Gar­den trends for 2018

Call forth your in­ner artist in this sum­mer's gar­den

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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.

Pol­li­na­tor gar­dens

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

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

Plants for pol­li­na­tors.

Plant sur­rounded fire pits.

Your pri­vate rock col­lec­tion.

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