Garden and gardening trends for 2018
January is an exciting time - some of the first bulbs are starting to push through the hard earth and there's an optimism in the air. It's also the time to look forward to what the Great British gardeners will be focusing on this year.
Here are our thoughts from BBC Gardeners' World Live HQ, on the gardening trends for 2018...
TOP TREND FOR 2018: This year, we'll be leaving no stone unturned and will be taking every opportunity to reclaim lost or unused areas, making every space in our gardens amazing!
If there's a long ignored, tricky spot in your garden, 2018 is the year to tackle it as this is the year that we're going to be making the most of every inch. But you're not on your own in this, don't worry! Make a beeline for the Problem Solved! feature sponsored by GreenThumb at BBC Gardeners' World Live (14-17 June 2018), hosted by David Hurrion, for top tips to help you find solutions to your gardening conundrums.
In 2018 we see an ongoing trend for making use of well designed space saving storage solutions and sheds in the garden, so your kit will no longer take up increasingly valuable space. With really tip-top options now available in great colours, with savvy design and security features, you can ensure that everything has it's place. Best bit is, more space for new plants!
2018 is the year to overhaul your collection of tools and equipment. Careful curation will mean that you can save space and ensure you get the most out of what you've got. It's not just 'out with the old' it should also be 'in with the new'! Look out for quality equipment that serve multiple functions and power tools that'll do more than one job - they're the ultimate space savers.
With the Pantone Colour of the Year being announced as Ultra Violet, you know 2018 is the year to be adding strong splashes of colour to your garden, even fluorescents! Fitting this trend like a glove, you'll find a rainbow of colour in our Floral Marquee this year with an incredible Dahlia feature by Jon Wheatley and an impressive 1,200 plant display of the hardy Gerbera Garvinea Surprise Series by Florest.
Al-fresco entertaining is going to become increasingly all-weather in 2018! With many more practical products coming on the market including shade sails and awnings, as well as canny designs to create covered areas, we'll be enjoying our outdoor space this summertime, come rain or shine, in great British style!
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