The Top Garden Trends of 2017
The winter has finally passed, and we are well on our way to the great British summertime. On the off chance we get one or two sunny days in the whole of July and August, best hedge your bets and read up on our top garden trends of 2017 to make sure your garden is the neighbourhood hotspot.
Small gardens no longer need to limit your landscaping ambitions. This year the popularity of Urban Gardening has continued to rise, emphasising the trend of making the most of small spaces. If you feel cramped or confined in your garden try installing an outdoor mirror. Not only will this reflect and make your garden feel brighter, it will also help to give the illusion of space.
A huge trend this year is the incorporation of more natural materials into our gardens and their furnishings. The idea is to create a messy, less manufactured effect. Garden blogger halfagarden.com used York stone to pave his previously ‘scrappy dog-damaged grass’ creating a small courtyard garden. You can read his full post here for inspiration on how to DIY your way back to a more natural garden.
An Extension of the Home
These days a garden is not just a garden, it is thought of as an entire ‘room’ of its own. For this reason ideas intended for the interior are now also applying to the exterior. Take the Danish concept of hygge for example. This is the idea of appreciating small moments of happiness in life. One of the simplest ways of achieving it is in the use of candles – which the Danish are expert at. This can be incorporated in the garden through the use of outdoor lighting. Try these by festive-lights.com to give your garden a homely ambiance.
Something Old, Something New
For those who really just can’t decide what style to bring to their garden, try merging traditional or old fashioned styles with modern pieces. Award winning artist Richard Long combines natural materials with geometric designs to create a wonderful mix of old and new. He was recently interviewed on his pieces for Houghton House. His designs, although modern, compliment the 17th century house beautifully, displaying expertly the trend of merging old traditions with new innovations.