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  • Craig Davis

Blooming plants - Spring planting trends for 2024





As the seasons transition and vibrant hues begin to adorn gardens across the UK, it's time to delve into the exciting world of spring planting trends for 2024. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting your green journey, staying abreast of the latest trends can elevate your outdoor oasis to new heights. Join us as we explore the captivating planting trends that are set to blossom in gardens throughout the UK this spring.


What are the Spring blooming planting trends for 2024?


1. Native marvels: celebrating indigenous flora


In 2024, there's a resounding call to embrace native plants in garden landscapes. Native species, perfectly attuned to the local climate, not only thrive with minimal fuss but also play a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems. From the cheerful blooms of coneflowers and black-eyed susans to the delicate allure of butterfly weed, incorporating native plants adds a touch of sustainability and wildlife-friendly charm to your garden.

Examples:

  • Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea)

  • Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

  • Primroses (Primula vulgaris)

  • Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum)

  • Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)


2. Pollinator paradise: nurturing wildlife-friendly gardens


The buzz around pollinator-friendly plants continues to reverberate in 2024. Gardeners are increasingly mindful of creating havens for bees, butterflies, and other essential pollinators. Lavender, bee balm, and salvia stand out as popular choices, not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their role in nurturing local biodiversity. By planting pollinator-friendly blooms, you're not just beautifying your garden – you're fostering a thriving ecosystem.

Examples:

  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

  • Bergamot (Monarda didyma)

  • Verbena Bonariensis (Verbena bonariensis)

  • Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

  • Catmint (Nepeta spp.)


3. Elevate with ornamentals: adding texture and movement


Ornamental grasses are poised to take centre stage in garden landscapes this spring. Renowned for their graceful sway and textural allure, ornamental grasses add an element of movement and sophistication to any garden. Whether it's the feathery plumes of fountain grass or the striking hues of switchgrass, these low-maintenance beauties are a must-have for contemporary garden designs in 2024.

Examples:

  • Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron')

  • Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

  • Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus')

  • Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

  • Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)


4. Dark foliage drama: infusing elegance with rich tones


Intrigue and elegance await with the rise of dark foliage plants in 2024. Black Lace Elderberry and Chocolate Cosmos cast a spell with their rich, velvety hues, adding depth and drama to garden beds. These captivating specimens lend a touch of mystique to garden landscapes, perfect for those seeking a modern and sophisticated aesthetic.

Examples:

  • Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')

  • Black Tulip Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana 'Black Tulip')

  • Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata 'Black-eyed Susan')

  • Black Dragon Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Black Dragon')

  • Black Velvet Petunia (Petunia x hybrida 'Balpevac')


5. Succulent serenity: embracing water-wise wonders


Succulents continue to reign supreme as the darlings of low-maintenance gardening in 2024. With their striking forms and water-wise nature, succulents are a perfect choice for both seasoned gardeners and beginners alike. Whether cascading from hanging baskets or nestled in rock gardens, succulents add a touch of tranquility and charm to any outdoor space.

Examples:

  • Echeveria (Echeveria spp.)

  • Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)

  • Agave (Agave spp.)

  • Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

  • Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum spp.)

6. Edible abundance: cultivating homegrown harvests


The trend towards growing edible plants shows no signs of slowing down in 2024. As more gardeners embrace sustainable living practices, there's a growing appetite for homegrown produce. Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and berries take centre stage, offering not only delectable harvests but also a sense of satisfaction in nurturing your own food source.

Examples:

  • Rainbow Chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights')

  • Dwarf Patio Fruit Trees (e.g., Apple, Pear, Plum)

  • Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)

  • Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa)

  • Rainbow Carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus)

In conclusion


In conclusion, these spring planting trends for 2024 in the UK offer a delightful array of options for creating vibrant, sustainable, and enchanting garden landscapes. Whether you're drawn to the native beauty of foxgloves, the elegance of dark foliage plants, or the practicality of succulents, there's a trend to suit every gardener's preference. So, roll up your sleeves and let your garden bloom with the essence of spring's timeless charm.



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