Wyevale Garden Centres releases first 'growing forecast'

Products to suit 'convenience gardening', urban and rental lifestyles, and to promote health and wellbeing feature in a garden trends document issued by Wyevale Garden Centres.

The document cites the rise of 'convenience gardening' as a response to the decline of basic horticultural knowledge in Britain's younger gardeners, increased demand for products to suit an urban and rental lifestyle and the benefits of gardening for improving health and wellbeing.

Wyevale highlights trends such as pre-planted pots, hardy plants, shrubs and features some new plants such as wallflowers, salvias, hellebores and Viburnum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise'.

New vegetable varieties introduced as part of a predicted trend towards heritage and healthy grow your own veg include purple kale, carrots, onions, tomatoes and sweet potatoes and heritage products such as the ‘Heinz 1370’, the strain of tomato originally used to make ketchup, as well as more courgette plants.

Further trends are eco-consciousness, with ‘6X Natural Organic Fertiliser’, Keter structures for small gardens, the Feather range of ultra-lightweight pots, windowsill propagators, grow-houses and small vegetable trugs.

Wyevale also hopes to sell more wildlife attractive plants such as Delphinium, Calendula and Alyssum and accessories such as hedgehog houses and bee or bug hotels.

Pre-planted pots and indoor plants including calathea, monstera and cacti suit those with small gardens and those who have little experience, said Wyevale, which added that Pantone has chosen 'greenery' as its colour of the year.

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