Now that the summertime has begun, you’ll want to get your garden looking beautiful. There are always new garden trends to make your outside space a place you want to spend time. Let’s explore some of the hottest new garden trends in recent years.
1 . Go Wild Garden Trends
Over the past couple of years, gardeners are moving away from the more obviously designed spaces to embrace more naturalistic planting. This year, people are creating gardens with a wild and natural look. This year, people are creating gardens with a wild and natural look. For instance, adding tall Thuja Green Giant trees and palms is very trendy and provides a great purpose. They will enhance the privacy of your garden and encourage more wildlife. Gardeners are looking for different ways to bring wildlife into the garden, from hedgehogs and butterflies to insects and birds. Planting flowers like the Buddleja will attract butterflies to your garden. These add a beautiful splash of color, with their pink and purple plumes. To bring hedgehogs into your garden, consider planting hedges to act as garden walls with cherry or beech rather than stone walls.
2. LANDSCAPE DECOR GARDEN TRENDS
There are plenty of ways to beautify your green spaces using Landscape Decor. Water features like bird fountains and birdbaths can become a focal point in your outdoor space, and attract more birds. There are many different types of birdbaths to choose from, for example, the pedestal birdbath. The pedestal birdbath has a quaint and classic design. These baths are raised high off the ground, protecting birds from predators. If you live in a cold climate a heated birdbath is the go-to-choice to attract birds all winter long You can also choose hanging birdbaths, which are usually attached to trees. These look pretty but are a little less grand than pedestal birdbaths. Other landscape decor options include statues or garden benches.
Is yard work and gardens a challenge for you? Why not make some creations for your yard that don’t need watering and add that extra wow factor!
3. ‘INDOOR’ DÉCOR TRENDS
Another current trend is creating outdoor living rooms that are as comfortable as your indoor space. Choose garden furniture that resembles your furniture indoors with soft sofas and big plush cushions. Try colorful garden rugs for your deck, ornaments, and potted plants. The ‘indoor’ style decor allows you to create an inviting garden. Your garden should act as an extension of your home, another fully functional living space to use for your leisure. When you’re choosing the color schemes for your garden, dare to go bold and bright. If you want to get creative with your decor why not try a few garden upcycling ideas with the use of repurposed materials.
4. A FOCUS ON PERMACULTURE TRENDS
A growing trend is Permaculture gardening which refers to the process of edible gardening, growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits. The term itself means ‘permanent agriculture’. It relies on using the sun, rain, and wind, to keep your garden healthy. With this holistic approach, you don’t need to put in lots of work to create a beautiful garden. The approach uses 12 permaculture guidelines, a few are as follows:
- Store energy, using renewable resources.
- Avoid producing waste, keeping trash to a minimum.
- Use creativity to adjust to change.
- Integrate, and work with your plants and with nature.
5. GARDEN OFFICE TRENDS
With more people working from home than ever before, the garden office trend has taken off. These are like small summer houses or garden rooms (except they are used as office space). Sometimes these are called ‘garden pods’. When you’re working from home, it can be useful to have a designated space. You’ll improve your focus, and find it easier to separate your home life and your work life.
It can be helpful to sketch up a plan before you start making changes to your garden. Have an approximate idea of the layout, color schemes, and budget.
6. STRAW BALE GARDEN TRENDS
One of the biggest garden trends is straw bale gardens. They can be used to grow many types of plants and can easily be used if you are gardening in a small space. Using straw bales as the base for a garden allows you to start fresh every year without the need for permanent garden beds. You begin each season with fresh soil which means you don’t have to worry about soil health or soil contamination with spores. Another good reason to use straw bales is that they provide great drainage and take less maintenance. They are fully compostable at the end of the growing season. I am writing about my journey with straw bale gardening and you can see some of my posts.
Here are a few other gardening trends:
- Create a wildlife garden to attract your local wildlife.
- In small urban gardens or a balcony garden use container plants. You can even grow your own food in containers.
- Attempt to incorporate as many native plants as possible to create a sustainable garden.
- Plant rain gardens
- Create gravel gardens and hard landscaping with water-wise plants to combat drought conditions and decrease water use.
- Create cottage gardens
- Use natural materials
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