5 feel-good Spring garden trends
Sunny skies, longer days and outdoor visits are imminent. Time to spruce up your outdoor space with these top Spring garden trends.
Hurrah for Spring! The days are getting warmer and longer and we’ll soon be allowed garden visits. Big or small, our outdoor spaces have never been so important. Muddy spoke to the experts at Rosebourne Garden Centre in Weyhill, near Andover, for their top Spring garden trends and inspo.
Make your garden an outdoor room
With the right touches, the garden is a great place for retreating, relaxing, dining and growing. Decorate your outside space, not just with plants but lighting and garden décor, too. Mirrors in particular can make the area look instantly look bigger. Lighting also makes a real difference and will make your outdoor space useable for a greater length of time.
Having comfortable furniture is also a real must. We all spend money on sofas inside – so why not extend this to your outdoor space and relax in style?
Get set, grow
Back in the 70s, poor old Tom and Barbara Good were curiosities in the TV sitcom The Good Life. Fast-forward to 2021 and their self-sufficiency drive is positively de rigueur. This year, grow-your-own is one of the most popular Spring garden trends. Potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and everything in between are being potted up in vegetable beds and planters and containers.
Fruit trees, including smaller ones for the patio, are pretty to look at with a sweet bonus of ripe, homegrown produce. Whether you are a regular gardener or first-timer, stock-up on seeds, tools, trays, propagators – and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Bright colours have instant feelgood appeal – something we all need after a long winter lockdown. Seasonal bedding provides a burst of instant colour to any outdoor space. It can also easily be renewed through the seasons.
As well as a few cool tipples, we’ll be enjoying colour-coordinated Garden Cocktails plants in the garden this Spring, like Angel Delight, Blueberry Twist, Peach Melba and Strawberry Swirl. Subtle, deep colours that are quite jewel-like and gentle on the eye are a key trend this year
Support local growers and makers
We’ve been delighted to see a huge appetite to buy British, buy locally and support local businesses. New for this year, we’re loving this beautiful range of hand-crafted pots made by skilled artisans in South Wales (above). If you want a Spring uplift without a major refurb, pots and containers are a great way to change the look of your patio – from the traditional to the uber-contemporary.
Planting a good selection of green plants with a balance of different leaf textures gives a feeling of freshness and growth. This can be in the garden or indoors with potted houseplants.
Of course, green is not just a colour, it’s also a lifestyle choice. One way to be greener with your garden buys is to choose sustainable materials with a reduced carbon footprint, like terracotta pots and timber planters.
Staying close to home, people are surprised at how much wildlife there is in their garden. Rather than maintaining a perfectly manicured lawn or soil bed, many gardeners are embracing a more informal, overgrown look to encourage wildlife.
To get ahead on grow-your-own and find out what other garden jobs you should be keeping up-to-date with, check out Rosebourne’s latest In The Garden blog.