7 Of The Hottest Gardening Trends
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Gardening can seem trend-proof with change coming so slowly it makes glaciers look fast. Yet gardening trends do change.
What’s hot in the market today definitely wasn’t popular twenty years ago! Likewise, what’s popular now might not be so in fifty years time.
I think this year marks a turning point in gardening as we move away from pristine lines and harsh materials to a softer, gentler and more comfortable alternative.
In this blog, I’ll look at seven of the hottest gardening trends I think are going to hit the mainstream this year.
Oh, and if we’ve missed anything you think is important, let us know in the comments and we’ll update the post with your ideas.
The dominance of harsh minimalism in gardens is finally over. Gone are the angular concrete blocks and precise brickwork so beloved by landscape gardeners.
This year will see the revival of natural materials across landscaping, furniture and decor.
We’ve already seen a swing towards more old-fashioned, rustic gardens with customers using materials like railway sleepers and reclaimed architectural salvage to great effect.
Using sleepers instead of, for example, pristine cut timbers gives your garden a feeling of age, experience and history. Aged, weathered and beaten timbers might have been laid one day, one year or one decade ago — it’s impossible to tell!
I think this move to natural materials is about looking authentic and organic.
A lot of super architectural gardens are nice to look at but it’s not a space in which you can spend time and relax. The more organic alternatives are welcoming spaces, drawing you in and asking you to stay.
It’s no surprise that people are changing their mind!
The lawn is a bit of a strange thing. It’s basically a big, flat, largely uninspiring green blanket. It’s been that way for centuries.
First it was a status symbol of the upper, who didn’t need to use the space to grow food.
Later, it was a point of pride of the middle classes, who wanted to emulate some of that aristocratic elegance.
That, however, is about to change.
People seem to be moving away from the perfect postcard lawns to a looser, more rustic alternative.
We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of our customers planting low maintenance mixed grass lawns, which look fantastic and don’t need cut every few weeks.
Artificial grass is on the rise, too! Good artificial grass feels lovely under your feet and has a fraction of the maintenance requirements of real turf.
I’m not entirely sure what’s driving the move away from traditional lawns. Maybe it’s about sustainability or droughts or worries about chemical fertilisers.
Whatever it is, it’s clear that people want something different.
I don’t know who decided that garden furniture had to be uncomfortable and sculptural but they were wrong. Really wrong.
Harsh wooden chairs that look like they’re from a dining room, uncomfortable wooden benches and so on are designed to look good and weather harsh conditions.
Thankfully, times are on the change.
People are throwing away their upright and uptight wooden chairs and replacing them with outdoor sofas, swings and, occasionally, outdoor beds.
The garden is becoming a place to lounge rather than a place to just visit.
When the sun’s out, there’s nothing better than reclining in your back garden and enjoying the moment!
Fire was probably mankind’s third invention after the loincloth and the spear. However, unlike loin clothes and spears, fire has aged especially well and is still just as comforting now as it was in the Bronze Age.
There’s something immensely satisfying about fire and it can add some real personality to your garden.
Whether it’s a full outdoor kitchen, brick barbeque or super basic fire pit, there are few things more satisfying than sitting around gently glowing embers on a long summer evening.
Garden lighting has a tendency to be super boring and functional. Harsh LEDs are way too common and fixtures are usually bolted onto whatever wall is nearest without much thought or planning.
Thankfully, garden lighting has recently been edging away from being functional and towards being a feature.
We’ve seen softly glowing lanterns, twinkling fairy lights and beautiful rope lights used to instantly transform an average garden into something truly spectacular.
Treat your garden like an extension of your home and use lighting to add character and depth.
Bright and Bold
Neutral colour schemes might work in your home but subdued colours look weird in a garden.
From the purples of sage, the reds of roses and the yellows of daffodils, nature is full of strong colours. So pick big, bright and bold plants to give your garden an injection of colour.
Nowadays, we’re way more careful about what we spray around our gardens. Alternative, greener weed killers are rising in popularity and will probably continue to do so.
About the Author
David with Glasgow-based timber merchant Stewart Timber. He enjoys gardening, building projects and firing up the barbeque in the summer.