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05 July 2024

Ask the expert: top gardening trends of 2024

With an emphasis on sustainability, biodiversity and changing climates influencing how more of us are choosing to landscape our gardens and outdoor spaces

With an emphasis on sustainability, biodiversity and changing climates influencing how more of us are choosing to landscape our gardens and outdoor spaces, we ask Bev Rodway, Design and Installation Manager at Benchmark to share her top tips and trends for creating an environmentally friendly haven for you and the nature around you to enjoy.

1. Pollinator gardens

Bees and butterflies are important pollinators and there are lots of flowers we can plant to ensure we support such an invaluable part of our eco system. Try adding milkweed, butterfly weed, coneflowers, salvia and even lavender to help our winged friends!

2. Climate-resilient gardens

As climate change leads to more extreme weather, gardens that can withstand these conditions are becoming more desirable and, in some cases, essential. Consider looking into drought-tolerant plants, creating rain gardens to manage water runoff, and adjusting your planting to changing seasons.

3. Eco-friendly gardens

If you already have a garden or outdoor space you’re proud of and not looking to start all over again, you can enhance your current offering to be more eco-conscious. Consider composting, rainwater harvesting or using organic gardening techniques that can quickly make a difference to the environment. No-dig gardens are also on the rise, which maintain soil health by avoiding tilling.

4. Native plants and biodiversity

Gardeners are increasingly using native plants to support local ecosystems and biodiversity. Native plants are well adapted to local conditions and provide essential resources for local wildlife. Go online to do your own research or head into your local garden centres for more information.

5. Vertical gardening or greening urban spaces

Maximising space by vertical gardening – such as living walls, trellises and vertical planters are becoming more common. Such techniques can offer a pop of colour or attract local wildlife, even in urban areas with limited space.

6. Edible gardens – grow your own

Blurring the lines between ornamental and practical gardening, edible landscaping incorporates fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetables, and herbs into garden designs. This trend supports the desire for homegrown food and adds aesthetic value. Start by growing something simple, like strawberries or tomatoes – easy to pot and maintain and great fun to cultivate with little ones!

7. Naturalistic planting

Inspired by the new perennial movement, naturalistic planting emphasises a more wild and carefree garden aesthetic. This trend involves using tall grasses, flowering perennials, and plants that support local wildlife, creating a more sustainable and visually appealing garden.

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