• Jamie Langlands

Jamie's Top Garden Design Trends for 2018!

Updated: May 22, 2019

2017 was a big year for garden design, including the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower show bursting onto the scene with Paul Hervey-Brookes's IQ Quarry Garden claiming the esteemed honour of the shows first ever Best show garden award, Best construction award and a shiny gold medal!

Talking of quarry's, James Basson's monumental M&G Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show caused quite the stir in the gardening world dividing the community and generating some fantastic talking points. Whatever your opinion on the design, it sure created some drama, and I for one loved it!

But that was all so last year. So what will 2018 bring the green fingered design lovers?

1. Letting Your Garden Grow.

Following on from last years huge trend of using natural materials and embracing impurities within them comes what i'm calling naturalism.

The Japanese call it 'Wabi-sabi',

“a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics constituting a worldview centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.”

Sounds fancy, doesn't it? In layman's terms it's essentially embracing the natural growth, Life and death within your garden.

Piet Oudolf, The renowned Dutch garden designer is famous for championing the cause of appreciating the beauty of death in the winter garden.  His designs always feature plants with winter interest in the form of seed heads, stems, and dried foliage.  In his words, he seeks out plants that “live well and die well.”

This is an idea I believe will flourish in 2018. So sit back, relax, grab your drink of choice and enjoy your garden for what it is, seed heads and all!

2. Dining Alfresco

There are some wonderful benefits to eating your meals outside, an increase in Vitamin D intake which is not only vital to maintaining a healthy immune system but has also been proven to improve your mood! Studies have shown that populations that spend more time indoors also have higher rates of depression and anxiety. Now that's a good excuse for a BBQ!

'But Jamie, Have you seen the British weather?' I hear you woefully exclaim whilst shaking off your sodden umbrella .Yes, Britain is blessed with some increasingly changeable weather patterns (to put it mildly) but 2018 has a few tricks up its sleeve to help you out!

Outdoor entertaining and kitchen areas will be a key trend for Spring/Summer 2018 – perfect for those of us who lack space in our kitchens or dining rooms, as we can move entertaining friends and family outside.

And, as if to reaffirm my previous point, why not welcome the adverse weather and embrace the rain from beneath the shelter of a bespoke handcrafted pergola, but more on that later!

3. And this years colour pallet is....

Well, actually. The geniuses over at Pantone believe there are 8! I believe that a few of them will directly influence our gardens over the next 12 months.

Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman describes them best.

  • Resourceful: This palette is made up of complementary blue and orange colours. "This is quite an interesting colour combination," said Eiseman. "It combines warm and cool tones that you just can't avoid looking at it."

  • Verdure: Vegetal colours like celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.

  • Playful: Think 'Minions' - bright yellow, lime Popsicle and all other things fun come together for this colour scheme. "People need to stop and smile," declared Eiseman.

4. The importance of Craftsmanship

We live in a world of mass produced products and we often forget that real craftsman still exist.

People that forge and create wonderful bespoke pieces of art, for our home, our bodies and our gardens! I believe that as we become more comfortable with pushing the boundaries within our gardens this neglect will change, and its long overdue.

Quality craftsmanship is worth the money. In the long run you WILL end up with a more fulfilling, interesting and overall better garden for using these fantastic men and women. It doesn't need to cost you the earth but it will pay you back, time and time again.

5. Container Combinations

Our gardens are (Generally) getting smaller. As the population grows and we expand ever upwards space is at a premium.

More people are renting their homes, and often the expense of designing and nurturing a garden can seem an avoidable expenditure,but it need not be. Alas my non-home owning friends, my Perennial movers and shakers. Fear not. For I have the solution for you! Containers.

All shapes and sizes. Classic, contemporary and a endless array of plants and colour combinations to choose from. Take them with you when you move. move and renew them seasonally. Fit them on your Shoreditch balcony!

If the later is something you’re interested in, well, I would be happy to assist.

Perennial Planters offers seasonal container refreshment and statement specimen plants that will ensure your home, restaurant, hotel or business look stunning all year round!

Each container will be of bespoke design, to your brief, incorporating your styles and tastes and the aspect of the property or residence. Containers and planting schemes can be renewed quarterly to reflect the seasons, maintained with long lasting evergreens, or a mix of the two!

We will always use the very best quality plants, suitable for the aspect and season. Whether it be floral and classic, or contemporary and clean. perennial planters has just the right container for you!

Themed seasonal pots and containers including superb statement ornamental trees can also be designed for special events or holidays such as Weddings, parties, Christmas or Easter. These can be on a Hire or purchase basis.

So there you have it folks, 2018's garden trends to look out for. Watch this space, its going to be another exciting year in Garden Design!


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