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In recent years popularity has risen when it comes to gardening. Once considered an activity favoured by elderly people or retires, potting, seeding and planting greenery has now become a big trend among youngsters, even Adidas have released this by releasing its own gardening clothes line! This trend is great for creating diversity within the gardening community and is good news for the gardening industries, even more this new trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down… thankfully!
For those who want to up the ante and spruce up their backyard with the latest and greatest in gardening, the trends for this year have just come in, courtesy of The Royal Horticultural Society. The charity has spoken to horticultural experts and community teams, reviewed retail centres to predict what will be the next big thing in gardening. ‘As we enter a new decade, gardening takes on an ever more important role in helping us to create healthy and happy places to live,’ said Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the RHS. ‘While many gardeners will celebrate the return of some old favourites there is much to be excited about in the way that we’ll all be growing in 2020.’
From big and bold plants to 80’s flower power, here are the top five developments expected to blossom in 2020.
Plants will take more of a focal point in people’s homes. Aloe vera plants on your window sill or a spiky cactus have become the thing of the past. It’s now all about big, show-stopping greenery now, like alocasia, which has giant leaves and monstera, featuring deep green-patterned foliage. Plants that are around 6-9cm will still remain popular though, so don’t completely overlook miniature shapes if you prefer those.
Don’t know much about soil? Time to do some research. According to RHS, new findings have revealed that a soil bacteria known as mycobacterium vaccea is good for our immune systems, which is great for people who like to grow their own vegetables, the quality of the soil will boost the quality of your very own fresh carrots, cabbage etc. Sustainability is also key, with gardeners expected to use environmentally-friendly materials such as wood fibre and green waste compost.
Meanwhile, if you’re considering adding a new flower to your pots, baskets or bedding’s, the 80’s will re-surge with nemesia and diascias at the front of the line. Both Nemesias and Diascias are great support acts and can be placed around the edge of any basket/pot.
The sweet scents will attract bees and butterflies which is great to help boost bee population’s and the their respective acts of pollination
Pristine plants with Scandinavian styles are no longer all the rage. As more people become aware of plummeting wildlife populations and aim to do their part in supporting these, they will make place in their homes and gardens for imperfect designs, such as plants that leave seed heads for insects, as well as a shopping from a wider selection of greenery. Look into the award winning bee ‘biome’ home over at Gardenature , whom have a wide selection housing for all type of insects to help keep your garden thriving, whilst doing your part for the environment.
Speaking of the current environmental and climate changes at the forefront of people’s minds, many will turn to sustainable ways in sourcing their food too, by growing their own, reducing plastic use and gardening in communal areas. Due to the spice import trade having a large impact on the worlds carbon foot print, Chilli is still number one on the list of popular spices. Due to planting spices being cheap, easy and great for the environment, growing your own has never been more desirable