Bright colours to make a come­back in our gar­dens

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Noth­ing gets the au­tumn blues out of the way faster than plan­ning what to do for next year. The hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try is way ahead, with com­pa­nies al­ready grow­ing the plants and man­u­fac­tur­ing the prod­ucts you’ll be buy­ing next sea­son.

What’s go­ing to be hot in the gar­den next year?

The Posh Shed Com­pany has teamed up with award-win­ning gar­den de­signer Clau­dia de Yong to give their pre­dic­tions.

Richard Frost, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Posh Shed Com­pany, said: “We’re pre­dict­ing brighter colours mak­ing a come­back.

“In re­cent times, there has been a ten­dency for peo­ple to pick pas­tels and muted tones but bold colours are com­ing back in.

“We think pinks, greens and blues are go­ing to be pop­u­lar.”

Clau­dia said: “Coloured fo­liage on shrubs is be­com­ing pop­u­lar again as is paint­ing sheds, fenc­ing and fur­ni­ture in soft pinks, blues and mint green.

“With a move in the in­dus­try away from us­ing plas­tics, we will see more retro pas­tel shades in re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and bam­boo hang­ing planters.”

“As more peo­ple are rent­ing, in­doors has be­come the new out­doors and post­ing images on­line has helped to make plants, es­pe­cially house­plants, trendy again.

“Plants that were once pop­u­lar like Pe­largo­ni­ums (gera­ni­ums) are also mak­ing a come­back as they add a splash of colour and are easy to main­tain and grow both in­doors and out­doors.

“I be­lieve we will see a growth in home­grown pro­duce as more peo­ple try to cul­ti­vate a health­ier life­style to re­con­nect with the nat­u­ral world.

“Grow­ing herbs and plants suit­able for drinks and cock­tails have been very pop­u­lar.

“I think dwarf va­ri­eties of pop­u­lar plants, es­pe­cially those that are bee and pol­li­na­tor friendly, will fea­ture more as they can be grown in pots on bal­conies and planted in smaller ur­ban gar­dens.”

To find out more about Clau­dia, visit www.clau­di­adey­ongde­signs. com.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about The Posh Shed Com­pany, visit www. the­p­oshshed­com­

For more in­for­ma­tion, plus cook what you grow, recipes, en­vi­ron­men­tal news and more, log on to the web­site at www.mandy­canudigit. com – which is also now smart­phone friendly.

You can also fol­low Mandy on Twit­ter @Mandy­CanUDigIt or you can like me on my Face­book page at Mandy­canudigit

House­plants are plants are prov­ing trendy once again.

Gera­nium Tommy.

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