Your guide to Gardening in 2019 - Colours, Trends and Styles

Tuesday, 8 January 2019  |  Alison

Your guide to Gardening in 2019 - Colours, Trends and Styles

With the New Year upon us now and life returning to normal, (Is there such a thing as normal, I wonder) it is my chance to look ahead to the gardening year before us and let you know what is new and exciting in the horticulture world alongside trending colours and styles that filter through to practically every part of the design world from high fashion clothing and jewellery to our tubs of flowers on the patio and hanging baskets. So here are my insider thoughts and tips to keep your garden ahead of the game in 2019 -

Colour of the year – Firstly, the hotly anticipated choice of the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2019 was revealed recently.  It is ‘Living Coral’ or number 16-1546 in their colour design chart. Now, I absolutely love the colour coral in all its guises. I always have. My favourite roses are the coral-pink ‘Compassion’ and the coral-red ‘Super Star’. I love coral nail polish and my all-time favourite Yves Saint Laurent lipstick is coral-pink. I love orange-coral? baked beans (yes those in the tin) and the runner bean flower colours of Hestia.    

Coral coloured plants - By coincidence, I have already ordered some plants with coral flowers from our Brookside Nursery selection of bare root, peat pots and plug plants - Geum ‘Mango’, Calibrachoa Can Can ‘Coral Reef’, Gladioli ‘Peter Pears’ and Fuchsia ‘Coachman’.  I have also ordered the garden ready 9cm plant Rodgersia ‘pinnata’ which I cannot wait to plant and see in leaf and flower this summer. Coral looks stunning when teamed with blues, purples and whites so why not try a combination of on trend colours in your pots and tubs this summer.

Drought loving plants - Apart from coral, what else is new? Well, with the hot and dry summer months of 2018, there will be more plants featured in magazines and garden nurseries that can cope with drought as we continue to see climate change first hand in our gardens. Planting the right plant in the right situation has never been more important.

Less plastic waste – more recycling - The growing trend for using less plastic and using recyclable pots and trays is still a growing trend with manufacturers trying to produce less costly versions to appeal to all gardeners and horticulturalists.  It is still the black pots that cannot be recycled in our roadside collections but of course they can be reused time and again. Using the more lightweight orange pots which are made from recycled material can be reused and recycled. We will see more in the way of natural materials being trialled and used such as coconut husk, seaweed and rice husks which are biodegradable and can be planted with the plant into the ground.

Gardening vertically - There is, sadly, a decrease in the size of gardens in new build properties so as well as  planting in the ground and in pots, the urban gardener needs to think outside the box and growing vertically, such as incorporating living walls on fences and walls may well become ‘the norm’. There are many vegetables that grow well vertically like peas, melons, cucumbers, runner beans and of course tomatoes.  With a lack of garden space but with a resurgence of popularity of ‘Grow Your Own’, the gardening industry has a greater choice of plants suited to smaller gardens or courtyards.   For example, patio sized fruit trees and bushes are available in miniature and medium sizes that grow perfectly well in large pots, so you can choose the right size fruit tree for your space.

‘Staycations’ - The trend for using holiday time for a ‘staycation’ has meant that in the last few seasons using the garden for relaxed entertaining has become more popular. Outdoor kitchen/dining areas with their own pizza ovens have evolved into ‘outdoor rooms’ and even garden furniture tables have planters in the centre, so herbs and strawberries can be grown and picked at the table whilst dining, adding a new dimension to ‘pick your own’.

Architectural plants - are hot property this year so be bold and plant one or two statement plants with exotic looking leaves, flowers, interesting bark or stems. Try Rodgersia Bronze, Echinops ‘Veitch Blue’, grasses and palms.  These alongside bee and pollinator friendly and traditional cottage garden plants are showing a huge increase in popularity with old favourites such as hollyhocks, poppies, honeysuckle and roses.   

‘Anyone for Tea’? Tea plants are becoming a growing trend in the UK with several tea plantations producing their own loose tea leaves and tea bags from sites in Cornwall all the way up to the Scottish Highlands. You too can now grow-your-own, pick-your-own and make-your-own cup of tea.

Informality- The dominating structured look to the garden is leaning towards a more relaxed style of planting with wild flower meadows, even on a small scale in a border or a raised bed, allowing beneficial insects, bees and butterflies the chance to inhabit our gardens and encourage nature to thrive.  Hedging will become more prevalent rather than hard fencing, encouraging hedgehogs to wander between gardens and hopefully re-populate our urban and suburban gardens. 

If all this has whetted your appetite for something different in the garden, then look at our website and you will find a host of planting ideas and plants for every garden situation whether it be a damp shaded area or dry sunny spot.


Have fun in your garden in 2019!


Brookside Nursery