29/01/13

Whether your green space is an urban enclave or an expansive garden, landscaper Chris Maddams of Red Daffodil offers up 10 trends to look out for during the months ahead…

1. INDIGENOUS TREES These will grow up to become the centrepiece of your outside space. Just be careful to plant varieties such as a lavender tree (Heteropyxis natalensis) or forest elder (Nuxia floribunda) that won’t grow too big.

2. ORGANIC GARDENS Not just chemical-free compost and fertiliser, this includes pesticides and herbicides, too.

3. GRASSES Planted en masse, such as in this Franchesca Watson-designed garden, and with so many indigenous varieties to choose from, grasses are being found in gardens everywhere.

4. MIRRORS These make a space look much bigger than it actually is. Garden designers have taken this trick outside and are using mirrors to reflect the most attractive aspects of a garden.

5. VERTICAL GARDENS Carefully planted living walls can create several square metres of garden in places where you otherwise wouldn’t be able to have plants. These green walls are also a contemporary way of softening an imposing facade.

6. VEGETABLE AND HERB GARDENS These are back in fashion as people become more conscious about what they eat. You can read more about starting your own edible garden here.

7. GRAVEL Dig up your lawn and replace it with large formal flowerbeds and gravel pathways for an easy-to-maintain garden that requires a lot less water.

8. AWAY WITH POOLS With the price of electricity going up, landscapers are reporting filling as many pools as they see being built.

9. ROOFTOP GARDENS
These are becoming popular green spaces thanks to new waterproofing products and lighter substrates that allow you, for example, to lay a lawn over a tiled patio. Read more about green roofs here.

10. TOPIARIES Not only the ‘lollipop’ variety on thin stems, but large shaped shrubs, offer the formality of hedges and create volumes of green to provide structure and contrast to the more fun and colourful elements around them.

Read the original article here.