Harmony in horticulture on the horizon

The theme of harmony is set to dominate tree planting and gardening trends in 2017, according to a green spaces expert.

Chris Mills, general manager at national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist Glendale Civic Trees, says people will benefit from utilising simplistic landscape designs and calming colours in their gardens.

Chris said: “The Flower Council of Holland announced its four trends for 2017 as harmonise, equalise, energise and rebel, and from a design perspective we’ll see this reflected in colours, shapes and patterns, all working in harmony to compliment each other.

“The trend for harmony reflects a desire to break away from an often chaotic and noisy world of late, with more and more people seeking solace through nature and reaping the social and health benefits offered by plants.

“Keeping things simple, with the use of calming green hues and simple patterns and structures creates outdoor spaces where people can easily relax and switch off from the world, instilling a much sought after sense of stability and balance.

“At the same time, the use of colourful flowers and plants which inject a sense of energy and vibrancy, such as bright oranges, yellows and pinks, will also be popular. The association between the colour orange with sunshine and warmth, for example, is known to stimulate positive feelings.

“However, for some, the rebel trend outlined by The Flower Council will mean experimentation with daring, lighthearted designs which see colours and shapes clashed to create unconventional looking spaces, in a bid to break all the rules.

“Wildlife protection will also remain a priority, reflected in the planting of trees and plants which attract bees and birds, including Prunus avium (sweet cherry), Arbutus unedo(strawberry tree) and Malus domestica (apple tree).

”Aesthetics aside, Chris also predicts an increase in the use of methods and techniques which will help contribute to improved tree and plant health: “We’ll see square tree pits being relied upon more frequently, which are more effective at encouraging roots to extend further meaning a healthier and more stable tree.

“In addition, the recent trend towards hyperlocalism will continue, with an increase in stock being sourced locally, supporting the value placed on home-grown produce and echoing the need to combat climate change by importing less from overseas in order to reduce carbon emissions.”

Although optimistic about the year ahead, Chris also anticipates that the usual challenges will need to be tackled.

“Glendale Civic Trees is already off to a strong start for the year with the team soon to be embarking on a project in a Cotswolds estate involving planting up to 100 trees, and we’re looking forward to continuing to expand our landscaping portfolio.

“But there will also be the usual challenges to face, with the number of pests and diseases coming from abroad on the rise, so biosecurity measures will need to be increased.”

Find out more about Glendale Civic Trees on their website: civictrees.co.uk.

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