1. Attracting wildlife
Gardens have always been a welcoming refuge for all kinds of animals, from foxes and badgers to frogs, squirrels and birds. This year we will see an increase in homeowners incorporating ponds, log piles, plants for pollinators and bee hotels into their outdoor spaces in order to encourage further creatures to enter. Meanwhile, organic pesticides that don’t harm the environment or animals will also replace chemical versions.
2. Outdoor play
Parents, in an effort to inspire their children to spend more time outdoors, are opting for child-friendly garden designs. Key features such as blackboards, sand pits, climbing frames and mini wildlife ponds are incorporated into the design process from the start to create pleasant gardens for all the family. 2020 is all about encouraging younger members of the family to ditch the computer games and TVs and enjoy the benefits of outdoor play.
3. Vertical gardens
Ideal for smaller outdoor areas, vertical gardening enables anyone with any size garden to incorporate green into their outdoor space. Living walls – or green walls – make use of every surface and help create striking and colourful ‘vertical jungles’. Plants, climbers, herbs, grasses and ferns will spread over fences or walls and can be trained into place on wires to create pretty patterns, too. Alternatively, wall planter pots containing trailing plants and flowers make eye-catching additions. Good to know: heuchera, thyme, sedum, Carex and Ajuga are ideal for green walls.
4. DIY garden features
Repurposing or recycling old garden or home items doesn’t just save money, it also helps minimise the impact of consumerism on the environment. By making your own quirky garden features you are playing your very own small part in reducing climate change – how good does that feel? Take on simple projects like creating flower planters out of cracked birdbaths, using an unused photo frame to house hanging planters or upcycling crates or pallets to make bespoke, rustic garden furniture, to really make your garden unique.
5. Biophilic design
Biophilic design is used in outdoor spaces as a method of incorporating natural elements alongside constructed features. This type of design reconnects us with nature and has a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits, from reducing stress to enhancing multi-sensory experiences. Wooden planters, gushing water and plants are combined with hard landscaping aspects such as patios and pergolas to add texture and an organic ambience to outdoor spaces.
With the rise in popularity of alfresco living, it’s little wonder that gardens and back yards are now being transformed into beautiful and functional additional “rooms” that can be enjoyed all year round. Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and through clever garden design you can ensure you are making the most of every inch. Hand-built wooden structures can create frames in which to house an outdoor bar, fitted outdoor kitchen, hot tub or a relaxing living area, whilst additions such as outdoor fireplaces and rug-design paving add to the desired homely feel and enable the indoors to flow naturally outside. Garden designers will create individual zones using clean, sleek lines and contrasting colours and materials to define areas/rooms.
7. Pet-friendly spaces
Considered part of the family, pets use our gardens as much as we do, so it’s only fair we make them safe, fun and functional spaces for our furry friends, too. Let loose on the lawn or borders, cats and dogs can wreak havoc – from digging up your prize plants or burrowing holes in the grass to using your well-maintained soil as a toilet. Introducing the ‘catio’ for cats and dog patios for, erm, dogs. These enclosed garden features help keep the animals safe and stimulated, with mini-gardens to run about, climbing frames to get some exercise and seating areas for owners to relax with their pets. Artificial grass or turf is also useful for those with pets, as it requires barely any maintenance and is resilient to all types of weather and puppy power. Meanwhile, pet sanctuaries can be easily created using cushions, bedding and pee pads so your animal friends can relax comfortably in their own private outdoor space.
With a few garden design tweaks you too can transform your outdoor space into a trendy haven for the whole family. Need a hand? Evergreen’s garden design team is committed to making every outdoor space meet its full potential – get in touch with our Cheshire garden designers if you’re feeling inspired!