Vegetable patches are moving to the front garden, survey shows, as home owners show off gardening skills to their neighbours

Vegetable patches are moving to the front garden, survey shows, as home owners show off gardening skills to their neighbours

Vegetable patches are moving from the back garden to the front, so gardeners can show off to their neighbours according to a new survey.

Rather than just having a patch at the bottom of the garden that gets dug over and is not planted to be attractive, gardeners are integrating strawberries, tomatoes and beans with ornamental plants in hanging baskets and pots stationed near their front doors.

The new information is Wyevale Garden Centres’ senior buying team, combined with survey data from more than 27,000 British gardeners.

While hanging baskets were going out of fashion for the past few years, they have recently seen a resurgence, with sales of ready-made hanging baskets up by a third in the past year.

Also performing well are climbing roses and clematis plants, which can attractively curl around a front door.

The experts said that front gardens are receiving more attention partly due to space, as many British gardeners have smaller gardens than previous generations, with limited back garden or no garden at all.

They also want to be the envy of their neighbours and to show off their gardening efforts to the public both for those passing by and on social media.

Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres, told The Telegraph: “I think people are spending as much time if not more on their front garden as the back.

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