Now is a great time to start thinking about getting your garden space ready for use during the nicer weather and lighter evenings that are on the way.
Whether you are considering a complete garden overhaul or just want to freshen up your outdoor space with something new for Spring, here’s our round-up of some of the top garden design trends for this year.
With the enduring popularity of timber decked areas, pergolas and decorative screening panels enhancing our gardens, the notion of expanding our indoor living space outdoors is nothing new. But it looks like outdoor rooms are set to become increasingly sophisticated and extravagant for 2019 and beyond.
Make your garden a multi-functional living space by adding some privacy trellis to create a secluded area for dining and relaxing (check out our related blog post on how to do this). And use wooden planters to add an injection of style and colour to the space (also on the blog). Most importantly, invest in comfortable garden furniture, or build your own out of timber.
Garden designers foresee the trend for fire pits, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens continuing – and, as we enjoy spending more time outdoors with our family and friends, patio and garden bars are set become big news.
Summerhouses and adult tree houses
As eccentric as it may sound, these all-weather timber hideaways for grown-ups are set to be all the rage, providing the perfect way to embrace the outdoors and make the most of your garden, even when it’s raining. Whether you want a fresh creative space or as a place to retreat for some peace and meditation, a wooden tree-house or summerhouse provides the ideal multi-use breakout space for a range of activities. So if you’re looking for a rewarding timber DIY project, this could be the one for you!
Log or timber walls
Many of the latest landscaping designs are incorporating log or timber feature walls, boundaries or screens – not only as a naturally attractive way to divide up an outdoor space, but also to provide a safe habitat for wildlife and insects. Which leads us nicely on to our next trend…
With news of climate change, deforestation and plastic in our oceans, we are now more aware than ever of our own impacts on the environment and considering how we can help make positive changes towards a more sustainable future. So where better to start than in our own back gardens? Garden designers are already seeing a trend towards more natural, slightly looser gardens, with hedges becoming more popular again (great news for hedgehogs!) Many Brits say they would like to attract more wildlife into their gardens, and with a few simple additions, this is most certainly doable. You could start by growing flowers up some trellis to help attract butterflies and bees. And consider adding bird feeders and bee homes, to your garden, too.
Growing your own
We have a long tradition of growing produce in the UK, and with the increase in environmental awareness, rising food prices and more understanding about links between food and our health, growing our own is rapidly becoming more popular.
Spring is the perfect time to plant up your own kitchen garden. Green veg such as broccoli, peas, kale and spinach are great outdoor growers, while tomatoes and chillies prefer a sunny greenhouse or conservatory. Wooden planting boxes are ideal for all types of planting. If you only have a small outdoor space or want to start with something easy, opt for some potted herbs. Potted fruit trees, such as apple, apricot, and cherry are also set to become big as gardens get smaller – and you can even grow strawberries and blueberries in hanging baskets. Vertical planting is also growing in popularity, using a fence, wall or trellis panels to maximise growing space for vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and peas.
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