Gardening trends to inspire you in 2020

Gardening trends to inspire you in 2020

Garden trends have altered hugely over the past decade as people change the way they use their gardens; and making them more eco-friendly is a key aim these days

Creating a practical and attractive space that's easy to maintain can seem a daunting task, especially if you don't consider yourself one of life's born gardeners. But with a little planning and preparation you can create a lovely modern garden that will ensure you want to be outside the minute the sun comes out - and that brings a wow factor to your property
 
From plants, flowers and shrubs to creating designated areas and secluded spaces in the garden, specialists Oeco Garden Rooms share their top gardening predictions on what will be trending in the garden department this year.  
 
Create designated areas
 
The ultimate goal when planning a garden is to create a flexible space which has the right combination of plants, flowers and foliage, and inviting spaces where you can relax and entertain guests. Establishing different zones can be achieved, for example, by planting simple borders, installing a patio or decking area, or putting up a fence to create secluded areas for dining/relaxing/entertaining.
invest in quality garden furniture
plant native shrubs and flowers that are bee, bird and butterfly friendly
Invest in high-quality garden furniture
 
If there's one thing that's worth investing in, then it's your garden furniture. Cheap outdoor furniture, whether it's plastic, wood, or metal, will not stand the test of time and will discolour, fade or rot within a couple of years. You will need to buy furniture that can withstand winter weather - rain, frost, snow - as well as hot summer days. So choose furniture that is sturdy, that is made with FSC-certified timbers, or reclaimed wood, that comes with a winter cover and has a guarantee of at least two years. If you buy wooden furniture, you will need to treat it with oil every year, so be clear on the maintenance required. It really is worth saving up for great quality furniture. It'll last for years and more than prove its worth.
 
Real rattan is a good material for garden furniture as it's strong and durable, and comfortable. Hardwood too is good as is powder-coated metal. When it comes to cushions, be sure the fabric used is water-resistant. 
 
Delight in native flowers, plants and shrubs
 
There's been a big shift in the type of vegetation  gardeners plant in their gardens because the emphasis now is on providing native plants to encourage local wildlife. British butterflies and bees don't want exotic plants and grasses, they thrive on our native European plants and flowers, such as lavender and nasturtiums. Perennials such as the pasque flower and bellflower create pops of colour, while primrose blooms with pale yellow flowers in spring. Wildflowers such as corncockle, pyramidal orchid and harebells add a natural look while creating an ecosystem for birds and insects.
 
Organic gardening is becoming popular as gardeners learn about the benefits of ‘going organic’. From healthier soil, stronger and bigger plants and greener lawns, to robust ecosystems of minibeasts, birds and other wildlife, organic gardening is at the forefront of reversing the damage done by decades of chemical and pesticide use.
 
There are other ways to attract wildlife to your garden, including adding a birdbath or pond, leaving a small area of your garden to grow wild for shelter and food, and by planting pollinator-friendly flowers.
 
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