Autumn trend 2015: the new wilderness

Let nature do its thing

Neatly raked looks good, but there’s a limit to its delight. So seize the chance to allow nature a free hand in the autumn. This will  provide a relaxed look and let’s be honest: there’s not much point raking up leaves when the wind and weather can still wreak havoc. 

Let it fall, let it go

What you want to do is to go into the autumn in a relaxed way. Rather than filling the garden waste bin, incorporate the last attractive elements of your summer garden in a wreath. Leave the rest where it is. By not tidying up too fanatically, you create a hibernation paradise for small garden animals. All those leaves also provide an excellent layer of insulation against frost and will decay naturally, feeding the soil. All in all, it might even be considered a waste to rake it all up when it can be put to good use. 

Weathered and wild

A slightly wild garden look works well with plants with typical autumn colours like Leucothoe and Nandina. They in turn combine beautifully with the berries of checkerberry and prickly heath. If you want some extra colour, just allow asters to shoot off in all directions. To keep it as natural as possible, use robust willow for the container. It can hold attractive plants, but herbs and some vegetables will also do well. That will mean you can carry on picking until the end of autumn. 

Herfsttrend 2015: de nieuwe wildernis

Let things be

To bring a loose, surprising vibe try garden framing, an excellent way to introduce new structures to your outdoor space in a natural way. One reasonably self-maintaining and incredibly eco-friendly option is a green roof, which provides another level of nature around you as well. It is also important to be brave enough to let go. Let the ivy climb or creep, leave berries that are past their best on the plant for the birds, and value simplicity. Wood, zinc and earthenware will only get more beautiful if they’re allowed to weather a bit. To still get the feeling that you’ve done some garden maintenance, make leaf compost from your own garden. It’s incredibly simple, we promise. 

The colours

The most common colours to create this trend in your garden or on your balcony are listed below. They include the brown, green and grey that are in keeping with autumn, but also some purple and blue to create depth and excitement. You really can’t go wrong if you combine shades within this colour chart. The colours are shown with a basic paint code which you can use to have the colour in question mixed at any specialist paint store.