Gardening Trends 2023
Happy New Year! Another year has passed and we find ourselves setting resolutions, planning for a new ‘me’ and looking ahead with optimism. Okay, we appreciate this may not last long, but it’s a good place to start ay?
The RHS have predicted our top gardening trends for 2023 including green landscaping and Mediterranean garden designs. Unsurprisingly, climate change makes an impact for 2023 to, both in how we garden and what products we buy to make it bloom. This includes Xeriscaping, which is specifically about gardens that are designed to minimise future watering. We’re sure you’ll keep hearing this term and we can only guess that it may be the new buzz word for the year!
With the Summer of 2022 hitting new temperature records, it was impossible to keep our lawns green. Longer lawns, wildflower meadows and embracing weeds are all things we will start to see more of this year but also something we can do to help keep our lawns greener for longer but importantly reduce its need for water.
Regenerative Gardening, in 2024 Garden Centres will be banned from selling peat-based compost and all customers will have to change to peat-free alternatives. Here at Polhill, 90% of our compost is now peat-free, and don’t worry, you still find your favourite brands including John Innes and Westland with their peat-free mixes. Ahead of the change, gardeners will be looking at eco-friendly swaps, including composts made from wood.
You may also see new innovative products on the shelves that will give the peat-free compost the boost it needs. Peat gives the compost a better structure, meaning that it holds its water and has the added nutrients that boosts plant growth, however, when you remove it, you will need to water the plant more and add the nutrients through fertiliser. We will be sure to give you the run down so that whatever compost you use, you have the products to help it keep blooming all year round.
The RHS also have alluded to gardeners opting for a more Mediterranean style in their gardens, with stone and terracotta being top favourites for materials. I’m sure we would all like to look out to our gardens and be transported to a Greek island, however, this change is all related to the climate once again. Opting for plants that can withstand the changeable weather of hot summers and heavy rain in the Winter, not necessarily a bad thing. It would definitely help make our gardens look a little less sad in the colder months!
Finally, houseplants continue to thrive year after year, especially since the pandemic. Adding plants to our indoor spaces has never been so popular and now with the warmer weather, our house plants will only improve with less of us turning on our heating (they don’t like dry warm air at all!) From the 9th January we will be celebrating National Houseplant Week at Polhill, where those who are signed up to our Polhill Plus app can save 15% off all plants. Not a Polhill Plus member yet? Don’t worry, it’s free to download on Apple and Android app stores and you will be pleased to know there is a whole host of offers coming every month!
So, are you going to take up on any of these trends this year? Whatever you do, we hope you are excited as us to get back into the garden, see these Spring flowers appear and enjoy all the benefits of the great outdoors. Happy gardening!
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