We talk to Bunnings Buyer Alex Newman about the new exciting trends in gardening.
With plants beginning to bloom in a kaleidoscopic array of colours, the suns rays beaming down on us and green foliage thriving everywhere, it’s the surest sign that Spring is well and truly upon us. With the cold, dark months of Winter over, this is one of the most exciting times of the year for gardeners and one that many look forward to. With the opportunistic time of Spring comes many new emerging trends; here we chat to Bunnings National Greenlife Buyer, Alex Newman, about what’s gaining traction in the latter half of 2018.
“Spring is a wonderful time for flowering and edible plants. It is a colourful time of year in the garden with lots of wonderful perennials and annuals coming into bloom. The increased warmth and sunlight before we get into the heat of summer is perfect for growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in particular,” Alex says of Spring time.
Alex says that in the second half of 2018 he’s seen both house plants and jungle-scapes becoming extremely popular. “There has been a resurgence in decorating and softening interior living space with leafy green foliage and succulents,” he shares exclusively with Blooms Magazine. “Creating interior ‘junglescapes’ [has become popular too): great looks can be achieved with grouping plants with interesting foliage shapes and colours together in complimentary pots of varied sizes.”
While spring is a time when almost all plants thrive. Alex recommends a particular few, in the form of edible produce, “strawberries and tomatoes are perfect to plant now, even firsttime gardeners and children can have a great result with planting these in pots. Growing herbs, mixed lettuce leaves and edible flowers to make your own fresh picked salads is another great way to enjoy harvesting your own home grown produce. Crunchy home-grown peas, beans and baby carrots are delicious treats to enjoy straight from the garden.”
The growth in population is seeing more and more high-rise apartments and unfortunately less garden space, a trend that Alex has noticed in the Greenlife section and attributes this to the rise in vertical gardens and nano-gardening.
“With the average garden size becoming smaller, people are looking for creative ways to still enjoy gardening with little outdoor space available,” he tells Blooms. “You don’t need a lot of room to make a big statement, planting in containers, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets is a terrific way to get involved, even if all you have is a balcony or window sill.”
If the trendy look of vertical gardens has caught your eye, then Bunnings has just the products you need to recreate your own. “Trailing succulents can create a great looking low-maintenance and low water use vertical garden. House plants, tropical plants and shade plants also work well for low light conditions. If you have a suitable sunny space, herbs, strawberries, cucumbers, peas, beans and lettuce can be used to make an edible vertical garden,” Alex recommends.
The turn of the season paired with innovative new and upcoming garden trends makes for an exciting time for home gardeners. If you’re feeling inspired and considering a home garden makeover then there’s no better time then right now! Capitalise on the beautiful, sunny weather and get your garden off to a flourishing start before the dry Australian summer heat kicks in.