a list of the top 2018 trends to keep your eyes peeled for.
1 Botanical bedlam
There's an inspiring way of looking at your garden which is good news the those of us who are more hands-off. Wabi-sabi - an acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death is nothing new for the Japanese who have been practising the art since the 15hth Century, but for the Western world, it couldn't be further away from our never-ending quest for perfection.
The key is balancing nature and nurture - therefore, sit back, relax and reflect on the beauty of your garden's natural imperfections. Overgrown perennials, moss-covered stones, rusty iron gates and weathered pots then suddenly become bang on-trend.
2 Alfresco living
Despite our unpredictable weather, the nation is embracing the Mediterranean lifestyle, with garden furniture sales, barbecues and accessories predicted to grow by three to four per cent annually up until 2021.
Outdoor entertaining and kitchen areas are to be a big trend for Spring / Summer 2018 - ideal for those among us who lack space in our kitchens or dining rooms, so we can move entertaining our friends and family outside. Start dedicating an area with comfy furniture and mood lighting, complete with a sunken fire pit, barbecue or pizza oven.
3 Very verdure
The trend-setters at Pantone have created the perfect 2018 colour palette to experiment with in the garden. The 'Verdure' palette features colours that will naturally be found in lush vegetation and woodland - for instance, think berry-infused purple, red wood, eggshell blue and foliage green.
Introduce accents of colour with clay pots, which holding pops of purple-coloured flowering herbs like Lavender, Rosemary and Thai Basil. If your garden has wooden fencing or furniture, consider giving them a new lease of life by sanding them down before giving them a coat of eggshell blue paint to complement the shades of your plants.
4 Grow your own
Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements in the UK, with the number of Brits opting for a plant-based diet rising by over 360 per cent in the past ten years. Coupled with rising food prices and a growing appreciation for organic produce, 2018 is set to see the grow your own movement undergo a significant resurgence.
If you're serious about becoming more self-sufficient, a greenhouse can increase a yield of beautifully fresh fruit and veg all year round. If you don't have space, legumes, squashes and pumpkins are a great option as they make the most of vertical space. Salad leaves, herbs and tomatoes will all grow well in boxes on balconies and patios, and will cost a mere fraction of the price at the supermarket too.
5 Healing houseplants
Indoor plants are coming back into fashion in a big way, and not purely for aesthetic reasons. NASA has revealed that as well as purifying the air we breathe of harmful toxins, indoor plants can also reduce stress, control humidity and lower sound pollution.
If you would like to promote better sleep, place snake plants in your bedroom which will five out bursts of oxygen at night to support better breathing. Aloe Vera will also work well in kitchens to neutralise benzene which is found in detergents and plastics. Indoor hanging planters are also making a comeback as a quirky display for houseplants. To create maximum impact, group different colours, shapes and textures together to create maximum impact.
6 Be in the moment
Mindfulness - the ancient Buddhist tradition of immersing yourself in the present moment - has become a buzzword in wellbeing over the past few years, and it's set to have a strong influence over how we design and appreciate our gardens in 2018. Focus on incorporating elements which will stimulate the senses; this can include accents of calming blues and energising yellows, pots of strongly-scented therapeutic Lavender and a water feature that creates a relaxing ambience.