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The December holidays are almost here. Are you itching to prepare your outdoor space for fun in the sun?

Summer 2023/2024 is predicted to be a season of refreshing, innovative garden design trends.

Here are the top garden design trends you can look forward to.

Sustainable garden decor

In an era of growing environmental consciousness, sustainable garden design is more than just a trend; it’s a way of life.

Many gardeners are embracing eco-friendly practices like upcycling, recycling, and reusing materials to create beautiful, environmentally responsible garden spaces.

It’s worth noting that:

  • Upcycling has gained immense popularity in recent years, and it’s now making its way into garden design. For example, gardeners are transforming old pallets into stylish garden furniture and using discarded tyres, tins, and other materials for planters. Not only does this practice reduce waste, but it also adds a touch of rustic charm.
  • Recycling is another key aspect of sustainable gardening. Consider using recycled, eco-friendly materials like peach pips or rooibos mulch for garden paths. Another idea is to incorporate recycled glass into eye-catching mosaic designs for garden furniture.

  • Repurposing items you already have can be a delightful way to enhance your garden. Vintage garden decor, such as weathered garden pots and aged wooden furniture, can lend timeless appeal to your outdoor space. Old wheelbarrows or wooden crates can serve as charming planters, adding character to your garden.

Eco-friendly gardens

As the world comes to grips with climate change, climate-conscious gardens are increasing in popularity.

Gardeners are adopting practices that make their outdoor spaces beautiful and contribute positively to the environment. This trend includes planting indigenous plants to support local wildlife, using rainwater harvesting systems to conserve water, and reducing chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

Using waterwise plants is also gaining momentum. These drought-resistant plants reduce water consumption and make for low-maintenance gardening. With a wide range of stunning plants and trees available in our online store, achieving sustainability and sophistication is easy.

Cottage-style gardens

Cottage-style gardens are making a romantic resurgence in the world of garden design. These gardens evoke a sense of nostalgia with colourful blooms, whimsical pathways, and charming, rustic elements.

With an emphasis on wildflowers, climbing roses, and a relaxed, unstructured layout, cottage-style gardens transport us back to simpler times.

Greening the indoors

With an increasing focus on bringing the outdoors in, homeowners are styling their living spaces with various houseplants. This practice helps to bring the outside world into our homes, making for more relaxing, health-boosting spaces.

Terracotta tones

Terracotta tones are making a strong comeback in garden design this summer. These warm, earthy hues provide a striking contrast to the vibrant greens of most plants. Terracotta pots, pavers, tiles, and garden decor can also add elegance to your outdoor space.

Bold colours to add personality

While earthy tones dominate, this season also celebrates bold, vibrant colours. Think vivid blues, rich reds, and sunny yellows (similar to what’s been trending on catwalks across the globe). Incorporate these shades through eye-catching garden furniture, outdoor rugs, pots, and planters.

Boldly coloured garden pots can act as focal points, drawing the eye and creating a sense of excitement in your garden. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colours to create a lively, dynamic atmosphere.

Patterned pots and pavers

Patterned pots and pavers are also popular this summer. Delicate, intricate designs and bold geometric patterns can both add a touch of artistry to your garden. For pavers, consider herringbone patterns or Moroccan-inspired motifs.

Water features for serenity and ambience

Water features have always been a staple in garden design, but they’re taking on a new level of importance this summer. They provide soothing sounds and visual appeal and serve as focal points that can help cool down your garden. From elegant fountains to natural-looking ponds, there’s a water feature to suit your style out there.

Versatile and stylish box planters

Box planters are versatile additions to any garden. Use them to define garden borders, create visual interest, or even serve as a privacy screen.

To stay on-trend, consider painting your box planters in bold colours or incorporating patterns that match your overall garden design. Of course, terracotta planters are also bang on trend.

Gardens for mental health

Gardens are not only about aesthetics but also about promoting our health and well-being. More than ever, we’re starting to recognise the therapeutic benefits of gardens and turning them into sanctuaries of relaxation and rejuvenation.

From lush greenery to peaceful reading corners, our outdoor spaces offer calm and peace – the perfect antidote to our busy lifestyles.

Let’s do the heavy lifting

Did you know our in-house experts are always available to provide information and advice? Or that you can shop for all your favourite plants, pots, and accessories online and get them delivered to your door? We’re here to help you create the garden of your dreams.

Whichever trends you embrace, let your garden reflect your personality and be a space of joy and relaxation for your loved ones.