Here at Decorative Aggregates, we’ve supplied gardeners - both private and trade - with materials since 1984. With the new year approaching, our thoughts have turned to what 2019 will bring for us and the gardening world. Armed with our expert knowledge and experience, we’ve predicted the hot new gardening trends for 2019.
2018 has seen an increase in awareness of huge global issues such as global warming and the impact of human behaviour on the natural environment and its flora and fauna.
Veganism has become more mainstream with even more restaurants now offering plant-based meals.
Programmes such as the Blue Planet series have highlighted the stark message about harmful materials, especially plastic, and their effects on the extinction of species and the fragility of ecosystems.
This concern with worldwide issues will undoubtedly impact the way gardens are designed, the materials which are used, their sustainability and their function – to provide food as well as decoration.
In summer 2018, we received an important message from Blue Planet legend, David Attenborough. He informed us about the importance of bees’ lives, warning that the human race would survive just 4 years if bees became extinct.
Following his call for help to revive exhausted bees with sugar and water solutions, we expect bee-friendly gardens to rise in 2019.
Some of the best flowers to plant for bees are:
Spring blooms - crocus, hyacinth, bluebell, viburnum.
Summer blooms - poppy, sweet pea, thyme, foxglove, allium.
Late summer/autumn blooms - aster, zinnia, cornflower, lavender, echinacea.
Bamboo canes in soil present an ideal nesting site for bees.
Bee ‘baths’ provide an area for bees to get fresh, clean water. They’re simple to create with a shallow container of water and sticks for bees to land on whilst they drink.
We’ll also see gardeners consider making their gardens generally much more animal-friendly. We’ll see a rise in features such as, log piles and ponds for a hedgehog-friendly garden, butterfly spas, caterpillar food and much more.
Artificial pesticides and herbicides used in non-organic farming and gardening are toxic to most animals and insects, so we can expect a reduction in those and an increase in organic, natural pesticides and fertilisers.
Plant-based diets are the hot new food trend, with vegan food sales on the up and an impressive rise of vegan options in restaurants and cafes.
We can expect to see this reflected in 2019 gardening habits.
Cultivating one’s own garden is set to soar in popularity as plant-based diets become mainstream and the population are choosing to become more self-sufficient.
We’ll see an increase in herbs that grow best in the garden such as, mint, tarragon, fennel, parsley, rosemary, coriander and dill.
Likewise, we’ll see easy-to-grow fruit and vegetables planted such as, courgettes, tomatoes, runner beans, kale, broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers, spring onions, strawberries, cherries, apples and many more.
Cruelty-free back gardens will be a high priority, with animal-free fertiliser and compost in high demand. Popular feeds contain animal substances such as fish and bones; we’ll see more of these eliminated and replaced with alternatives such as Epsom salts.
2018 saw our hottest (and longest) UK summer yet. Avid gardeners will be forced to ensure their gardens remain healthy in heat waves for longer. Gardeners will be looking for ways to protect their outdoor space from the harsh heat:
Fertilisers containing seaweed extract help plants to survive drought stress.
We’ll see a necessary rise in mulches such as landscaping bark. This material, and others similar, help to retain moisture in the ground and cool soil.
With a lot of our traditional British plants struggling to survive the hot summers, we’ll turn to more hardy alternatives to add beauty, interest and texture to our gardens.
Cacti can store water for long periods and thrive in a desert and savannah environment.
As we can expect another extended summer, look out for an array of warm, tropical, hot coloured plants in many flower beds:
Purple veggies not only look incredible on the plate, but they’re also higher in vitamins and anti-oxidants than other vegetables. Anthocyanin is the plant compound giving these vegetables a rich, deep purple colour.
Climate change has been a global issue for years but 2018 saw even more coverage, with the UN warning we have just 12 years to limit climate change devastation.
We can expect a significant rise in environmentally-friendly gardening techniques and materials such as:
Rubber landscaping chippings - produced using 100% recycled materials, making them the ideal eco-friendly ground cover.
The UK government has released an initiative for amateur gardeners to become peat-free by 2020. Without sufficient movement towards this, they’ve threatened more measures to cut peat use. In that case, we expect to see a further rise in bark, wood fibres and green compost. Vegegrow Topsoil is peat-free, plus rich in nutrients.
High-tech solar lighting is expected to rise in popularity due to smartphone controls.
Solar powered lights come in many varieties, from string, stake and wall lights right through to illuminated stones and rock lamps.
LED lights are also fantastic low-power alternatives to garden lighting.
With gardeners looking to create sustainable gardens, we’ll also see a rise in resin bound paths and patios.
Along with the ultimate no-mess, no-maintenance, colourful gravel effect, resin bound paths also have ecological benefits. Thanks to its small gaps, allowing water to drain, its surface is permeable and therefore SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system) compliant. Resin bound helps to prevent water pollution and flooding, making it a popular eco-solution.
Many years ago, gardening was only for the large, countryside spaces. With a rise in urban housing, came a rise in small outdoor spaces and a need for tips to make these beautiful too.
Potted plants are a fantastic way for city dwellers with small terraces and balconies to grow flowers and greenery in tight spaces.
In fact, 2018’s Chelsea Flower Show exhibited the hot, new innovative ‘plant shelves’ - effectively an outdoor shelving unit against a wall. Potted plants of all different sizes are displayed with this modern concept, taking up minimal space.
Urban gardening pioneers now find anything and everything to hang plants from – ladders, grids, copper pipes, recycled cans and much more.
With all this extra time to enjoy the outdoors, we’ll also see fun trends to help us make the most of our time in the garden. Creating zones within a garden is a hot new trend set for 2019.
Created using anything from slate walling right through to hedges, ‘garden rooms’ are segments separated by ‘walls’.
‘Garden rooms’ can make a landscape feel much larger and create spaces for different purposes such as dinner, play or vegetable growing.
In 2019, adult treehouses will become the hot, new outdoor entertaining trend. They’re a place of escape from the busy world around us, a way to connect with nature and the perfect evening retreat with friends and family.
Whether you’re a green-fingered expert horticulturist or you’re just starting out in your garden, these trends are easily achievable in your outdoor space. We’d love you to share any top tips with us and pictures of your gardens!