THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan27

Alternative Garden Design Trends for 2016

Last week we discussed what the latest garden design trends for 2016 are – these included fire pits, outdoor rugs, less box balls and more houseplants.

When researching these latest trends, as we have done for the last few years, it struck us just how boring they were…

So we have decided to offer you a list of alternative garden design trends for 2016. Yes folks, this is it – the latest new ideas in garden design as decided by us here at Modern Mint, trends to help you make your outdoor space fantastic and the world a better place!

Alternative Garden Design Trends for 2016

  1. Pots will be funky and colourful. Like these planters from the Midlands. Or these planters from Spain.
  2. Rain gardens will become a must-have. This means capturing rain at source, holding it on-site for a time and then using this water to either irrigate the garden or gently percolate into the soil. You can learn more by booking our talk ‘Diluted’, which tells you how to make better use of water in the garden, while making it look great too!
  3. Gardens will become plant-centric, rather than putting a new patio as the first priority. We hope surrounding yourself with plants – fragrant, edible and great for wildlife – rather than bricks, will be a wonderful garden design trend to see take shape in the public conscious.
  4. People will grow plants from seed. Why not? It saves money and you can build a better relationship with your garden.
  5. Vegetable growing will take priority, as people seek organic, fresh, local food. Tasty.
  6. Folk will realise buying cheap tools is not always a good idea. These secateurs are incredible and can be sharpened easily, because the steel is so good. Using great tools that are sharp and light means you need less effort to do your work. Better for your garden, better for the stress on your body.
  7. There will be an uprising against the use of neonics, glyphosate and climate change. The garden industry will lead the charge and refuse to stock products that are toxic, while promoting practises that engage people with the world outside their homes. Try listening to voices like this – The Earth Friendly Gardener.
  8. The lynx and wolf will be reintroduced to the UK. Look out plant munching deer! They are coming to get you!

 

These alternative garden design trends are far more exciting – you may even suggest a tad romantic! – than the trends we have written about in previous years…

Garden Design Trends 2014

Garden Design Trends 2015

Garden Design Trends 2016

… but we think they are worth exploring in greater detail. We positively encourage you to do so!

It isn’t hard to find the garden exciting – get out there and grow something from seed, or harvest some fruit from your own tree, and you too will find yourself smiling – instead of worrying about keeping up with the latest trends foisted upon you by a media trying to sell something you don’t really need, based around what they think will sparkle for a year before becoming dull and leaden.

Best of luck gardening to the Alternative Garden Design Trends!

 

Jun10

Brought By Bike – Topiary Making

Brought By Bike is an excellent website I found last month, where businesses offer their services by (of course) bicycle. Modern Mint and my topiary work is now live on the site offering my topiary services, via bike, to the following two postcodes – CM1 CM2 Now I can imagine I will need to borrow a ladder should anyone have a larger shrub, but most town gardens in the Chelmsford area have a need not just for privacy but to let light into the house… so a balance must be struck when shaping hedges and shrubs to cover both needs. …

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May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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