Garden trends make the headline every year, usually after the latest Chelsea Flower Show has laid some ground rules for us all to follow! Perhaps you prefer to follow a different set of rules, those that not only suit your personal taste but also those that make eco-logical sense. Gardeners are moving away from expensive designs that literally cost the earth, conscious of our horticultural footpath we are looking closer to home for our trees and shrubs, considering native specimens rather than imported rarities that contrast with the environment. Instead we are staying local with plants and flowers that are comfortable growing in the conditions we are provided with… and Christmas quiz answers Great news for local businesses, plant growers and the eco-system, as specialist nurseries rush to cater for demand and have back orders for plants to meet the needs of the keen gardener. I feel much happier spending money on a tree or shrub that is prepared for the wet british winters and can cope with the occasional hard frost and Gail force winds.
There is also a demand for native trees, shrubs and perennials, for tough, hard-working plants that don’t over perform but instead are happy to produce seasonal interest without chemical enhancements and winter protection. We are investing more time and effort in to growing our own vegetables and fruit, nutritious produce that has a specific origin and full traceability is essential to meet the needs of avid organic gardeners. No longer settling for chemically enhanced produce gardeners seek a balance, a type of harmony in the garden that instead of precise designs, were going for softer natural curves that remind of the countryside and mimic our love of the natural environment that has become an important factor in our lives. In summary we no longer want to create the tropics in our backyard, instead we are happy with tried and tested plants that perform regardless of the conditions provided for them.
We are planting trees and shrubs that blend with our surroundings as opposed to clashing, that prefer our local climate and can adapt to the diverse weather conditions with very little stress. The result is that we are consciously maintaining out gardens in an altogether eco-friendlier way, employing cultural methods to limit pests rather than destroy everything with chemical applications. Biological control instead of slug pellets, natural techniques that have stood the test of time instead of heavy fertilisers and toxic liquids to control weeds, we are going back to good old-fashioned hand weeding. Using a garden hoe instead of roundup to control weeds in pathways, altogether healthier, practical and environmentally sound.
There’s a tend I rather interested in that has been gathering support over the last few years and that’s cordless garden power tools! The idea of replacing typical electrical garden tools with light weight battery operated machines is not that new but thanks to massive investment and research from the brand leader STIHL, their Cordless Power System is adding weight to the claim that cordless garden power tools are the future for garden maintenance.
Roll on 2015 it’s going to be a great year in the Garden, I can feel it! Can you?
Looking for answers to the Very Berry Christmas Quiz? Then be sure to open both tabs to view the answers and the questions at the same time to check results.
No 1: Rose Hips
No 2: Callicarpa
No 3: Ilex (Holly)
No 4: Hedera (Ivy)
No 5: Sorbus (Rowan)
No 6: Hippophae
No 7: Crateagus (Hawthorn)
No 8: Taxus bacatta (Yew)
No 9: Malus (Crab Apple)