With home ownership changing dramatically, space is at a premium and gardens of new builds are smaller than they have ever been. The kitchen garden has turned mini, with herbs, and beautiful edible flowers on the windowsill. Forest Garden head of marketing Nicola Simpson says: “We are noticing a huge rise in interest in making maximum use of space in smaller gardens. There is a lot of demand for small, compact storage units as opposed to traditional sheds, because consumers are keen to declutter their garden and make the best use out of it. “Creative, space-saving trends, such as ‘vertical

gardening’, with innovative products, such as plant ladder displays and mini greenhouses, are becoming increasingly popular.

“There is definitely a trend in micro gardening, too, which I think is a reflection of changes in house buying, renting, flats and decreasing garden sizes. We’re also noticing a rise in interest by the younger generation and millennials, and gardening is now viewed as something which can be incorporated both inside and outside the home.” Wyevale reports that 66% of people grow plants in the kitchen and many more are utilising every surface as they squeeze in their favourite edible plants. Wyevale Garden Centres’ vegetable and herb

buyer, Lilidh Matthews says: “Herbs do so many things in a small space – they are edible and look good in the kitchen, while in the garden they help attract pollinators. Sales are climbing because the new breed of gardener wants all of this.”

Global Gardening

Wyevale says classic English perennial borders and lush green make way for Mediterranean alternatives. Our changing climate is the foremost challenge facing gardeners, and may see the classic English perennial border – a mainstay of country houses and cottage gardens for centuries – under threat. Such plants have thrived in our gentle, moist and temperate climate, and dislike more extreme conditions and prolonged periods of drought and heat. These plants will struggle if subjected to periods of drought and

flood, and may be replaced by Mediterranean sub shrubs such as rosemary and lavender, which are more adapted to drought conditions, as well as the exotics. Wyevale Garden Centre’s buying manager horticulture, David Mitchell says: ”In some ways, changes in climate conditions opens up new possibilities – gardeners in Glasgow may one day be able to grow agapanthus, phoenix palms and yuccas – but it also brings with it challenges, with new pests and diseases brought by the warmer weather.”

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