Top gardening trends for 2010

PUBLISHED: 12:44 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 February 2013

Top gardening trends for 2010

Top gardening trends for 2010

Explore the latest gardening trends for 2010, January tips

Gardening, Leigh Clapp offers tips, techniques and ideas for places to visit in January 2010 in and around Sussex...

Top gardening trends for 2010

What will be hot in your garden this year? Sussex gurus with their ears
close to the ground give us an insight into the trends that they predict.

We personalise our living spaces based on our tastes and style but economic, social and ecological conditions also impact on our decisions. With the recession has come a desire to create a cosy oasis, both to renew the spirit and to add value to our homes.
Home-orientated trends will continue, displaying an emphasis on comfort with thrift, underpinned by the hope of things recovering this year.

Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith, of acclaimed Acres Wild garden design at Nuthurst, Horsham, think that gardens will look bolder and be simpler to maintain in the future.
More use will be made of shrubs and groundcover planting, as well as massed grasses, says Debbie.
Ornamental grasses and perennials will continue to be popular, but less fashionably so. Gardens may be seen as a setting for the home rather than as a place to grow plants. But equally there will always be people who want to grow plants and so the trend for vegetable growing will continue.

At Courtlands Nurseries, near Sharpthorne, East Grinstead, Lindsay Shurvell offers some further ideas from her vast knowledge and experience.
She also feels growing your own will still be very popular, either in dedicated plots or mixed with flowers in garden beds or containers.
Many find it more economical to buy just the plants they need, at quite a mature stage ready to go in the ground, rather than seeds, she says.
Value for money will be a strong trend, both with hard landscaping and plants. Plants that pay the rent, are easy-care, flower over a long time and with a long season of interest will continue to be popular, such as echinops, rudbeckia or sedum, she adds. People like the reliable, old-fashioned varieties as well. Bedding-out plants are not being used so much, but baskets and hanging baskets are still wanted despite
the recession.
Other trends I predict are the continuing interest in sustainable gardening, water harvesting, architectural plants for their reliable impact, native plants and traditional colour palettes with bright highlights.

Click below to visit Acres Wild and Courtlands Nurseries websites'

Acres Wild, Nuthurst, Horsham

Courtlands Nurseries, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead

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