Garden Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018

Whether you’re in need of a complete garden re-design or simply want to upgrade what you already have, we’ve compiled the top trends of 2018 with insight from gardening experts and designers on planting, materials, and design styles.

Dining Alfresco

Alfresco Festoon Light Canopy

Spring and summer is the ideal time for enjoying the outdoor space, and alfresco dining is set to be bigger than ever this year. Outdoor entertaining and kitchen areas will be a key trend, says The Greenhouse People. “It’s perfect for those of us who lack space in our kitchens or dining rooms, as we can move entertaining friends and family outside,” they explain. “Create a dedicated area with comfy furniture and mood lighting, complete with a sunken fire pit, BBQ or pizza oven.”

Vibrant Colors

John Lewis House by John Lewis Salsa 2-seater garden sofa £140, House by John Lewis Salsa outdoor side table £79, House by John Lewis Salsa garden chair, (set of 2) £140

“Applying muted tones like grey to your woven furniture is increasingly popular, adding an element of sophistication to your outdoor living area,” says the team at John Lewis. “However, as well as the popularity of natural colors and finishes, more of us are becoming braver in our outdoor furniture choices – looking to inject pops of vibrant color into our outdoor spaces using contemporary furniture designs and cutting-edge textile design.”

Balcony Gardening

Bistro chairs and table on balcony with view in the yard

Balcony gardening has been on a steady rise in recent years, but now, with more people living in rented properties or with little or no outdoor space in city areas, this new approach to gardening is proving to be popular.

Compact Sheds 

The Posh Shed Company, garden shed

“Garden space is at a premium for most homeowners,” explains Richard Frost, managing director at The Posh Shed Company, who had a 300% increase in sales of its Chelsea shed in 2017. “The Chelsea is unique for a shed as it features built-in shelving on the outside so that capacity is maximized without internal space being compromised.”

Growing Your Own

Flymo Garden Trends 2018 - Grow Your Own Protein

“Coupled with rising food prices and a growing appreciation of organic produce, in 2018 the grow your own movement will really see a resurgence,” explains The Greenhouse People.

Solar Lights

Solar Damasque Garden Lantern, The Glow Company

Posh Shed explains that 2018 will see “growth in the solar market in the garden,” and not just for ornamental lighting, but for practical solutions too. Frost adds: “We now offer solar hubs with our sheds to grant gardeners the ability to charge their phone or even power a light so they can stay outdoors longer.”

Copper in All Forms

Paul Hensey - Green Zone Design copper2

Wood-Effect Porcelain Tiles 

Parlor Wood Effect Tiles - Garden - Walls and Floors Ltd

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