With the negative impact of modern lifestyle and global warming on the rise, more and more people are now looking at gardens as not only a personal haven to retreat and relax, but also as a medium of endless environmental benefits. Gardens not only add to the aesthetic charm of your home, but also give you something to look forward to during your free time and weekends! So whether you're a gardening enthusiast or not, following are five awesome gardening trends that you need to know about, before you go on to create your green haven.
Vertical gardening is definitely one of the hottest gardening trends out there these days. Not only amongst gardening enthusiasts, but also with interior decorators and landscape designers, vertical gardening is the latest rage. Rapidly emerging across the globe as an innovative and exciting form of gardening, an increasing number of people are opting for vertical gardens for their homes, for civic and residential buildings, for offices, and even as a form of public art. Literally known as "living walls", vertical gardens can help you create several square meters of rich green foliage in places where you wouldn't be able to grow plants otherwise. Vertical gardening is not only a great way to increase your growing space, but also helps you balance the carbon footprint around you and makes your space aesthetically appealing. Right from succulents to tropical plants, to veggie gardens and herb gardens, the possibilities are endless when it comes to vertical gardening.
With the demands of modern lifestyle making lives more stressful, monotonous, and busy, an increasing number of people are now turning their gardens and backyards into personal sanctuaries. The garden is a great place to escape into after a hard day at work; a haven where you can retreat and relax for a while. Garden umbrellas have been trending since long as a nice feature to add into the garden, to complement your garden furniture and give you an inviting place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want to read a book, relish an afternoon meal while soaking up the sun, have a place to chat with friends or family members, or enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner in the garden with your wife, a garden umbrella can add that special touch to your beautiful garden.
Amongst other gardening trends doing the rounds, rooftop gardening is yet another epic gardening trend that is consistently catching up. A growing number of modern households and residential buildings these days prefer going green with their roofs since it not only looks amazingly stunning, but also has endless economical and environmental benefits. If you have a roof garden that covers the entire roof of your home or building, you will instantly realize that it reduces the effect of outside heat, and brings down the cost of heating and air-conditioning, while helping you save up on electricity. Also, a green rooftop has endless environmental benefits. It helps absorb air pollution, blocks noise pollution, offsets the carbon footprint, filters the air, provides better insulation to your building, and also attracts birds and bees. There are loads of creative rooftop garden ideas such as growing a lawn, decorating the roof with potted plants, growing a patch of vegetation, and much more. If you're looking for a gardening trend that helps you lead a healthy, sustainable, and eco-friendly life, rooftop gardening is hands down the best option for you to consider.
Growing an edible garden
Growing an edible garden is yet another form of gardening that has been on the rise since the past few years as more and more people are discovering that homegrown groceries are way better in taste, texture, and quality as compared to groceries sold in stores. Moreover, gardening enthusiasts everywhere see this as a great way to empower themselves to lead a healthy lifestyle at an affordable cost, while at the same time being self-reliant and self-sufficient. The best part is that you don’t actually need some special skill or a large space to grow your own edible garden and convert your garden into a gourmet's delight. For a start, you can begin with growing fresh herbs in pots – either on your windowsill, backyard, or any place having sufficient sunlight. You'll find the whole experience so satisfying and rewarding that very soon your garden is going to be your go-to grocery store, full of fresh, ready-to-pick herbs, vegetables, and spices.
Today's contributor, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Watergarden Warehouse, installers of vertical gardens. She loves to knit for her family. You can catch up with her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.