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4 top garden design trends for 2021

From land art to re-wilding, here are the garden design trends to know about this year - which ones will you try?

Our gardens are certainly getting their fair share of use lately – come rain or shine (anyone else huddled around a chiminea and shivered their way through a bottle of wine with friends of an evening?)

Bowles & Wyer garden

But while we’re constantly keeping our ears to the ground when it comes to interior style – a bold new hue here, or a statement wallpaper there – when was the last time you thought about the latest garden trends?

Luckily, we’ve got the inside line on THE garden trends to explore this year from James Smith, Design Director of luxe landscape design company, Bowles & Wyer. Your garden is your oyster!

1. MULTI-PURPOSE SPACES

Being forced to spend more time at home has really focussed our attention on our gardens recently. We’re increasingly looking to upgrade and re-design our outdoor spaces to better suit ourselves and our families.

Bowles & Wyer garden design

Mental health, comfort and stimulation lies at the heart of this, meaning that gardens need to become more multi-faceted. Not only do they need to be relaxing spaces where you can watch seasonal change, but provide space to exercise, garden, and entertain.

Gardens are being designed similarly to interior spaces – with comfy, multi-functional furniture, lighting, heating and perhaps even the odd chin-up bar, play area or outdoor kitchen.

2. PROTECTING THE PLANET

David Attenborough’s ‘A Life On Our Planet’ brought sharply into focus the problems we face on Earth, both now and in future. It’s important that we change our mindset, and garden design can be a part of this.

Re-wilding has long been a garden design trend, but is more relevant this year than ever. Whether it’s creating no-mow areas, establishing wildflower meadows, or planting to increase local biodiversity.

Think about using more sustainable materials in your garden, reducing waste and recycling as much as possible.

Bowles & Wyer garden design

3. WORKING WITH THE LAND

Although garden design is about re-creating an outdoor space, it doesn’t mean you can’t work with what’s already there – namely the earth. Sculpting gardens with existing soil and sub-soils is becoming ever more popular. Land sculpting and land art projects are some of the more creative ways that garden designers are re-using material. Plus it’s better for the environment, too.

4. GROW YOUR OWN

vegetable patch

The past year has taught us all to become more mindful about being self-sufficient, so many of us have experimented with growing our own – from small pots to larger patches. We’re expecting to see an increasing demand for veg patches as part of garden designs next year. After all, what’s more satisfying than eating something you’ve grown yourself?

Thinking of enlisting the experts? Get in touch with Landscape Design Company, Bowles & Wyer to see how they could re-imagine your garden.

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