7 Garden Trends 2020 Tipped for Success
Just what can we expect when it comes to garden design in the coming year. We take a look at some of the trends that we think will be at the top of everyone’s list.
Traditionally, gardens are laid out at floor level with shrubs and trees adding the height that can also act as a focal point. But vertical gardening looks set to change this. As well as shrubs and trees, along with border plants, adding wall pots and baskets across walls and fence panels are making its mark. Rows of baskets and pots with lush foliage and colourful flowers really can make the most of your garden and add a pretty focal point too.
Repurposing and upcycling
There is a heavy emphasis on embracing eco-friendliness in the garden, something that you would assume happens in the garden naturally. But just like in the home, some of the decision we make when gardening contributes to climate change.
Repurposing and upcycling items rather than buying new or buying plastic objects for the garden will become an increasingly popular gardening trend in 2020.
Composing and native planting will become a staple of garden design in 2020
Most councils run kerbside recycling schemes for food waste but with some considering charging an additional fee for removing green waste, gardeners are looking at how they can save money and contribute to the looking after their local environment.
Composting will become more prevalent as too with turning to natural flora and fauna in the garden. Using native plants means we encourage native insects as well as supporting bees and other important bugs.
Water will become a staple too
As weather patterns change due to climate change, we are becoming more aware of the impact on wildlife. Scientists believe that long, hot summers will become the norm and that will leave insects and other wildlife searching for food.
As well as considering adding a pond, adding a water feature will also be helpful to insects and birds but also be a delightful addition to your garden.
Think colour and scent
Sensory gardening is where you create an outdoor space that appeals to all the sense. Relaxing in the garden listening to the breeze in the trees is one of the most relaxing things you can do.
Scent also plays a part but some plants and flowers cultivated undercover may not have the scent that you want. Consider where you buy your flowers and shrubs from. And don’t forget, scented plants also attract from attention from bees!
Low maintenance and beautiful
From some of the garden designs we have seen, the emphasis is clearly on beauty but also on low maintenance. The days of fussy, complicated garden design appear to have passed, for the time being at least.
And finally, hard landscaping needs to be environmentally, especially when it comes to rainwater runoff. Green driveways are those that allow some or most of the water to seep into the natural water table below ground rather than contributing to overflowing drains and localised flooding.
If this is the year you will update your garden, how will you choose to do it?