Bank holiday gardening with a difference

April 30th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Bank holiday gardening with a difference

We all mean to get our Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford gardens in order in the Spring. There are always more things to do in any garden so a bit of bank holiday gardening could be in order.  But there has been a rise recently in the understanding of the concept of Wabi-sabi both in the home and the garden. Wabi-sabi is all about seeing the beauty in imperfections and it can be applied to your garden.

'There's an inspiring new way of looking at your garden which is good news for the more hands-off amongst us,' say the gardening enthusiasts at The Greenhouse People. 'Wabi-sabi – an acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death – is nothing new for the Japanese who have been practising this art since the 15th century, but for the Western world it couldn't be further away from the never-ending quest for perfection.'

Flymo who have been having a good long look at garden trends this year explain that Wabi-sabi gardeners should develop an appreciation for the changes in the natural landscapes. 'Try not to focus on the symmetry and longevity of objects, choose plants and items that will change over time with the seasons,' they explain. 'A tree with textured or peeling bark, flowers that display their seed pods during autumn and dried leaves that have fallen under a small tree are great ways to introduce wabi-sabi into your life.'

Overgrown perennials, moss-covered stones, rusty iron gates and weathered pots are in keeping with this trend. What is most important they say is 'balancing nature and nurture', so you're advised to think about what you want in your garden but also to ‘sit back, relax and reflect on the beauty of your garden's natural imperfections'. 

So you can appreciate the natural beauty of your Woodford, Chigwell or Loughton garden well into the night ''Solar lighting is the answer and it's set to be even bigger in 2018 thanks to a number of factors including cost, safety and of course it creates a perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind in.' say Flymo. Happy Bank holiday weekend