Why Gardening is the 50th Shade of Green



Gardening is great for the mind, body and spirit. It promotes both physical and mental health and creates a harmonious space to unwind and relax right outside your door. Many of us find that gardening relieves stress, but the moderate physical exercise also helps to keep us in shape.

Gardening can give us a great sense of accomplishment with so many chances for reward. It’s extremely satisfying watching the seeds you sow grow into flourishing plants, flowers, fruit or vegetables. It’s even said that being in touch with nature can help us to heal by providing a psychological sense of wellbeing, so it’s no wonder it’s becoming an increasingly popular hobby.

According to experts, there are a number of new & exciting gardening trends emerging in 2017:

1. People are moving away from concrete, with natural tactile materials like wood and stone gaining popularity.
2. Railway ties, sleepers and free-form decks are very much in as are overgrown hedges and large rocks for structure.
3. Gardening enthusiasts will see an increasing amount of Japanese Gardens influence with abstract landscapes, rustic features and courtyard-esque areas.
4. Gardeners are beginning to source plants solely from their local areas. And, endemic plants that are native to particular ecosystems are proving popular for 2017. Foxglove, Mullein and Teasel are examples of plants and shrubs that are all native to Ireland.
5. Statement plants that can stand alone in plant pots are also great focal points. These require a little less maintenance than a flower bed and could work well for those with smaller gardens.
6. Wild mixed grass that doesn’t need to be mowed like regular grass can create a much more useable space, rather than one that’s just for show. Experimenting with this is fun, especially if you have a bigger space to work with.
7. Brightly coloured plants and flowers are one way to add a splash of colour to your garden but by painting a single wall a vibrant shade or by using coloured cushions or outdoor rugs, can transform your garden.

If you have green fingers but don’t have a garden of your own, you can still find fun and imaginative ways to incorporate a little gardening into your life. Why not purchase a hanging basket or two. They’re a great way to add a touch of colour to the outside of your home. They require some maintenance so you can still reap some of the benefits of gardening. Or you could even take gardening into your home with indoor potted plants and herbs.

Once your garden is in full bloom you’ll want to make sure it’s protected. We offer Garden Cover, for items that are permanently left out in the open, as an optional cover that you can add to your home insurance policy. For more information on additional cover you can give us a call on 1890 33 22 11.

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