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The Rich Brothers’ 5 top gardening trends for summer 2018

As summer approaches for 2018, we asked gardening duo, the Rich brothers, to share their top gardening trends for the warmer months. According to them, it’s all about going native, purple and growing your own..

1. Alfresco dining

We like to grow widely used herbs such as basil, parsley and coriander in a movable pot and place it on the dinner table. This makes the alfresco dining experience more organic, allowing guests to pick their own.

2. Growing your own

The ’pot to plate’ lifestyle is popular as Brits become more eco-conscious in how they source their foods. If you have a small garden and are inspired to grow your own, think vertically and invest in wall hangers to make the most of your space. A vertical garden also looks great. Growing cherry tomatoes and strawberries in hanging baskets also optimises your space and makes it fun to pick.

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3. Natural and informal gardens

Native planting schemes mimic nature in a softer and more green way. Less maintenance allows the garden to develop more naturally. Adding multi-stem trees, such as corylus avellane (common hazel) and amelanchier lamarckii will provide a naturalistic look, helping to create depth and filter views down the garden. Try weaving solar powered lights through the branches to create a focal feature and gently highlight the seating area.

4. Hint of copper

Adding copper accents is a simple, inexpensive way to re-fresh your garden. You can go as big or as little as you want but we would recommend adding copper pots to create warmth. We’re fans copper firepits, water features, or even smaller touches like copper fairy lights.

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5. Low level shrubs and ultra violet planting

Ultra Violet is the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year and we’re seeing a lot of purple flowing in British backyards. An old favourite, lavender, flourishes during the summer months and is easy to grow and maintain. The colour and smells turn your garden into a miniature wellness sanctuary and adds a relaxing ambience. You can also pick the lavender and add it to rooms inside the house. Other purple perennials such as salvia, verbena hastata, Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavendelturm’ and shrubs such as sambucus nigra and syringa vulgaris are also on-trend.

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The Rich Brothers have teamed up with Amazon.co.uk to find the nation’s most creative gardens and inspire Brits to spend more time outdoors, making the most of the great British summer.

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