If you’re investing in landscaping in Lancashire next year, you might be looking at what plants you’re going to have in your outdoor space.

A growing number of top garden designers are singing the praises of conifers, and trying to get people to see this group of trees in a different light. Country Life recently spoke to some experts who want the British public to embrace these plants again.

The news provider pointed out that the group of conifers contains an incredible variety of plants, ranging from cedars and gingkos to swamp cypresses.

One of the main issues with conifers, according to the article, is that people haven’t been using them to their best effect, which means that many don’t look on them as a suitable addition for their garden.

Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told the news provider why he thinks they’re such wonderful plants. “Conifers are unlike anything else in the garden – and it’s time we embraced their extraordinary qualities, exploring new ways of using them rather than turning up our noses,” he asserted.

The key is to make sure you choose a plant that will work in the space you have available. You also need to keep on top of maintenance and shouldn’t be afraid of pruning a conifer into a new and interesting shape.

At the start of this year, the Irish Times predicted that conifers would come back into style in gardens over the course of 2019. Among the reasons being that they offer “much in terms of interesting textures, colour, winter structure, contrasting growth habits, ornamental cones, evergreen foliage and hardiness”, the newspaper noted.