Find out what's du jour in the world of gardening from our resident expert, Charlie Albone.
When it comes to gardens, trends aren't exactly as straight forward as the styling choices you make indoors.
Outdoor garden design
In your own home you can be a bit more frequent with your style, chopping and changing soft furnishings or playing with colours, but a garden is actually quite different, as it requires a long-term approach.
You'll need to be certain about your choices, as plants can take a long time to mature and grow into each other. If you're going for a certain theme, it can sometimes take up to 10 years to achieve the look you're going for.
We've seen a move towards indoors plants and incorporating plants into the decor of your home. Plants had to be low-maintenance once to work indoors, but now it seems it doesn't matter so much, as more people are happy to invest time and care into their foliage.
There's certainly been a move towards aesthetics in regards to the types of plants that are easy to care for. People are keen to create visual impact as their top priority and are beginning to realise what a garden can add to the value of your house as well as the lifestyle impacts over a longer period of time.
The demand for vertical gardens has decreased a bit, simply because there's such a lot of plants to take care of in such a small space.
Even if you're someone who doesn't mind maintenance, vertical gardens are still a lot of work. Plants will inevitably need to be replaced, so they're costly to maintain as well as install.
The demand for functional gardens is rising. Sure, people are still interested in growing their own herbs, however, medicinal gardens are on the rise. As people move towards using natural remedies to take care of themselves, I have seen people favouring plants like Echinacea.
Charlie's plant of the moment
Rhipsalis is a hanging plant used everywhere because it is really good for dappled light, but also does well in sun, so it's a good choice for the indoors. They also spark plenty of visual interest and look good in pots or hanging baskets.
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