Interesting trends in landscape gardening

Whether you're a real estate investor looking to harness the power of landscape gardening in order to boost the value of your property, or you're just passionate about making things grow; here're some landscape gardening trends you'll be seeing a lot more of this year, some of which may end up revolutionising garden design as we know it.

Wildlife gardening

This gardening style seeks to cultivate an environment that will attract various forms of garden-dwelling species. According to Andy McIndoe, Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres, it's a gardening style that is set to take off in 2014, as the issue of sustainability becomes increasingly prominent.

As well as producing vibrant and attractive front yards, it provides you with an opportunity to contribute to wildlife preservation. According to Natural England, species that are declining in the English countryside - such as the common frog, song thrush and hedgehog - can seek sanctuary in gardens designed to emulate their natural habitat.

Methods that promote wildlife gardening include:

  • Planting more nectar and pollen: The decline of honey bee populations throughout Europe is a major cause for concern. Bees play a critical role in the ecosystem after all, pollinating the crops which in turn prop up the rest of the food chain. You can do your part for the preservation of honey bee populations by ensuring a bountiful supply of nectar and pollen in your garden throughout the year.
  • Planting more seed-producing plants: This is a good way to encourage wild bird species to make their home in your garden
  • Planting more native flowers: According to McIndoe, flowers native to the UK are more likely to attract the insect species that your garden's ecosystem depends on.

Remembering the Great War

This year (2014) marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and the commemoration of such an important historic event will doubtless influence gardening styles throughout the UK. The red poppy, or 'Flanders Field' poppy – inextricably linked to World War I thanks to John McCrae's poem and its famous opening line “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow” - will be a common sight in British gardens, as people seek to show their respect for servicemen who gave their lives on the battlefields of Europe.

New materials

According to Gary Cobb, of Acer Paving and Landscaping in Wiltshire, “Landscape/garden design industry 'trends' are more about the new products available each year rather than being design led." This year will be no different, with the increasing availability of UK-sourced natural stone likely to have significant influence on gardening trends. Incorporating materials that are more readily available into your garden design will naturally make for a more affordable and user-friendly DIY experience.

Bring us a Shrubbery!

Try your best to resist the urge to quote Monty Python, but according to McIndoe, shrubs are set to make a comeback after gradually gaining popularity over the past few years. When used as a border they make for a lush and organic garden design, as opposed to the intrusiveness of the plain garden fence.

The power of first impressions

Just like any other part of your home, the condition of your garden will affect the value of your property. What makes the garden unique though, is its ability to deliver a powerful first impression. In most cases, (other than pictures online) it will be the first thing potential buyers see. So keep these helpful gardening tips in mind, and be sure to contact us at Tepilo for other ideas on how you can get the most out of your real-estate investment.

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