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By Fiona Reid
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Garden trends - what’s hot

GARDENS in Dumfries and Galloway are going modern.

Metal furniture, brightly coloured pots and solar water features are among the items selling like hotcakes locally.

Alistair Bertram, of Garden Wise in Dumfries, has noticed his customers are moving away from the more traditional wooden garden benches to swing seats and rocking chairs.
* Commenting further on the trends for 2016, he said: “Vegetable plants seem to be big. We cannot keep up with demand for vegetables at the moment and general plants.
“Topiary is out now and people are looking for colour and going for flowering shrubs, especially ones with scent, although they do buy with their eyes.
“In terms of bedding plants, it’s too early to tell yet but it’s definitely more fancy stuff than before.”
Mr Bertram believes the modern look is fashionable at present, adding: “Ponds are not as popular as they were but solar water features are doing quite well.
“Ornaments are popular too, not gnomes but things like buddas, white marble and natural animals.”
* Meanwhile in a survey by paving manufacturer Bradstone, 35 per cent of respondents in Scotland said their garden is the most important feature of their home.
However, only 16 per cent are proud of their outdoor space and 15 per cent are envious of their neighbours’ gardens.
* And the top three changes the Scots would most like to make to their garden are replacing the lawn with new grass, adding or replacing fencing and adding or replacing paving.
Award winning garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw said: “Modern gardeners have an unprecedented range of plants to choose from – from exotic edibles to exquisite ornamentals, from all corners of the globe – all of which can pretty much be cultivated in our gardens.
“Together with easy access to technical information on how to grow plants, it is completely possible to recreate and encapsulate almost any style of garden from any point in history, and from anywhere in the world.”

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