Brookside Nursery Guide to Top Gardening Trends in 2020

Monday, 6 January 2020  |  Alison
Brookside Nursery Guide to Top Gardening Trends in 2020
Out with the old and in with the new – decade that is, not that piece of string attached to the metal frame of your greenhouse or those broken crocks sitting in an already broken pot you have been holding onto since the summer of 2018, or is that just me?  They will get used, eventually, and we gardeners have been saving these sorts of things for years. It is now called recycling.
Its 2020 – as good a reason as any to take stock, re-evaluate and make a list of improvements or changes you would like to make in the coming year in your garden, allotment or balcony. With this in mind I have taken a peek into my foggy crystal ball to see what is trending in the world of gardening for the start of the new decade.

One of the biggest trends we will see coming through from gardening retailers are plastic pots and seed trays that can be recycled, and, as they are becoming more readily available at an affordable price, I see the black plastic pot becoming extinct within a short time. At Brookside Nursery, we are launching our own range of pots and seed trays soon, all made from recycled materials which are in turn recyclable, so keep your eyes open on our website for our new taupe coloured pots and trays.

Being creative with the space you have in your garden has never been more popular and in 2020 growing vegetables, herbs and flowers vertically is going to continue to boom.  If you have a DIY enthusiast in the family then involve them in your design (keep it simple) and then together you can build your vertical garden. Young children love planting so give them the first layer to plant up some pretty flowers that they can nurture throughout the growing season. 

Environmental issues have been at the forefront of news stories around he ‘older’ Sir David Attenborough, with his disturbing and heart-breaking animal and nature films.  Governments and global sized businesses need to step up to the mark and make radical changes for the good of us all before it really is too late. However, it’s not all doom and gloom - any gardener will tell you that by ‘growing your own’ - vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs means that food tastes great and our carbon footprint is smaller than many.  

Community gardening projects are set to rise as people come together as a force for good, utilizing wasted and unused spaces in towns, cities and villages and turning them into an oasis for the local community to be a part of. The ‘Grow Your Own’ culture and ‘Greening Grey Britain’ from the RHS are reminders that we can all contribute to the welfare of others, our wildlife and the beneficial  insects we need for the human race to survive and thrive. 

The houseplant craze of the last couple of years is set to continue as we add new and exciting varieties of plants to our indoor collections. Gardening magazines are packed with ideas of how to use your indoor space to go green. You just need to get the right plants for the right situation. This photograph from Alex Taylor that I saw on Twitter shows that you can grow plants anywhere and you can always find somewhere else to hang your coat and scarf!  

African Violets, the dainty flowered houseplants from the 1970’s are having a resurgence of popularity too as new varieties have been bred to perform well on a windowsill. I remember my nana having a whole row of these, in differing colours, on her kitchen window sill.

Repurposing is another term for using something in a different way to its original use, and in the gardening world this means thinking laterally on how something can be reused in a practical way but to add beauty as well.  I am repurposing some old ornate picture frames I have not done anything with for years, and I am going to paint them in bright colours and then hang them on my shed panels, add a simple metal planter and have herbs and flowers cascading from them. What a pretty picture! ​

Ultimately, we gardeners will always do what we can for the environment around us and I am going to make 2020 the year I plant another fruit tree in my garden. A Damson tree I think and yes you guessed it - I want to make my own Damson gin. 
Happy New Gardening Year 2020!
Brookside Nursery