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Gardening trends for 2019

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Garden designer Claudia de Yong shares her style predictions

Nothing gets the autumn and winter blues out of the way faster than planning what to do for next year.

However, the horticultural industry is way ahead, with companies already growing the plants and manufacturing the products you’ll be buying next season.

So, what’s going to be hot in the garden next year? The Posh Shed Company has teamed up with award-winning garden designer Claudia de Yong to give their predictions.

Richard Frost, managing director of The Posh Shed Company, said: “We’re predicting brighter colours making a comeback. In recent times, there has been a tendency for people to pick pastels and muted tones for their sheds but bold colours are coming back in.

“We think pinks, greens and blues are going to be popular. I think we’ll continue to see the shed trend grow online and on social media.”

The Potting Shed Ludlow Ash. Picture; The Posh Shed Company
The Potting Shed Ludlow Ash. Picture; The Posh Shed Company

Coloured foliage trendy again

Claudia said: “Coloured foliage on shrubs is becoming popular again as is painting sheds, fencing and furniture in soft pinks, blues and mint green.

“With a move in the industry away from using plastics, we will see more retro pastel shades in recycled materials and bamboo hanging planters.”

“The trend over this past year in the gardening world and one I see continuing is the rise in people, notably millennials, using social media sites such as Instagram.

“As more people are renting, indoors has become the new outdoors and posting images online has helped to make plants, especially houseplants, trendy again.

“Plants that were once popular like Pelargoniums (often referred to as geraniums) are also making a comeback as they add a splash of colour and are easy to maintain and grow both indoors and outdoors.”

Storage for tiny gardens

This year, The Posh Shed Company launched its back door stores to offer a storage solution to those with less space. It predicts an increase in the popularity of its Allotment Shed which allows a space to grow your own on top of the storage area.

This is something which Claudia also sees potential in: “I believe we will see a growth in homegrown produce as more people try to cultivate a healthier lifestyle to reconnect with the natural world.

“Growing herbs and plants suitable for drinks and cocktails have been very popular.

“I think dwarf varieties of popular plants, especially those that are bee and pollinator friendly, will feature more as they can be grown in pots on balconies and planted in smaller urban gardens.”

To find out more about Claudia, visit www.claudiadeyongdesigns.com and for further information about The Posh Shed Company, visit www.theposhshedcompany.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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