Your garden trends for 2019 from the GLEE garden show

What will your garden look like next
year? I’ve just been to Glee, the horticultural trade show, where companies
exhibit next year’s garden trends and products to find out what we’ll be doing
in our gardens next year. It’s Alexandra from the Middlesized
Garden youtube channel and blog bringing you tips, ideas and inspiration for your
garden. The message from this year’s Glee is all about the urban garden – from
balcony and window sill to tiny new build gardens, there are lots more
options for growing your own no matter how small your space – lots of hanging
plants and walls with plants on and a real desire to grow things in anything
and on anything. Gardening trends used to be driven by
the big professionally run country gardens and that was what we as amateur
gardeners aspired to. One of my brother-in-law’s favorite gardening
books from the 1950s has the advice: ‘no matter how small your estate, it really
is important to have at least three acres of woodland’. Gardening today is
more likely to be about three feet of space rather than three acre. Even last
year in 2017 there was more of a country feel to the gardening industry. Glee
creative director Romeo Sommers says ‘Last year’s Glee Retail Lab had a
countryside theme. This year it’s about creating green spaces in towns and
cities, it’s about the environment well-being and easy gardening. So what
does this actually mean for our gardens – well grow-your-own continues to expand
and it’s not just about veg and fruit any longer. Romeo Somers talked about
people actually creating their own teas – proper teas, not just herbs for infusion,
foraged cocktails using herbs for your gin and tonic, dyes made from the plants you
grow or buy, and I think we’re probably also heading towards using plants
medicinally again. I remember my mother always kept an aloe vera plant in the
kitchen to treat burns. I also saw roses aimed at the home
florist and beauty products based on plants. And veg gardens have come to
the fore – veg beds are beautiful now, they’re part of the whole design. They
will no longer be hidden away at the bottom of the garden, probably because
the bottom of most of our gardens has now been sold for developmen. The
average British garden 20-17 was 15 meters long or around 50
feet but that is only going to get smaller as most new builds aren’t being
given gardens that size. So growing fruit and veg on your patio or balcony is a
big new direction. One product I saw everywhere at Glee was the planting table
or growing pod, often with a cloche cover and I liked both the Vegpod and the
Veg Trug aimed at growing veg, even on a balcony or in a tiny terrace. We’re
going to continue to get more environmentally aware. One of the
award-winning products at Glee was Haxnicks’ bamboo recyclable nursery pots and
I think this is something everyone will welcome. In the new product area I
counted nine compost or soil related products, five of which were peat free
which is really important. The RHS, which endorses the Melcourt range says that
there’s simply no excuse for us using peat based products in our gardens.
There’s also been a lot of concern over glyphosate in weed killers and I spotted
at least two glyphosate free-weed killers one from Neudorff and the other endorsed
by the RHS, along with more environmentally aware gardening. We’ll
continue to try to add more pollinator and bee friendly plants to our gardens. At
Wyevale they’ve identified wildlife friendly and pollinator friendly cottage
garden type plants as being the hottest trend last year and coming up over this
year, and so they’ve developed smaller plants for smaller gardens such as this
half sized agapanthus called Fireworks Back to pots again – we are seeing lots
more options in decorative pots. Of course, if you’re renting you can take
your pot garden with you, so now pots are to gardening what accessories like
handbags and scarves are to fashion. You can get hanging pots, contemporary pots,
traditional pots, traditional with a twist pots, designer
pots, pots as room dividers, colored pots taupe pots, pots that look like terracotta
and anything else you might like. Color is getting much more specific inside and
out. Fashion filters through – for example ideas that come from the fashion catwalk
often filter into the home and then out into the garden, and this cycle gets a
little bit faster every year. Now we think of the garden as an outside room and a home as an inside garden, so people are starting to think about
having the same color schemes in both. I did see more colored garden furniture
especially in pastels or bright pastels and often with a vintage feel, such as
these pink chairs from Premier’s Outdoor Living range.
Romeo Sommers also predicts that we will be choosing and growing flowers to go with
our interior color schemes. Tech’s a big new growth area in gardens – most
specifically electronically controlled irrigation systems. International
executives or people who travel can go away on business regularly knowing that
their gardens will be fed a very precise amount of water at a very precise time,
which is also a very good use of water and there’s growing sophistication in
outdoor kitchens, great big barbecues, that can do more than just barbecue
solar garden lighting, which once again is good if you rent, because you don’t
have to drill through walls or hire an electrician.
There are lots and lots of different outdoor cushions, botanical prints and of
course inside we will continue with house plant mania. So what do you fancy
out of all this? Let me know in the comments below or on social media and do
hit’ like’ if you’d like to see more about garden trends. I’ll be keeping you up to
date here on the Middlesized Garden so if you haven’t subscribed, we upload on
Saturdays with tips, ideas and inspiration for gardens which aren’t
very big.

12 thoughts on “Your garden trends for 2019 from the GLEE garden show

  1. Great video! Many thanks, Alexandra. It seems that pots will be a big trend, however I heard one of the BBC gardening professionals say on a recent radio broadcast show (I listen to many podcasts) that it is much harder to care for a plant in hot weather in a pot as the roots cannot look around for water or nutrition as they can in a garden bed. This huge disadvantage of pots is rarely mentioned in gardening discussions. When I heard the gardener comment I immediately thought of how much work it is watering the pots on my patio in spring/summer/autumn compared with those in the garden beds, which somehow manage to scavenge for water/food when needed. I know the people at Glee mention irrigation systems but I have yet to see a nice-looking, convenient, reliable irrigation system designed for pots. I see many apartments with balconies here in Melbourne and yet very few have serious container gardens.

    A trend mentioned at GLEE that I am interested in is VegTrugs (I have one) but these are a different world to pots and require practice. Mine always dries out, even though mulched and watered daily. I have a lot to learn. The baby turnips I planted in it a few weeks ago produced a few glorious leaves (given to our spoiled budgerigars who loved them!) and tiny, pea-sized turnips, before bolting. Oh dear. Out they went. At garden centres they fill those trugs with so many densely packed plants at a time, that I can't see how that can work. I tried transplanting a tomato in there a month or so ago as part of overwintering trials and it looked shocked and stopped growing so I took it out again and put it back in a pot. By the way, I have a successfully overwintered tomato plant that you can see on my channel, with three green tomatoes. I will see if they ripen. Again Alexandra, I loved this video! Great job! 🙂

  2. it is a shame that the show was so empty, no big crowds at all 🙁 it shows that people do not really care about plants and don`t really want to learn 🙁

  3. Продолжайте в том же духе! Мне очень понравилось! Кто из России ставь лайк

  4. Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate your insights on upcoming gardening trends. I love the small urban gardening trend, and hope it becomes the norm.

  5. Thanks so much for posting this fun show. Patio gardens are in. Hooray! Nothing like being trendy and unaware of it! 😅Necessity is the mother of garden (fashion). Today someone gave us two ornamental peach 🍑 trees saplings for growing in pots. So excited! The variety is “Bonfire” the leaves remain red all year. Have a great day!

  6. At 0:30 I spotted at senecio angel wings. I planted one last year in the garden and it was adorable, extremely eye-catching. It wintered well but come spring it was full of different kind of aphids and in the end it dried up and died. I still don't know if I gave it too much or too little water

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