Spring into the gar­den

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - Tanya Macnaughton

SPRING has ar­rived this week peo­ple and it’s time to re­joice.

It’s also time to move with the sea­son.

Angie Thomas, from Yates, has re­vealed six spring gar­den­ing trends to look out for.

1. Real in­door plants set to re­place plas­tic

We’ll see the trend of plas­tic in­door plants di­min­ish as peo­ple be­come more aware of the many ben­e­fits real plants bring to the in­doors

Hard-to-get in­door plants such as pilea peper­omioides, wa­ter­melon peper­o­mia and var­ie­gated mon­stera will be the hottest in­door plants this spring.

2. More of us will ‘give it a go’ for the sake of health and en­vi­ron­ment

More peo­ple will grow their own food re­gard­less of how much ex­pe­ri­ence they have in the gar­den.

From planter boxes to vegie patches, we’ll see even the most novice gar­den­ers give it a go for the pos­i­tive health and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

3. Suc­cu­lents will grow in pop­u­lar­ity thanks to easy care

Low-main­te­nance suc­cu­lents will be amongst the best­sellers this spring, with many gar­den­ers group­ing them to­gether in pots and flowerbeds for a won­der­ful dis­play of colours, leaf shapes and tex­ture. For a ta­ble cen­tre­piece with a dif­fer­ence, try pot­ting small suc­cu­lents such as panda plant, hen­sand-chicks or cacti in shal­low trays or troughs, sur­rounded by dec­o­ra­tive peb­bles, and then get cre­ative with your place­ment of can­dles, mini lanterns or fairy lights.

4. Cre­atively em­brac­ing small gar­dens

Home­own­ers and ren­ters will in­creas­ingly find imag­i­na­tive ways to cre­ate green spa­ces and grow plants in small spa­ces. From ver­ti­cal gar­dens to hang­ing pots and wall planters, even the small­est of spa­ces will be trans­formed.

We’ll also see clever use of up­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to grow house­plants, from teapots to jars to preloved fur­ni­ture.

5. Or­ganic gar­den­ing

This spring, we’ll see more peo­ple go­ing or­ganic.

Gar­den­ers will also fo­cus more on im­prov­ing soil health by us­ing or­ganic fer­tilis­ers, mak­ing their own com­post, en­cour­ag­ing earth­worms and us­ing or­ganic mulches.

6. More green time and less screen time

As a na­tion we’re be­com­ing self-aware of FOSO (fear of switch­ing off) and this year we’ll see more Aussies switch off in favour of green time.

For more gar­den­ing in­spi­ra­tion, go to www.yates.com.au.

In­door plants are get­ting real.

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