Garden trends for 2018
Call forth your inner artist in this summer's garden
Garden fashions change, and the longer we garden, the harder we look for something new to stimulate our senses. Colour, new plants, garden design features are all part of the picture. There are some interesting trends for 2018.
Wildflowers and herbs that attract bees, flower flies, butterflies and other pollinators are much in trend and so are the plants that attract these useful insects. Echinacea, monarda, veronica are all good pollinator attractants. In early spring, willows and crocus help feed the bumblebees. Asters, goldenrod and gaillardia bloom later in the season and are very important to migrating birds and monarch butterflies who need to store food for their long journeys. If you like a tidier garden, set aside a special plot for these rangier flowers. Try to have a water supply nearby for the birds and the bees.
Games in the garden
Imagine sitting in the shade of a lovely summer afternoon having a long relaxing game of chess – or even checkers. You can get large sized chess sets online. Bocce ball doesn’t need a court, but you can add one if you have a very large lawn. Make a life size tic-tac-toe site out of paving stones and substitute the Xs and Os with garden ornaments.
Designing with rocks and stones
Develop a garden feature with your favourite rocks and stones collected when you go to the cottage or on that family road trip. They make a fabulous feature and add memories to your garden. Remember to soften these hard features with plants or flowers.
Fire pits never go out of fashion, but how you use them makes all the difference to their enjoyment. Make yours intimate with surrounding greenery. The pit itself can be as simple as surrounding a space with curved paving stones. Avoid the fixed seating so that you can move around to avoid smoke that depends on which way the wind is blowing.
The colour purple
Actually, the colour this year is ultra violet. Ornaments and pots in this colour will give your garden a fresh look. Add an ultra violet cushion or
two or paint that old garden bench this fabulous new colour.
Front yard features
Create an intimate front yard feature to allow you to use more of your garden. We often seclude ourselves behind the backyard fence and miss the activity at the front of the house. Is there a shady spot that will offer you a cool haven in the heat of the afternoon? Plant some flowers and a shrub or two for privacy. Add a bench or some other seating. Make it yours.
Art in the garden
The garden gives art lovers scope for displaying their favourites sculpture. Art in the garden can be as simple as adding creative elements or beautiful craftsmanship to set off the greenery.
Making the most of small gardens
Small gardens often come with small houses so it is all the more important to make the outdoor space an extension of the indoors and as useable as possible. Trends include adding running water features in troughs, raised fire/cooking /barbecue pits and convertible seating areas. Eating places are often situated away from the house.
Create quiet corners in your garden where you can get away from it all. Shade is important. Make the seating romantic.
Ground covers such as woolly or creeping thyme, lysimachia, ajuga (especially the dark coloured ‘Chocolate Chips’), Scotch or Irish moss and creeping phlox are just a few suggestions for wonderful groundcovers. Combine them for contrast. Grow them in cracks and crannies. They look best set off by hard features such as beside a pathway or tumbling over a rock garden.
Succulents are still in vogue, especially in creative containers. People are using potted cactus as design elements inside their homes. Outside in the garden you can plant the tender ones out for the summer or make a statement with unusual pots.
Plants for pollinators.
Plant surrounded fire pits.
Your private rock collection.
Groundcovers are on trend.
Succulents gardens are very much in vogue.
Art in the garden can be simple creativity.
Ultra violet is the colour of the year.