As the sun comes out this summer, make sure your garden is looking bang on trend.
Gardening experts at The House & Garden Festival, one of the biggest design events of the year that returns to Olympia London from June 19 – 23, share their green-fingered advice on what they anticipate to be popular this summer – and how to achieve it!
1. Born to be wild
Philip Mould OBE, president of Plantlife believes there is a powerful shift where people will favour wildflowers in summer 2019: “There is nothing more delightful in the garden than things that are there because they want to be, rather than by horticultural imposition. Areas of the lawn can be left untouched to express themselves. Wildflowers that do an occasional land-grab like cranesbill, scarlet pimpernel or red campion can be treated as love tokens from the wild. “
2. A more relaxed feel
Julianne Fernandez says: “I see the ‘outdoor room’ becoming more of an ‘urban oasis’. Strong design and landscaping to optimise the use of a smaller space will still be important, but rather than the incredibly groomed and formal look that has been fashionable, I anticipate a more relaxed and natural look and feel. Less clipped box and white paving, more of an urban jungle.”
Garden Designer, Andrew Duff from Inchbald Design agrees: “Ultimately, I anticipate a more relaxed approach to maintenance where people are allowing their plants to grow and find their own shape. You should be able to take a nap under the tree without feeling guilty!”
3. Experimentation with Perennial
Alasdair Cameron says: “I anticipate people to experiment with perennial, so using parsnips and letting them grow and grow and flower. Homeowners aren’t afraid to work with nature and experiment on a large scale that harmonises with the landscape.”
4. Back to black
It’s back to black according to Garden Designer, Andrew Duff from Inchbald Design: “I believe that black is the colour for summer 2019. Just as interiors are moving away from Scandinavian paleness, so is the garden. If it can be painted it should be painted black. The depth this colour gives is magical for garden designers; paint a fence black and it disappears, a shed becomes less of an eyesore and that old bench suddenly becomes a chic focal point.
“However, the right black is important - try and avoid wood stains, these will show too much of the wood colour. You want a dark matt coating rather like that used in the Parisian gardens of the 18th century. The brilliant thing about this underused shade is that it proves a brilliant backdrop to a verdant garden of lush foliage and jewel coloured flowers.”
5. Green is King
Julianne Fernandez says: “In terms of planting, I anticipate a ‘greening’, using contrasting textures and shades of foliage, a minimal colour palette, and large leaved and exotic plants and multi-stemmed trees to create that sense of immersion in a green oasis.”
Julianne Fernandez says: “I think we will see greater use of naturalistic and sustainable planting, with softer and more relaxed design using natural materials. For example, the M&G ‘best in show’ garden at Chelsea featured huge burnt timber sculptures representing natural rock formations. Elsewhere we have seen walls of stacked logs or reclaimed materials designed to be used by bees, insects and other small animals.
“For larger gardens, there will be an increasing focus on creating areas that are both nature friendly and lower maintenance, ‘rewilding’ parts of the garden to blur the boundaries between the garden and the wilder natural landscapes beyond.”