Potpourri Magazine

Garden trends - yellow is having a come-back

People are often wary and even snobbish about yellow flowers.  Yet from primroses and daffodils heralding spring to heleniums radiating autumn sun, it’s one of the most joyful colours to use in your planting.

And yellow appears to be rising...

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Garden trends - pleached trees

Trees trained into architectural shapes such as pleached trees have been used in large formal gardens since the 17th Century.  In recent years they’ve become increasingly popular with contemporary designers in smaller urban gardens as well as bigger country gardens.

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Garden trends - natural swimming ponds

With our summers getting hotter, a dip in your own beautiful and chemical free-swimming pond is becoming an increasingly popular idea.

Unlike bright blue, artificial looking rectangular shaped traditional swimming pools, natural swimming pools blend more harmoniously into the landscape. ...

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Garden trends - bright colours

We all need uplifting colour in our lives at the moment in particular, and people are increasingly drawn to planting with bold, vibrant hues to create spaces that are uplifting and full of joy, life and fun.

Rich rusty oranges...

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Garden trends - naturalistic garden design

There’s an increasing movement in garden design towards gardens that take their cue from nature.  If you’re ready to embrace your wild side, here are a few pointers.

Don’t over garden, spend time enjoying some imperfection.  This doesn’t mean letting everything...

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Garden trends - hot tubs

Gardens are working harder than ever, being designed with zones for different activities including exercise, relaxation and entertainment.  A growing trend is to take the well-being element a step further by adding a home spa featuring an indulgent hot tub.

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Garden trends - festive container planting

Container planting is a growing trend with the sale of outdoor plant pots going up by 225% last year, according to the RHS.  Planters can create an instant garden in small spaces and smarten up patios and front...

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Garden trends - fashionable black features

From seating and planters to fences and walls, black looks stylish in the garden.  It’s also versatile, working in both contemporary and traditional settings.  Here are three ways to use it:

As a backdrop: As a wall or...

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Garden trends - greenhouse for living

Having a greenhouse in the garden for growing tomatoes, sowing seeds and extending your growing season is ever-popular.  But as well as this, people are increasingly using greenhouses for other ‘lifestyle’ activities such as dining and relaxing.   

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Garden trends - gravel gardens

Low maintenance and drought-tolerant, gravel gardens are becoming increasingly popular. They’re perfectly suited to our hot dry summers and have a relaxed airy feel, with plants growing up through gravel with space to breath.

For inspiration, Derek Jarman’s...

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Garden trends - living roofs

From wild flowers to sedum growing above extensions and sheds, people are increasingly realising the benefits a green roof can bring.  Not only are they attractive, they also help keep buildings warm in winter and cool in summer, and attract...

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Garden trends - new colours for rendered walls

White is out, in comes something warmer.

Rendered garden walls painted a crisp white is a classic look.  However, the mood in garden design is turning towards something softer with more subtle hues that blend with the natural setting.  

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Gardening trends - sedum bowls

Low maintenance, evergreen and drought tolerant, sedums are perfect for containers.  So, it’s no surprise that large ceramic bowls and stone troughs with a collection of low-growing hardy sedum are ever-popular, whether for a small balcony or a large patio. ...

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Garden trends - the new exotics

The tropical garden trend continues to be popular with people seeking a ‘holiday’ feeling in their own garden.  Gardens created using lush, leafy exotics work particularly well in urban situations, creating jungly, private spaces, and best suit secluded areas of...

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Garden trends- Hedges, a designer's favourite

As well as covering boundaries, hedges define the structure of a garden, anchoring the design, creating stability and acting as a crisp foil to more ephemeral planting.  Designers are finding new plants and styles for hedge planting to maximise the...

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Garden trends - romantic gardens

Dreamy romantic gardens seem to be having a revival in the world of garden design.  Their untamed wildness ties in with the trend for naturalism and there’s something comforting about the old fashioned picturesque beauty they exude.

In the Romantic...

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Garden trends - brilliant bricks

Designers are increasingly turning to bricks and clay pavers, to add warmth, character, texture and pattern to hard landscaping.  Reclaimed-style bricks have a rustic charm that work well in a traditional garden, while clay pavers can look at home in...

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Garden trends - multi-stem trees

Planting more trees is invaluable for the environment and helps complete a garden by adding height, shade and an extra layer of beauty and year round interest.  Multi-stem trees in particular are increasingly in demand with designers.  Created by cutting...

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Garden trends - outdoor rooms

With more of us spending time at home, garden rooms are increasingly in demand as another place to work or exercise in, or simply to escape to.  But there’s lots to consider from the style of your structure to its...

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Garden trends - low maintenance gardens

Low maintenance gardens are ever popular in our busy world.  A design that includes good structure with plants and materials that don’t need much upkeep will avoid the garden looking unkempt over the winter.

When choosing patio materials, stone that...

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Garden trends - cosying up in the middle of winter

As the temperatures drop, instead of packing up the garden for the winter months, why not embrace the Scandi ‘hygge’ way of life?  This advocates wrapping up and enjoying the crisp outdoors, whatever the weather.  Socialising outside can be fun...

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