Gardens have changed a lot in the last few decades, morphing into multifunctional spaces where we eat, cook, work out, bathe, as well as grow plants. Here the garden trends you must know
The rise of indoor gardens
Most herbs can be grown indoors as long as they have good light for 6-8 hours a day. Some varieties such as basil and thyme need a sunny north-facing window while shade lovers like mint are alright with lower light levels. Make your own indoor herb planters using recycled tins, jars, wooden pallets or guttering. Drainage holes are essential and you might need a tray beneath your planter to catch excess water. Make sure you plant herbs with similar watering requirements together.
Black and charcoal-painted fences and exterior walls
Painting boundary structures one dark colour is a relatively inexpensive way to disguise a mish-mash of different materials so they read as one, and gives tired fences and walls a contemporary lift. The popularity of dark coloured fences and walls in gardens looks set to continue this year and for very good reason. Black, deep charcoal or dark grey fences and walls make those structures recede visually, focusing attention instead on the plants in front. It’s particularly effective with green foliage, highlighting the different leaf shapes and colours.
Industrial-style garden structures
The industrial style is a popular interiors trend for contemporary apartments and houses, and now that look is continuing outside.
Cultivate your own micro greens on the window sill. Highly nutritious and easy to grow microgreens are seeds harvested a few days after their germination. You can grow an enormous variety of veges as microgreens from salad greens to herbs and beetroot.
A growing number of homeowners are now installing outdoor baths or showers in their gardens so they can lie back and watch the stars overhead or listen to the birds in the trees while in the shower. A big advantage of outdoor baths over spa pools or hot tubs is you don’t need chemicals because you refill the bath each time.