The latest in garden trends

February 22, 2024

If you’re thinking ahead about your summer garden and styling it in the latest trend, you might wish to choose carefully…

Finding ourselves in the cold of winter, many of us dream of warm, sunny days spent in the garden. Every year, there are exciting new ideas we can picture in our own gardens, too. However, being drawn into the latest trend can be too easy! With garden design, some trends will stand the test of time, with others fading fast.

Artificial Turf
With minimal maintenance required, artificial lawns appeal to many of us as an easy solution for outdoor space. High quality turf looks well-presented, and it’s easy to keep clean with a quick hoover. What many of us do not consider is the environmental impact. Natural grass plays a significant role within the eco system, cooling the soil and supporting the gardener’s friend, the earth worm. Artificial turf can also leave traces of plastic in the soil and overheat in the summer. Instead, try clover for a drought-friendly, sustainable lawn, or perhaps stick to a smaller artificial lawn area.

Multi-functional Areas
In the changing landscape of garden design, versatile areas are understandably popular. Rather than sectioning off parts of the garden, this trend is about creating larger spaces you can enjoy in multiple ways – similarly to open plan living space. You could add integrated seating arrangements and hidden storage for a winning combination of practicality and aesthetics.

Softwood Garden Furniture
While softwood outdoor furnishings offer an attractive feature at first, they are vulnerable to moisture, often causing them to deteriorate. Opting for hardwood alternatives such as teak ensures longevity, especially with our changeable weather conditions.

Water Features
Water features can add a stunning focal point to a garden and a sense of tranquillity. What is key is the installation, the up-keep, and how much time and money you’re prepared to spend on one. If you’d like to keep it simple, a bird bath can attract and support wildlife, plus offer a timeless feature.

Embracing Colour
Contemporary gardens celebrate vibrant, dynamic colours and indigenous plant species. This trend supports biodiversity and sustainability, creating a thriving outdoor space filled with butterflies, bees and more in the warmer months. Traditional, low-maintenance blooms are always popular, from cheerful daffodils to elegant roses.

If you desire your own outdoor oasis, focusing on making your garden easy to maintain will give excellent results. The best idea is to keep it simple while still creating interest. Working in harmony with nature means enjoying abundant beautiful flowers and plants. Requiring little upkeep, native grasses and resilient bulbs will culminate in a flourishing garden.

However you choose to style your garden landscape this year, with some thoughtful planning, we are sure you will create the perfect outdoor space for you and your loved ones.

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