Top Gardening Trends for 2017

Every year, there are new trends in gardening. Usually, these trends involve new popular flower colors, foliage varieties, or gardening techniques. However, this year, trends seem to be changing. As people re-evaluate values and priorities, there is growing trend toward social consciousness in gardening.

Redefining Luxury

What defines luxury is often that which is scarce. Today for many people the scarcest resource in their life is quality time with their family. Yet, as budgets get tight, many people are opting for stay-cations where they take time off of work, but stay at home, focusing on activities that are inexpensive and fun. One way that people are maximizing their stay-cations are by providing a tranquil garden space to gather and enjoy a peaceful environment. For gardeners and landscapers, that means water features and focusing on unique, rather than simply big and expensive.

Sustainability

Sustainability might seem like the buzzword of the month, but in gardening it has multiple meanings. First of all, there is the issue of resource conservation. As people downgrade the size of their homes and yards, compact size plants and yards are trending. Additionally, people are taking a fresh look at what chemicals are used in plants and how much water they require. If a plant requires more water, pesticides or other chemicals to sustain it, chances are they are out of vogue.

Organic, sustainable plants are tasty and environmentally-friendly. A recent study found that one in three respondents were planning to use more mulch for their projects. One in seven were planning to use either drip irrigation or drought-tolerant plants. The same report ranked water conservation as the topic they were most interested in.

Edible plants

Few plants are as practical as ones that are edible. Not only are they gratifying to grow, but they are good to eat. This trend is growing in popularity. The Garden Writers Association Foundation found that more than 41 million U.S. households (38 percent) grew a vegetable garden in 2016. More than 19.5 million grew an herb garden and 16.5 million grew fruits. Of those, more than seven percent were new to edible gardening and there seems to be no end in sight as 37 percent of all households reported plans to increase their edible garden.

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Adding a Plant House to your Garden

Plant houses are similar to greenhouses and provide a variety of benefits. These structures provide just enough room to grow a wide selection of spectacular plants and are a great addition to any garden. They are particularly suited to exotic plants and not only provide a variety of features but also look great.

Plant houses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there is something to suit all types of gardens. If you have a small garden, then there are a number of small designs that you can opt for that still provide just enough room to grow a variety of plants.

For those who wish to grow a wide selection of plants or plants that are tall, there are a variety of large plant house designs. Some larger designs provide enough space for storage of large garden equipment, such as wheelbarrows, soil bags and various other equipment. This is particularly ideal for those who do not have a garden shed and need extra space to store garden items.

For those who love gardening and need plenty of space to grow a selection of plants, there are plant houses that can be extended in length. This is ideal for those who require plenty of room to grow all their favorite plants as well as providing the freedom to transform the plant house into an extra area to relax.

For those who wish to create the perfect plant house, a bespoke design is the best choice. Choosing a bespoke plant house will give you the chance to create your ideal plant house based on your own designs and specifications. This is a great choice for those who need a design that suits their garden perfectly.

Plant houses look great when placed next to a selection of cold frames. Pairing these structures with a set of cold frames will not only make your garden look great but also give you plenty of space to grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and exotic plants and will make your garden look healthy and colorful.

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