The Top 10 Garden Trends That We’ll Be Seeing Everywhere 2020

It's time to throw open your windows and doors and welcome the arrival of the new season gardening trends...

With some uncertainty of when we’ll be allowed back outside, it’s down to us to spruce up our time at home and improve our gardens to have fun with the people we live with. Fortunately, there’s plenty of inspiration for us to use to transform our gardens into a relaxing haven as the weather starts to warm up.

Updating your garden doesn’t have to be too costly or time consuming, and there are plenty of ways to give your garden space a lift without having support from the professionals.

We’ve spoken to trend experts, as well as gardeners, landscapers, and garden suppliers to learn about the growing trends in garden design this year.

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1. WILDERNESS

As the general population has become more educated on the topic of climate change so too have gardening and landscaping trends changed. Nowadays many homeowners are hiring landscapers to design gardens for them that look after themselves.

‘Green spaces inhabited by plants which can endure intense heat and require minimal watering have become very popular’, says gardening & landscaping expert Gena Lorainne from Fantastic Services. ‘Such plants are extremely climate change-friendly as they don’t require homeowners to dedicate valuable resources (like water) to help stimulate their growth’.

Grasses and bamboo are just some of the plants growing in popularity, and are perfect for low-maintenance urban spaces.

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2. WATER FEATURES

We’re also seeing an increasing number of brands responding to the demand for affordable water features (for example, modern water features start at just £125 at Cox&Cox), making water features more accessible for all.

Said to soothe the mind with the constant trickle of water, the increase in popularity could be down to the growing awareness of wellness.

Designer Alexandra Champalimaud’s garden in Litchfield USA.

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3. NATURAL MATERIALS

With a focus on sustainability, natural materials – or natural-looking materials – are top of people’s wish lists, from wood furniture to rattan, wicker and stone urns and pots. The trend even stretches to poolside design, with wood-effect, waterproof tiling.

This is the Flaviker Dakota tile available from Real Stone & Tile

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4. OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM

With the UK’s climate becoming warmer, outdoor living is increasing in popularity; Online searches for ‘outdoor furniture’ in the UK have soared nearly 20% to over 27,000 in 2019 (compared to the previous year), reaching a 16 year high in the number of searches in April (just before summer) last year. People are extending homes into the outdoors with luxury garden furniture, and the global outdoor furniture market is forecast to grow 5% by 2023.

Outdoor furniture by Ligne Rosset

Blending your exterior and interior spaces, and setting up an outdoor living room is a key trend for 2020, announced experts at Dobbies Garden Centres. It’s no longer about bringing the outside in, or the inside out, but rather merging the two together.

Selecting the right furniture is key, choosing a set that would look just as good inside is a great way to blur the line between indoors/outdoors. Low seating will ensure that the view into your garden isn’t obscured, whilst adding cushions or throws can help soften the look. Another tip is to add colours from your garden to the inside of your home which will help to really tie it all together, says Lynsey Abbot, Outdoor Living Buyer for Dobbies.

Outdoor furniture by Ligne Rosset

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Statement seating, considered purchases and timeless designs are key, says Dani, Director of Buying at Cox & Cox: ‘Now more than ever before consumers are looking for products which will last – they need to work much harder for their money. Stylish yet timeless, quality products that are fit for purpose and will have longevity. Not only do they need to look great but they need to last.’

Simon Ingham, owner of Garden House Furniture, adds: ‘Designer garden furniture is transforming homeowners’ gardens and lives, with discerning clients increasingly looking to lead healthier outdoor lifestyles by extending their homes into beautifully designed outdoor living spaces. With many of our cities expected to have a climate similar to that of Barcelona today by 2050, the trend for outdoor living is set to explode in the coming years and decades.’

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PARASOLS AND UMBRELLAS

Searches for garden umbrellas has risen by a whopping 81% compared to this time last year, while searches for garden parasols has risen by 34% compared to April last year, research by Fulton Umbrellas found.

Designer Alexandra Champalimaud’s garden in Litchfield USA

There are plenty of stylish options around, and they’re a great way of adding pattern or colour while also protecting against harsh sun or unexpected drizzle.

Parasol from the Raj tent company

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GREENHOUSES

Pinterest has revealed that searches for greenhouses has surged – particularly small and traditional greenhouse styles.

Andy Taylor, Marketing Manager at GardenSite.co.uk agrees. ‘We’ve seen an uplift of interest for the more traditional-looking structures. We are seeing an increased interest in wooden greenhouses over metal. It seems that consumers/gardeners are taking more pride and dedication to their garden and going for more traditionally made pieces, even though they’re more expensive, instead of the standard mass produced, cheaper metal varieties,’ he says. One of their most popular products is this Victorian-style compact greenhouse, costing just £373. Comparing the month of March 2019 to March 2020, sales for the The Victorian greenhouse were up 96% – nearly double for the same month year on year.

