New Trend: Insect-Hotels Shelter the Bugs in Your Garden

More and more people who own gardens discover that it is not only important to care for their plants and to feed the birds, but that insects are vital to a healthy environment as well. This awareness has created a new trend: So called insect-hotels are becoming popular in German home gardens.

The small wooden boxes which are supposed to be hung somewhere outside attract several species of beneficial insects, like ladybugs, bees and beetles. There are different “rooms” for them, each with a specialized habitat, for example fir cones for ladybugs or sawdust for beetles living in wood. These bugs can hibernate safely in the hotel, they can reproduce and they can nest there. This has lots of advantages for the garden because these small animals pollinate plants and get rid of garden pests like aphids.

There are already several producers of insect-hotels in Germany, and since the demand is growing, new companies specialize in these tiny homes, like Luxusinsektenhotels. They offer different insect-hotels carefully designed looking like a country home or a luxury hotel. They can be ordered ready-made or as construction kit.

Further Information: luxus-insektenhotel.de

Flower Shows and Garden Exhibitions in 2013

2013 is going to be a great year for garden exhibitions and flower shows all over the world. Whether you want to check out the recent trends in gardening and horticulture, meet new people, learn about seeding and cultivating plants in one of the many seminars or just want to be simply amazed by the most beautiful flowers, you’ll find plenty of opportunities.

Especially in spring there is a wide choice of exhibitions small ones and large ones in the USA, like the Washington Home and Garden Show, which is the largest garden show on the east coast. Or you come over to Germany, for example to the Internationale Gartenschau (IGS, International Garden Show) in Hamburg. It will be in the district of Wilhelmsburg, on Europe’s largest river island from April 26th to October 13th. This year’s motto is “Around the World in Eighty Gardens”.

Whichever garden shows you decide to visit, you can be sure to learn a lot about what customers in the green sector want and what their current preferences are.

There is a huge listing of flower and garden shows in the USA, Great Britain and other parts of the world over at: gardening.about.com

Several Outdoor Products Decorated with the „Interior Innovation Award 2013“ at the imm Cologne

Big success for several producers of outdoor products: Ten furniture pieces and furnishings for balconies and gardens were granted the „Interior Innovation Award 2013” at the “Internationale Möbelmesse” (international furnishing trade fair – imm) in Cologne. This is one of the most prestigious design-prizes of the furnishing industry worldwide. The award was introduced by the trade fair in 2002 and is organized by the German Design Council.

The awards in the category “outdoor” were given to Cane-line for the lounge-sofa “Conic”, Extremis for their picnic-table “Marina”, Gloster for the chair “Dansk”, Morso for the outdoor-fireplace “Forno”, Müller Möbelwerkstätten for the sunshade-tent “Mikasi” and the sunlounger “Solaris”, Radius for the mailbox “Letterman II”, Roset for the armchair “Fifty”, Scheurich for their cachepot “Stylepot” and Viteo for their lounge-chair “Slim Collection Lounge”.

There were also two garden products that won the „Interior Innovation Award“: The lounge-chair “Source” from Gloster and the cachepot “Wave Globe” from Scheurich. A speaker of Scheurich said: “We are really proud of this award because it stands for innovative achievements!”

Further information: imm-cologne.com

Outdoor living: Decoration trends 2013

Exotic plants, indirect lighting and romantic accessories – these may sound like design ideas for a nice living room, but they are in fact the latest outdoor living trends.

The dreary balcony can be transformed into a cosy living area with the new trend colours white, brown and blue. Or if your customers are fans of bright and powerful colours they can choose from a big range of new products.

Trend forecast for 2013

The focus is on casual, cool lounge chairs and pillows as well as playful creations which invite a person to sit down and relax – while also scoring points for their high quality and design.

Barbecuing is also becoming an even more comfortable activity. Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. At the same time, grills offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. In addition, the trend is toward complete barbecue centres and built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. In order to make the outdoor fun last into the evening as long as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing.

The trend toward brand names in lawn and yard care equipment continues. The overall theme for all equipment is sustainability. More and more, manufacturers are taking into consideration the entire life cycle of a product. Individual pieces of equipment are also scoring points by being quieter and producing lower levels of CO2. The gardening tool sector is focusing on user-friendliness. Manufacturers are paying closer and closer attention to making their products adjustable to fit the individual requirements of consumers.

Outdoor accessories and decorations are a must for outdoor fun at home. Romantic patterns, bright colours and sculptural forms will be popular next season.

At the same time, there is a revival of interest in vegetable gardens and orchards. In line with this development, manufacturers are creating systems for gardening in the city. With the help of artificially lit indoor greenhouses or ecological urban garden systems, city dwellers also have the opportunity to grow their own food. Environmental protection remains the leading trend in the area of plant care.