When it comes to gardening, it seems like change may very well be afoot, with a new preference emerging for a Mediterranean style of gardening and growing numbers now searching for drought-resistant plants to populate their outdoor spaces.
Figures from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), compiled for the Observer, show that searches for this kind of shrubbery climbed 490 per cent between 2014 and 2021, the Guardian reports.
And, interestingly, where once roses were the most popular flower of them all, one of the stalwarts of the quintessentially British garden scene, the UK’s bestselling plant group is now lavender, a Mediterranean plant.
President of the HTA Boyd Douglas-Davies observed that lavender is consistently the bestseller in the UK now, while the likes of flowering hibiscus and santolina from Portugal and southern Spain are also proving popular these days, as well.
Vervain (also known as verbena) would also be a beautiful addition to any garden if you are looking for plants that would stand up well against the summer sun.
A perennial herb, the plant has beautiful bright purple flowers that will bring your garden to life and they’re also super rich in nectar, so you’ll help the insect populations too. It’s also easy to look after and you won’t have to do any pruning, although you will have to cut it down in spring and deadhead come the autumn.
Or what about the delightful fremontodendron California Glory for a touch of flamboyance? This is a really high-impact shrub and will do really well in dry conditions, with stunning yellow flowers opening between May and October.
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