Higher density living means the big backyard is a thing of the past for many people in Australia, but people are turning to pots to keep trees and plants in their lives.
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has noticed a strong trend towards container gardening, not just for small plants and vegetables but also for trees, for courtyards, balconies and small gardens.
“Many tree and shrub varieties grow quite successfully in containers. Apart from a much more attractive outlook than a fence or neighbouring building, they provide shade, better air quality and privacy,” said the CEO of NGIA, Mr Robert Prince.
“It is sad to see such limited individual green space in urban developments which highlights the need for public spaces with trees to provide all the environmental, social and financial benefits they offer.
“But it is encouraging that the community is keen to improve their plant life balance. We are witnessing a strong growth in edible gardens and tree planting, even in pots,” Mr Prince added.