There’s no denying that COVID-19 has affected the lives of everyone in the world. Some of us Plant Geeks have made the best of a terrible situation by turning to our leafy green friends as our everyday saviours, and many people in the online gardening community have actually created a really positive atmosphere through the participation in Instagram Lives, podcasts, videos and more. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s realised that the version of ‘normal’ that we had before the pandemic may not be quite the same after we leave it behind.
From a gardening perspective, we’re bound to see some big changes. Over the past few months, our gardens have seen a lot more use than they may have received during the springs of past years. While this pandemic has confined most of us to our houses, those with gardens will have likely made the most of their access to an outdoor space, and that might change the way that gardens are viewed in future.
Just what changes take place, I’ve suggested below, along with some recommendations on how you can improve your garden for our future after lockdown! You can find all of these product recommendations on QVC during their special 24-hour Enjoy Your Garden event, which takes place Saturday 9th May (see all my QVC show dates here)! Read on for my predictions…
1. We’ll have smaller gatherings
Garden parties and BBQs are thoroughly missed right now! But even after lockdown measures are slackened, we probably still won’t be able to hold large gatherings until much later on.
In the near future, we’ll likely have more garden gatherings, but with smaller amounts of people as we slowly reconnect with those who we haven’t physically seen in weeks.
With smaller groups of people in the garden, will this mean less need for furniture and more room for decor? Possibly! You could spice up your patio with these garden obelisks, which come in three different colours and heights.
Or how about a piece of contemporary art in the form of this decorative stone ornament, which also doubles up as an ornamental light?
2. We’ll enjoy our gardens in the evenings
If we get a little bit more freedom, we’ll probably make the most of being out and about during the daytime, while utilising the evenings for garden time. Plus, there’s usually very little on the TV in the summer (and you might have even binge watched all your favourite Netflix series) so there’s no excuse to stay inside!
This means that we’ll be in need of some lovely garden lighting to ensure that we can enjoy outdoor areas well into those long summer nights. These solar garden lanterns can be positioned on a patio table, balcony, on garden steps, or hung in trees. With organic cut outs and colour-changing LEDs, they’ll create beautiful light patterns across your garden.
If you’re a fan of the magical look of fairy lights, you might like these butterfly string lights. They consist of a string of six butterfly-shaped lights, which can be hung from trees, trellises and pergolas to add a little twinkle to your evening!
3. We’ll want gardens that look after themselves
With a little taste of freedom, who can blame us for maybe doing a little less gardening! The lockdown has certainly given some people more time to finish those taxing gardening jobs that have been lingering on the chores list, so with all of that out of the way, we might want to put in a little less hard work after lockdown ends.
But how do we make our gardens more self-sufficient? Well, there are plenty of products out there that will do the job, such as Richard Jackson’s Root Booster. Coming soon to QVC, this fantastic formula contains three natural ingredients to help encourage root growth for stronger, healthier plants: mycorrhizal fungi to help roots become more effective at absorbing water; seaweed extract for a bio-stimulant boost; and humates, which can help retain nutrients which are lost through watering or rainfall. Super easy to use (simply use the provided scoop to add the Root Booster pellets to the soil before you plant), this product is a must-have for your self-sufficient garden!
4. We’ll introduce more colour to reflect positivity
There’ll be so much positivity in the air post-lockdown, that we’ll undoubtedly want our gardens to mimic the atmosphere with lots of colour!
Begonia Illustrious is another fantastic option, featuring red, yellow, pink and white trailing blooms that are perfect for hanging baskets and window boxes.
If you’re a fan of Geraniums, you may enjoy the pretty colours in this Gorgeous Geranium selection – these are non-scented while still attracting pollinating insects.
What’s more positive than a sunflower? Symbols of happiness, these SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl sunflowers will make you smile each time you see them!
And to tie all these colours together, Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’, an award-winning variety of white Hydrangeas, would be the ideal finisher (this one’s coming soon to QVC)!
5. We’ll make more use of our tools
After spending lockdown cleaning out the garden shed and maybe discovering the forgotten tools hidden in the depths of Cobweb Town, we may be utilising our handy shears, trowels, weeders and more in future.
What with the amount of tricky or drawn-out garden jobs ticked off the list during lockdown, we’ll have rediscovered just how handy gardening tools can be, with some cutting backbreaking work in half.
If you’re in the market for a few more tools to complete your arsenal, this stainless steel hose and nozzle makes a stylish and hard wearing addition. With its strong, kink-free design, you’ll be able to water your garden uninterrupted, as the hose itself doesn’t kink and stop the water flow. The nozzle comes with eight patterns, making it easier to water a variety of plants.
Detest weeding? This weed burner is an essential. Eliminating the need for toxic chemicals and pesticides, this instrument burns away weeds without affecting nearby plants.
Have you already seen a difference in the way you use your garden? Let me know in the comments below!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.