Garden Trends 2020

With 2020 now in full swing and the days getting longer (yes, really!), we’re all looking forward to welcoming spring and getting out into our gardens once again. Whether you have a vast outdoor space in the countryside or a cosy city courtyard, there are some popular trends that are fast becoming the must-have features for gardens this year. So, if you are looking to spruce up your outdoor space ready for the warmer months, or want to turn a deserted backyard into a relaxing oasis, take inspiration from some of these popular garden trends for 2020. 

Wildlife Sanctuaries

With urban areas on the rise, the space for flora and fauna is becoming ever more sparse, and birds, bees and butterflies have fewer places to thrive. Alas, awareness of how important wildlife is to biodiversity, as well as our well-being, is on the rise, so we expect to see a big move toward wildlife-friendly gardens this year. In order to accommodate these precious wild creatures in your garden, try to include a variety of colourful wildflowers and grassy meadows. Hedging and trees are great for birds and a water feature will provide much-needed nourishment for all. For more ideas on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden, take a look at The English Garden

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Secluded Spaces

We all want our outdoor space to be as private as possible, and secluded nooks are set to become a popular request for home garden designs in 2020. Create a little sanctuary of calm and seclusion that you can escape to and relax in. Whether you want to read a book, chat with friends or eat alfresco, a quiet area in your garden will create a welcome retreat from the stress of everyday life. To make your space feel inviting, choose cosy furniture and include some screening such as a trellis, fence or hedge. And if you are overlooked by your neighbours, a retractable awning is a great way to create extra privacy and make your space feel snug and secure. 

Outdoor Play Areas

With kids spending more and more time looking at their mobiles, tablets, computers and TVs, parents are looking to incorporate attractive play areas into their gardens to encourage their family to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world. From climbing frames, swings and hammocks to sandpits and ponds, introduce fun and adventure into your outdoor space for your youngsters to enjoy. Use natural materials such as wood, rocks and bamboo to help the playtime features blend in with your garden design.

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Vertical Gardens

If you have a small garden, the trend for vertical planting will be music to your ears! Instead of overcrowding precious floor space, plant upwards. Inject some natural foliage into your outdoor space by mounting vases to a wall and filling them with vibrant flowers, or perhaps create a free-standing display of pot plants using shelves or an upturned pallet. ‘Living walls’ – walls completely covered in green foliage or flowers – are also a popular feature for both space-poor gardens, as well as more spacious areas. Take a look at Pinterest for lots of great vertical gardening ideas. 

Outdoor Rooms

According to the Society Of Gardeners, the trend for outdoor rooms has been around for a while and is still going strong. The idea is to extend your indoor living room out onto your patio or garden to create a greater sense of space and open-plan living. If you have large bi-fold or patio doors, create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors with coordinated tiles or paving and dress your outdoor space in much the same way as you would your house; think soft furnishings, cosy cushions, outdoor rugs and soft lighting. You may also want to incorporate a ‘roof’ for your outdoor room, as well as some heat, which can be easily achieved by installing a retractable awning with an integrated infrared heater.

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