The Hottest Garden Trends For 2020
24th January 2020
Just like home interiors trends alter year on year, season to season, so do the trends for gardens. In previous years we’ve seen an overwhelming number of gardens take the hard landscaping theme and running it across both their back and front yards, we’ve had the Japanese inspired gardens, the beautifully sculpted gardens with their topiary hedges but what IS in store for this year?
Here are our predicted hottest garden trends for 2020:
Traditional English Garden
With the British public becoming more and more aware of environmental issues, this is the year we will see action being taken in our own outdoor spaces. With the decline of bees which are vital to our eco-system, this garden trend will see more use of highly fragranced plants such as Lavender, Clematis, Wisteria, sweet peas and Honeysuckle, all of which are very traditional looking. Flower beds will be brimming with flowers like these, mixed in with grasses and blossoming trees to make use of every ounce of soil and to create a busy yet stunning garden to look at.
This trend has been slowly working its way into gardens over the last year or so and with the arrival of more seed bomb companies on the market, it has never been easier to create a beautiful wildflower meadow in even the smallest garden. Simply throw your seed bombs in the designated spot (check the instructions as some require a particular time of year to take) and wait for them to do the job all on their own. You could add this to your lawn, to grow between your flowers in a flower bed or on an area that has been laying bare lacking any inspiration from you.
Vertical gardening is a fantastic way of utilising as much space as you can in your garden which is perfect for those with smaller outdoor spaces. Some ideas that are coming through for this year include planting up lots of window boxes which can then be attached to a garden fence or wall, creating your own living wall, using flower pot rings to hang pots from walls or by building your own wooden frame to hold flowers and plants. Not only do these help to cover-up unsightly walls, but they will also make a big impact when you enter your garden.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Still with the eco focus in mind, there has been a significant increase in people upcycling items in order to focus on the reuse, reduce and recycle message. Inside the home we have seen how simple it is to paint old furniture in order to give it a new lease of life and that is also true for the garden. Pallets can make wonderful tables and chair sets for the patio, old bookcases can make beautiful plant pot holders, an old wheelbarrow can make a lovely flower bed, even old tin cans can be painted and turned into candle holders or flower pots. Mixing and matching makes this 2020 trend even hotter so don’t worry about making everything matchy-matchy, go with your own artistic flair and see what you can come up with.
Wall murals are making a big impression this year and it’s not difficult to see why. They are such a fantastic way of brightening up a corner of your garden, they are an effective way of breaking up a lot of brickwork and they can make a bold statement in any garden theme. You can either attempt to give a wall mural go yourself or have a wall design commissioned by a local artist.
Not only do water features look great they also attract more wildlife to your garden too. Ideas for this year could include adding a small pond to bring birds, dragon flys, water bugs and possibly frogs. However, if you don’t have the space for this, you could opt for a simple waterfall feature which will still provide hydration for the wildlife and will also look pretty and contemporary. And for a more traditional look, you could add several birdbaths around your garden.
Grow Your Own
In a bid to become more sustainable, there has been an increase in people attempting to grow their own either at home or on an allotment plot. Not only is this great for the environment it is also a fun hobby. You don’t even need to have a large area in your garden to achieve this. A raised planter can hold several varieties of vegetables and once you get the hang of things you could extend your new hobby into other areas or think about purchasing a greenhouse. Your grow your own section will become such a talking point with any guests.
Outdoor space has become more and more important to us in recent years and being able to enjoy that whilst working, whilst entertaining, whilst exercising is such a luxury and this is precisely why having a garden room built is one of the hottest garden trends for 2020. All modern garden rooms come fully insulated, with electricity and heating and can even be plumbed in to have a kitchen or bathroom which means you can enjoy this trend all year round. The function of the room itself can be whatever you choose it to be– art studio, dining room, games room, home office, yoga studio– and it will provide you with years and years of convenience and pleasure. With many designs now available to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect garden room that will fit in with your 2020 garden trends.
Those are our predictions for the hottest garden trends for 2020, do you have any others that you love?