6 Scorching trends for your garden this summer

As we head into the summer months we dream of spending time in the outdoors, especially our gardens.  At this time of year, you tend to find the DIY stores packed with people looking to make-over their outdoor spaces, maybe you’re one of them?  If you’re looking for inspiration we have six key 2018 trends for your garden.

 

  1. Outdoor living

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We may not get the weather that many of our overseas cousins do, but they do create spaces that truly embody the spirit of outdoor living.  Outdoor kitchens have been growing in popularity in recent years, and are predicted to be big this year.  This means creating a dedicated space for cooking, eating and entertaining. ‘Plug and play’ pergolas are set to be a must-have garden feature this summer with their integrated heating, lighting and drainage.

 

  1. Encouraging wildlife

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Photo by Josephine Amalie Paysen on Unsplash

 

More and more of us are conscious about how our gardens can not only encourage wildlife but also help sustain dying spices such as bees.  This has led to an increase in the popularity of native plants and locally sourced materials.  Wildflowers are also an integral feature of many ecological gardens.

 

  1. Grow your own

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We’re sure you won’t be surprised to learn that growing your own continues to be popular in homes across the UK.  Some of this growth can be attributed to changes in lifestyle, with many of us now turning to a more plant-based diet.

 

Although many of us potter, others are more determined to become self-sufficient; the experts advise that to increase your yield of fresh fruit and vegetables, a greenhouse is a worthwhile investment.

 

  1. Mindfulness

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Water Bowl Scupper 26, Solus Decor

 

We are more aware of our mental health today than we ever have been before, and our gardens can play a tiny part in creating a space that is calming and also stimulates the senses.  A water feature can provide that relaxing ambience, whereas strong-scented plants such as lavender can prove therapeutic, also add peaceful blues and energising yellows.

 

 

  1. Wabi-sabi

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If you’re more of a hands-off gardener than a green-fingered devotee, you will be happy to learn about this new way of looking at your garden.  The Japanese have been practising the art of wabi-sabi since the 15th century, it’s an acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.

 

You want to balance nurture and nature, and enjoy the beauty of the natural imperfections of your garden and its moss-covered stones, weathered pots and overgrown perennials.

 

  1. A touch of copper

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VonHaus Copper Fire Pit, £44.99 Domu Brands

 

Copper has been a key interior trend in recent years, and now this metal’s appeal has moved to our external areas.  Creating a sense of warmth. it is a wonderful contrast to wood, stone and gravel.