What’s going to be big in gardens can be much harder to predict than interior trends because of one major variable: the weather. So far this year we’ve had multiple incarnations of the ‘Beast From The East’, glorious sunshine, and everything in between. Ignoring the weather, we've taken a look at some of the trends that you can take outside this summer.

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Outdoor Living

We love getting outside when the weather permits, so outdoors sofas are nothing new. This year, we’re expecting to see outdoor living become more popular than ever. That could mean everything from ‘plug and play’ pergolas which are fully plumbed, heated, and have lighting so you can enjoy your garden all year round, to outdoor kitchens with dedicated cooking areas, work surfaces and even refrigerators.

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Wabi-Sabi

One of our favourite trends for 2018 is a Japanese art form which grew from ancient Buddhist philosophy. Wabi-Sabi is the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Yes, you read that right – not everything has to be perfect. That isn’t to say you should leave your garden to its own devices but it can certainly allow for slightly less intensive gardening.

Maintain your fences and paths as you usually would (a fresh lick of paint when needed is plenty), and add natural or manmade objects which can be admired for their imperfection to bring Wabi-Sabi to your outdoor spaces. Keep things sustainable by using pre-owned items, or repairing older furniture which might have seen better days.

Power Of Plants

Gardens always make us think of somewhere peaceful where we can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. The act of gardening has long been praised for its therapeutic nature, but did you know simply being in a garden can have a similarly positive impact on well-being?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to putting together a feel-good garden. Consider whether you enjoy gardening, or simply being in the garden to determine how high or low maintenance you should make the space. Take a look at last year’s Feel Good Garden from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for inspiration.

Vibrant Touches

 

Just like it would it be inside your home, colour is a really important element to consider when planning your garden. With poor weather this spring, we’re unlikely to see particularly colourful displays at garden shows, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your outdoor spaces. Add bright flower pots, re-paint tired wooden benches, or add statement soft furnishings to help cheer up your garden.

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