The economic times could be influencing gardeners to return to “comfort plants”, according to the Society of Garden Designers. Thomas Hoblyn, a spokesman for the Society, reported that the trend this year has been towards the more traditional plantings of the 70’s and 80’s, with the “tacky” chrysanthemums of recent years becoming the flower of choice in many autumn gardens.
Wallflowers, which also fell out of favour during the past few years, are now blooming everywhere, as they are hardier and cheaper than many hybrids while still providing the colour and fragrance that any gardener aims for. They can be purchased as bare-root plants as opposed to potted, or easily grown from seeds in a variety of soil compositions.
More and more people are also growing vegetables and fruits, according to reports from both the U.K. and the U.S. Greenfingers, the U.K.’s largest online gardening store, showed a 49% increase in seed sales from last year, indicating that people are planting more and designing a bit less.