From crazy paving to decking. From vegetable gardens to ‘nightscaping’. The landscape (pardon the pun!) of garden trends are forever changing. The listed fads above are all unique in their own right, from the kooky, to the financially sound. But what’s the next step for your garden?
Like anything creative, fashions and trends change with time, due to a number of different factors; through something as simple as pure aesthetics, or even something more specialist required for personal preference. However, be that as it may, garden professionals and designers were asked for their opinions on what new challenges 2015 holds for designers and homeowners alike.
In one publication from Garden Illustrated, ten of the world’s leading garden designers were asked back in December what they thought would be “hot” in the fifteenth year of the new millennium, and like most predictions, they are of a wide range. For instance, German designer Isabelle Van Groeningen believed self-cultivation will remain, in the form of vegetable gardens and the ilk. Annie Guilfoyle from the KLC School of Design, however, felt that shrubbery will make a comeback. On the other hand, Andrew Fisher Tomlin from the London College of Garden Design went one step further; he gave a number of ideas that he believed were “in fashion”, such as shrubs and swimming pools, but he also listed his opinions on what will be “out of fashion”, such as single-species grass planting and designs involving lighting.
It’s incredible how perceptive fashion is! The range of opinions continue in another publication, this time from Garden Design. Stephanie Cohen believes that colours will be more subdued. However, three out of the four gardening professionals quizzed, including Cohen, believed that edible gardening, or “foodscaping” will play a large part in the year to come. Lucy Hardiman also offers some advice on those will smaller-scale gardens, and what to do to utilise it effectively for multiple purposes.
This author’s opinion? It’s all down to perception and personal preference. Because, let’s face it; it’s your garden, and you can do with it what you see fit! But it cannot be denied “foodscaping” is popular amongst those in the industry. It could well be worth a thought.
This article was written by Lewis