All plants and flowers may be beautiful, but just like clothes, food and interiors, fashions come and go when it comes to gardening.
Here we take a look at some of the top trends for 2019….
As the Britain in Bloom groups, businesses and councils Amberol supplies across the country know, planting in containers is an effective and spectacular way to bring colour to our streets, gardens and public spaces all year round.
As planters gain in popularity both among home gardeners and those responsible for communal spaces, the choice available has grown rapidly. At Amberol our extensive range of self-watering planters includes tiered planters, large floor standing planters, heritage planters, up-the-pole baskets and hanging baskets. Not only do our planters come in a variety of sizes and colours, they all feature our unique Aquafeedô system that keeps water levels at the optimum level, reducing the need for watering and keeping plants healthier and stronger for longer.
While there is no guarantee that we will see a repeat of 2018’s heatwave next summer, the challenges experienced by many gardeners during this year’s long hot summer will mean that gardeners will be looking at ways to save labour and reduce water consumption in the coming year through methods such as the Aquafeedô system.
Begonias, dahlias and geraniums have always been stalwarts of the British summer but they did fall out of fashion over the past decade or so. However, it looks like these colourful and versatile flowers are making a comeback in the gardening world.
The striking leaves and vibrant yellow, orange, pink or red petals of begonias are an ideal plant to grow in pots or hanging baskets as they thrive in partial shade. Pom-pom-like dahlias are also an easy-to-grow option for stunning displays in containers and hanging baskets for the summer months. Geraniums are another low-maintenance option that thrive both indoors and out during the British summertime.
Traditionally, gardeners have taken inspiration from their peers, TV programmes, books and their imaginations. However just as the worlds of food, fashion and interiors have been taken over by Instagram influencers, gardening is heading in a similar direction.
Spearheaded by millennials keen to show off their jungle-like arrangements of house plants, the hashtag #plantsofinstagram has 2.1 million posts and #plants has 21.3 million posts.
The visual nature of Instagram lends itself beautifully to the world of plants and indeed searching for #britaininbloom on Instagram is an instant way to see over 4, 500 inspiring images from Britain in Bloom groups across the country.
Some plants can give as much joy from their scent as their appearance, and there is growing interest among gardeners to grow plants that will create a multisensory experience. In a domestic garden setting, a patio is the ideal place to create a scented sanctuary to relax in on a summer’s evening, but plants like roses, honeysuckle, jasmine and lavender can be used to stunning effect for both the eyes and nose in public spaces too. Again, these plants are all suitable for growing in containers.
If you would like to find out more about Amberol’s versatile range of self-watering planters, suitable for nearly all public spaces, please all us on 01773 830930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Have you visited the Amberol website recently? If not, now would be a good time to take a fresh look as we are delighted to announce some changes. In fact, the whole website has had a bit of an exciting makeover to mark the start of a new decade.
With the Great British Spring Clean 2020 officially launched in January, momentum for the annual initiative is starting to build. This year’s event runs from 20th March to 13th April and the aim is to make the 2020 campaign even bigger and better. In 2019, over half a million volunteers were involved in everything from litter picks to individual litter pledges. This year the campaign’s target is to involve at least 600,000 people.
One of the many advantages of using containers for planting rather than traditional flower beds is the versatility that containers can offer. Planters can be relocated with relative ease to enhance a specific space or fit in with a particular theme, offering great potential for the imaginative Britain in Bloomer, horticulturalist or gardener.