Much like fashion and interior design, gardening also has seasonal trends, so I have put together a guide to the hot horticultural trends for spring/summer 2013.
When you see a flower, your natural instinct is to smell it. However, don’t be fooled, not all flowers have pleasant smells.
Sales of flowers with a beautiful fragrance have rocketed and are not a ‘nice-to-have’ but a ‘must-have’ for spring 2013.
Fragrant flowers include Frangipani, Wisteria, Jasmine and Sweet Pea.
One of easiest ways to create that early spring look is by planting bulbs. They are also a big trend this year, so why not get down to garden centre and pick up some Narcissus, Tulipa or Crocus Vernus.
No longer is a standard mixed bouquet enough, there is an ever growing trend of including vegetables in your bouquet. It may sound odd, but it can look great – try anything from radishes to kale, carrots to aubergines – as long as you’re happy to relinquish it for dinner, of course.
Vintage is most definitely in vogue in terms of fashion and interior design, however vintage-inspired flowers are also a big trend for spring 2013. Flowers like Hydrangeas, lavender, celosia and Russian sage provide us with the comfort of nostalgia and remind us of grandma’s garden or that summer walk home from school.
Home for wildlife
More people are embracing the wildlife in their gardens and organising their design and floral arrangements around this.
Personal herb garden
Moving slightly away from the garden and on to the kitchen windowsill, another trend that is big this year is cooking with herbs that were grown freshly in your garden. Purchase some quirky windowsill garden planters that act as kitchen accessories and allow them to get enough sun.
Hanging baskets have been a garden favourite for many years, but this year they are bigger and better. Whether you decide to stick to one flower or mix it up, they are a relatively simple yet gorgeous way of making your garden look fab!
Create the look of a cosy hub in your outdoor paradise with the use of stylish garden furniture. Rattan, Textilene and aluminium are all popular and practical materials for garden furniture.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest outdoor trends for 2013 doesn’t actually involve your garden. The rise of growing vegetables means that more and more people are renting space in allotments. This can also be a great way to learn, as your time at the allotment will allow you to interact with keen gardeners and growers.
About the Author
Becky wanted to spruce up her garden to fit in with the trends of spring 2013, so she decided to buy some rattan garden furniture from Oakita.co.uk.