It may come as a surprise to many that more than two-thirds of British adults visit a garden centre annually. The Garden Retail Market Analysis Report published in 2014 estimates £5 billion as the value of the UK garden market although this amount excludes the landscaping and amenity sectors. The same report estimates that UK consumers spent £1.5 billion on garden plants in 2013 alone.
The British obviously loves gardening, hence its rapid and consistent growth. What is tickling the desires of the horticultural-loving British populace in 2018? Landscape gardeners in Essex share the three trends this year:
Not an English word, wabi-sabi is a Japanese art that encourages the incorporation of nature’s cycle of growth, death, decay and regrowth into gardening and landscaping. This trend is already popping up all over the landscape terrain in the UK, attracting admiring glances. For those who are yet to recognise it, just recall landscape sceneries with overgrown perennials, stones encased in moss, weather-textured garden pots and rusty metal gates. Rustic yet captivating; that is the wabi-sabi look.
This outdoor Mediterranean kitchen and dining concept is catching on relentlessly in the industry. As people are increasingly squeezed for space indoors, they are finding expression in the outdoor space. Kitchen and dining outdoors have become very attractive with a dedicated area, made comfortable and touched with a barbecue or pizza oven.
The Far East emerges again in Western horticultural practice with this concept of emphasising well-being through the usage of mind-stimulating elements. Thus, flowers with calming accents such as blues, lavender-scents and running water will increasingly feature in the bid to create the right ambience for relaxation.
The future of garden landscaping is looking good as the Royal Horticultural Society looks to inject about £100 million over the course of the next 10 years in creating a solid foundation for the incoming generation of horticulturists. Britain is surely looking more beautiful already.