Garden Trends of 2017

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The garden may not seem like the place to explore trends – after all, you can’t really make plants grow faster or differently just because you want them to! But there are garden trends, often to do with elements from fashion and interior design that are transformed to outdoor spaces and here are a few of them for 2017.

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Top Jobs You Can Do in Your Garden in January

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January may not seem like the best time of year to be doing anything in the garden. Cold days, the possibility of ice and snow and the lack of daylight hours can make you want to stay inside all snug and warm. But once you are outside there is something a little bit special about being in a cold frozen garden with all the life peeking through underneath. To get the best from your plants, there are some jobs that need to be done at this time of year.

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Getting Autumnal Colour in Your Garden

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Autumn is one of the most colourful times of year, yellows, reds, and burnt oranges can be seen everywhere from inner city parks to countryside hedgerows. While these oranges are common there are also an abundance of colours that can complement, or contrast with autumnal browns and so getting colours in your garden in the autumn can be quite easy!

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Let’s get creative – how to make a Christmas wreath

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If you’ve ever fancied having a go at making a Christmas wreath for your front door, follow our easy guide to achieving a lovely, natural wreath. It won’t cost you much, the kids can help too – and you’ll have something no-one else has got!

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Spooky Ideas for a Halloween Garden

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A well designed garden is the perfect place to celebrate seasonal changes and enjoy special days or events like Halloween. A spooky gathering in your garden on All Hallows Eve is fun for all the family young or old. Whether you are planning a Halloween Party for children with all the traditional games or a more sophisticated affair for adults, prepping your garden to be ready to scare is almost as much fun as the party itself!

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How to Encourage Wildlife into your Garden

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With the popularity of shows like Springwatch and its seasonal cousin Autumnwatch, encouraging wildlife to adopt your garden as their own has never been easier. For experienced gardeners, the importance of planting pollinators and providing food and refuge in gardens for wildlife has been known for centuries and has been both a practical and a joyful task. The importance of supporting and encouraging wildlife is becoming more well publicised, with documentaries like The Vanishing of the Bees (2009), and campaigns by societies such as the RHS it is a problem that it is now in the public psyche.

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Capability Brown's Gardens

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Mention gardening greats to horticultural enthusiasts and you’ll probably get the name Capability Brown fired back at you. Born in 1716, he has often been called England’s greatest gardener, a landscape architect responsible for the design of some 170 parks, many of which survive to this day. While not everyone’s garden is the size of Capability’s clients’, his inspiration can still be felt today and applied to any sized garden across the UK.

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