In 2020 the garden was the place to be, a trend that is looking set to continue into 2021.
In 2020 the garden was the place to be, a trend that is looking set to continue into 2021 and after all spending time outside makes us happy, whether pottering about in the garden, having a game of football or relaxing with a drink. In particular wild gardens and the indoor/outdoor trends have become increasingly popular.
Wild gardens can be anything from making the space less formal, with more meandering lines with borders overflowing with plants, encompassing a few wild flowers or making the garden more wildlife friendly. Wild flowers are easy to include, whether replacing some lawn with wildflower turf or adding a few bulbs or plug plants to it. There are plenty to choose from to encourage insects into the borders, from the white umbels of Achillea millefolium (yarrow), the cheerful white with yellow centres of Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy). In shades of blue they range from the pale Knautia arvensis (field scabious) to the vibrant Centaurea cyanus (cornflower).
Apart from wildflowers there is a vast range of bee friendly plants, at the front of a border or along a path they love plants such as lavender, the purple of Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ and the lilac of Munstead or geraniums in any colour to fit in with the existing colour palette.
In the middle of the border plants such as the vibrant pink of Echinacea purpurea and the yellow whorls of Phlomis russeliana with the tall lilac flowers Verbena bonariensis, perfect for the back of a border. Adding a bug hotel, there are an amazing range of styles to choose from, ready to hang on a fence or a hedgehog house will also encourage the wildlife in.
Something as simple as leaving a small gap at the bottom of the fence can make a difference allowing hedgehogs to wander from garden to garden, helping them to find food and shelter.
Whether wanting to extend the living space outside or bring the outdoors in, one of the first things to consider (particularly when planning a new garden) is the paving.
Many companies now offer an outdoor and an indoor version of porcelain tiles to be able to link the two spaces together. Other ways to do this, if using the same flooring isn’t an option, is to think about using the same colour palette, perhaps pale coloured stone or wood or have it laid in the same direction to draw the eye into the garden.
Indoors/outdoors is also all about re-imagining and using outdoor areas in the same way the house is used, an outdoor kitchen to be able to cook and entertain in. This could be anything from adding a shelf or table for food preparation next to the barbecue to thinking about an area of the terrace or garden where a cooking area could be added.
It can include anything from a barbecue, a pizza oven, a beer fridge or seating area, the only limit is the boundary of the garden. With more people working at home and more of the family around, outdoor seating areas have become increasingly important. One of the simplest ways to do this is to add a small working space or coffee area with a bench or bistro set, to allow you to enjoy a change of scenery on a warm spring or summer’s day.
Time to get planning!
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