What's in this year - the garden trends to try

What's in this year - the garden trends to try

Posted 5th Feb 2019

When you're thinking of a garden revamp, making sure you're aware of what's hot and what's not will be crucial.

So, that raises the question - what actually is in this year? Well, the outdoor specialists at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have released the hottest garden trends of the year - get ready to welcome in an on trend outdoor area this year!

What's in?

1. Artificial lawns

Artificial grass is nothing new - however, with UK weather increasingly unpredictable, 2019 could be the perfect time to give a fake lawn a go.

Not only does it save you from needing to remember to water your grass, but it also eases your workload during the winter months, as there will be no need to re-seed or clear up any mud.

2. Hanging baskets

Hanging baskets are actually a great, cost-effective way of injecting your garden with colour. To prepare your garden for a hanging basket, all you need is a hook on an outdoor wall or structure. 

Providing great flexibility, a high quality basket can last for years - this means that you will only need to replace the potted plants inside. You have a choice here - you can either opt for variety and replace them on a seasonal basis or, alternatively, pick a species that will last for a while.

3. Sheds

Outdoor buildings are set to undergo a revival this year, with gardeners keen to find smart storage solutions, while attempts to reconnect with nature become increasingly popular.

Whether it's for producing your own nutritious homegrown fruit and vegetables or because you want to add some year round colour through a diverse plants species, UK homeowners are starting to enhance their horizons.

However, a beautiful garden not only requires time and effort, but also the right tools. Where better to store them than the classic shed?

4. Composting

Aim to squeeze each and every ounce of goodness out of your food by cutting down on waste - it's a growing trend in the increasingly environmentally conscious world we're in.

Instead of throwing leftovers and gone off food in the bin or recycling box, more and more Brits are starting to make their own compost heaps.

With plants benefitting from the additional nutrition that comes from being fed a homemade fertiliser, gardeners can save money too.

What isn't?

1. Water features

They may once have been a real hit but those ugly stone sculptures are no longer in fashion. Instead, they're becoming a thing of the past, with more Brits turning to organic beauty instead.

While spectacular and beautiful public water features are one thing, a neglected backyard version can become an eyesore.

Now, UK gardeners are starting to replace theirs with an exotic or unusual plant that provides a natural centrepiece.

Alternatively, why not try wooden art sculptures, practical garden buildings, or even bird boxes and baths? These all give winged wildlife somewhere to shelter in gardens up and down the country.

2. Lilies

While they're incredibly pretty to look at, Brits are starting to turn their back on lilies because they're poisonous to pets, and are likely to cause sickness and major health problems if eaten.

This isn't helped by the fact that they are normally grown in shady corners of the garden, the area where pets particularly love to explore. So, when it comes down to it, how can you protect your domestic animals? Well, the safest bet will be to remove lilies, or at the very least, get rid of the stems when the orange berries start to ripen.

3. Gnomes

Ah, the garden gnome - it's something you'll either love or hate. A gnome has that rare ability to instantly ruin a garden, especially as they normally pop up in small hoards. They're likely to get in the way of plants and as they spend so long exposed to the elements, provide no value as antiques either.

Their one selling point? They could help to get children engaging in your garden, but even then, they're most likely to prefer an outdoor toy or two.

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