Top Gardening Trends of 2019

It’s the start of another new year and the perfect time to start thinking about your future garden plans. The top gardening trends of this year are fresh and invigorating and there’s plenty of inspiring ideas on what you can do with your outdoor space. From gardening by moonlight to creating your very own grown-up playground, the hottest gardening trends of 2019 have definitely grabbed our attention.

A Playground for Grown-ups

We can’t let kids have all the fun. One of the most inspiring trends of 2019 has got to be the adult treehouse or playground trend. Don’t worry if you have a fear of heights, this trend is more grounded than you might expect and is more about creating your very own hideaway or garden sanctuary.

Convert a shed, invest in a cabin, build an outdoor kitchen or accessorise that perfect little nook you’ve been meaning to do something with and create your go-to space. For an outdoor kitchen why not grow herbs, install bar seating or a pizza oven? Or create the perfect ambience with a fire pit, chimenea or water feature. Whatever you choose to do, investing in comfy seating is a must so you can sit back, relax and enjoy and don’t forget to include outdoor lighting so your playground can be enjoyed after dark. So why not start planning your perfect grown-up playground now and visit us in store for plenty of inspiration.

Create a Moon Garden

When the sun goes down it’s time to visit your night garden. This illuminating trend is not a new concept but an ancient practice which centres around gardening to the moon cycle. Reconnect with nature and create your very own moon garden, filled with beautiful light reflecting plants like white echinacea, convolvulus cneorum, lambs ear and white muscari and enjoy the fragrant scents from night blooming flowers like night scented Phlox. If this is something you are interested in, make sure you speak to our horti experts on what to look out for as the year progresses.


Similar to the 2018 trend of Wabi-Sabi, it looks like 2019 is set to follow suit with the asymmetrical trend which is all about natural structure, embracing imperfections in nature and making lines less precise and controlled. Think about the positioning of shrubs and trees to create a more natural look, planting in a loose manner which still provides eye catching focus to your garden.

Getting Fruity

Short on garden space? This year, it’s all about growing food is small spaces. What about growing strawberries, blueberries or raspberries in hanging baskets or pots on balconies and porches? Patio fruits are set to be big this year and it doesn’t stop at berries. Why not grow apples, pears and cherries in buckets and pots? You will be surprised how much you can do with a small space. Come  and speak to our outdoor team about what you would like to grow this year.

Get it Light

It’s amazing what a little lighting can do. Set the tone in your garden and create a year-round glow with smart solar lighting –  and the key to great lighting is all about the lumens. One of the major trends this year is uplighting – with particular accent on trees. Place lights under the trunk of a tree to highlight its branches and create a beautiful illuminated canopy over your favourite seating area. Definitely something to try this year. If you are planning on adding some outdoor lighting to your garden, you will find plenty of choice in our solar light department where the team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Colour of the Year

The colour of the year has been announced and ‘Living Coral’ – will be the shade to dominate the design industry this year. Somewhere between a pink and golden orange and inspired by the colours found in the Coral Reef, Living Coral has been described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

If you are planning to infuse these colours into your own garden, keep an eye out for Dahlias, tulips, lilies and begonias or if you like making a bold statement, why not give your garden furniture a face lift with a fresh lick of coral paint.

Which gardening trend will you be pursuing this year?

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