Meanwhile lean-to greenhouses have seen a decline in sales, with many manufacturers deciding to discontinue production as fewer consumers are looking for a lean-to design.

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GROW YOUR OWN

Pinterest also reported a 600% increase in searches for homemade garden boxes, as well as a 600% increase in searches for ‘DIY small garden ideas vegetables’.

‘Grow your Own is certainly big right now’, confirm experts at Dobbies, who have seen a spike in sales for lettuce, beetroot and pea plants, along with .

Whether you have a small garden, a large garden or no garden at all, everyone can build a herb garden. Compact and easy to maintain, they’re a fantastic addition to any space. Herb gardens smell fantastic and are a welcome addition to any outdoor space, plus there really is no better feeling than picking your own fresh herbs for cooking and drinking.

Whether you have a small garden, a large garden or no garden at all, everyone can build a herb garden. Compact and easy to maintain, they’re a fantastic addition to any space. Herb gardens smell fantastic and are a welcome addition to any outdoor space, plus there really is no better feeling than picking your own fresh herbs for cooking and drinking.

Picking fresh produce as you need it helps to reduce food miles, as well as excesses in food and packaging waste, something we are all becoming more mindful of. The new green spaces we create are of benefit to our pollinators and the wider environment. It also teaches the younger generation about the natural world around them, whilst for the elderly, perhaps with limited mobility, the use of a free-standing veg trug opens up opportunities to continue gardening, without the need to bend or reach.

‘Gardening in containers and raised beds is a great way to extend the growing season at times of the year when garden soil may still be too cold or wet to work. Growing plants and crops up off the ground also helps keep
your treasures away from pests such as slugs and snails’ suggest garden experts at GBC Group.

For those with little window space or limited capacity for plant pots, you could get creative by making a vertical garden, perfect for bringing a touch of life to an empty or tired wall.

Urban gardening can be done in the smallest of spaces, it increases our sense of wellbeing and encourages us to live more sustainably by growing our own food. What’s not to love?

MEDITERRANEAN STYLE

Weathered, sun-bleached woods, potted olive trees and a chalky palette of muted greys set the tone for Mediterranean inspired gardens, one of the top trends for garden inspiration this year.

What could be more bucolic than evoking the blue-sky, sun-soaked style of the Mediterranean? ‘Throw in a dash of forward-thinking Miami cool and you’ve got yourself the perfect mix,’ says Ben Adams, founder of online furniture store Rust Collections. The traditional Mediterranean look is also seeing a cool new update, influenced be design across the pond.

Ben Adams explains: ‘We’re increasingly being asked to create outdoor furniture pieces with cool white frames and raw concrete tops; this blend of upscale Miami hotel cool meets rugged, organic Mediterranean coastlines is a contemporary look that speaks to a refined rustic appeal. Just add swaying palm plants and rattan accessories to complete the bohemian look.’

Try Rust Collections’ Cuban concrete coffee table, Isla concrete cube side table and Woburn concrete dining table to get the look.

9. BOLD PAINT

Gardens are enjoying a grown-up makeover, with rich, deep tones to be a key trend for this summer.

Ronseal

Choosing darker paint colours can help create areas that are rich, warm and inviting. If your garden is enclosed, consider opting for Ronseal Fence Life Plus in Tudor Black Oak or Dark Oak, for a look that is modern and sophisticated. Decking can get the dark side treatment too. Opt for Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint in subtle grey shades, like Slate, ideal for setting off lighter accessories. This sense of playful contrast will be popular throughout summer 2020.

Ronseal

While some paint finishes are adopting chic, grown-up charcoals, another popular style that’s growing in popularity is cheerful pops of bright colour. Garden and leisure building specialists GBC Group has seen people leaning towards more playful shades, including two-tone designs.

10. OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Not just reserved for larger properties and sunnier climates, outdoor kitchens are a great way to extend your entertaining space and make the best use of your available square footage all year round. Gaze Burvill, designers and manufacturers of fine outdoor furniture and kitchens, designed this outdoor kitchen with industrial-style Dekton® Trilium for the weatther-proof worktops.

Outdoor Kitchen featuring Dekton® Trilium by Cosentino, Designed by Gaze Burvill. Dekton® starts from £450 per square metre. Photography by Chris Nicholls

Pizza oven sales are also up year-on-year, with the Ooni range at John Lewis up +18%, showing that customers were enjoying cooking them outdoors too, either to complement a BBQ or as an alfresco meal on their own.

Ooni pizza oven

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