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10 Trends in Garden Design for 2022

All our trends come from experts who’ve seen what has worked well in garden design over the past few years.  All these great ideas can be used in your garden, no matter what shape or size it is. 

Try them out and make your garden stand out. 

1) Designing Around Water

Features such as Fountains and Streams are a quick simple way to decorate your garden. There are many options when it comes to adding simple water features. This is why it's such a popular way to decorate with. However, with a little creativity, you can choose to add something a bit different. Ponds are a great unique way to take your water features to the next level. Add some real fish and it's great for the environment too.

Water feature in garden

It’s all about being unique, so don’t just do what everyone else is doing! Make sure to add these features to your garden as well as your own ideas so that you can be part of what will be trending in 2022!

2) Brick up your Garden

As beautiful as wood might be, it’s not always practical in gardens, especially if you live in an area with heavy rain or lots of snow. 

Brick is a sturdy option that works well in many environments. Its neutral colour and texture can help it blend seamlessly into any garden, but also work to add a pop of rich texture and contrast. 

Brick is a great material to use for building around your garden. One great way to use bricks in your garden is by adding a fire pit. Whether this is a smaller circular pit within a seating area or a larger Pizza style oven that you could use to cook outdoors. Either is great and will all depend on your budget and the space available in your garden. 

Brick is also a great way to divide parts of your garden acting as a divider between different areas of your garden. Whether this be different levels or just a small vegetable patch brick is a great way just to 

3) Creative Pathways

The pathway is a key element in garden design as it serves multiple purposes, and there are plenty of materials to choose from. 

If you're interested in using a creative pathway but aren't sure what's available, we've put together a list of different materials to build a stylish pathway in your garden. From cinder blocks to steel, each material offers a different look and can dramatically change your garden space.

Garden pathway

Having a pathway through your garden is great for all-year-round use. In the winter it's likely your grass maybe become very muddy and wet so having a path through your garden will allow you to walk through your garden without getting wet feet. 

Other benefits to having a pathway are that it helps to add style and structure to your garden allowing for easy access and dividing the garden up rather than just having large areas of grass in your garden without any real design or structure. 

4) Greener Gardens

From a vegetable garden to stylish planters, there are a ton of ways to make your home greener. 

Making your garden green can be as simple as adding some plants to the garden. For example, adding potted succulents to your deck or patio space is an easy way to instantly add more green while making your living space look great. 

Planting tools and plants for a garden

Succulents are popular and durable, so they’re great starter plants for beginners looking to get into gardening. Plus, they’re easy to care for! There are many varieties of succulents that can handle just about any light level or weather conditions, so you can even add them indoors if you have a big enough pot!

Another way we can add Greenery to your garden is by planting your own plants or vegetables. Although this does take a lot more commitment and patience so isn't suitable for all gardens. 

5) Creative Lighting

From garden lanterns to LED bulbs, lighting your outdoor space has never been more innovative or beautiful. 

Outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be expensive and designers are getting resourceful with materials like fishing nets and found objects like old tires. Lighting techniques can add extra safety to your garden at night too.

Creative outdoor lighting for your decking

If you’re planning on an evening stroll with your dog, adding a floodlight beneath their water bowl will ensure they always have access to fresh water whenever they need it. Whether you’re going big or small, let your home be as unique as possible. Adding unique lighting is one of many ways you can achieve that goal.

6) Garden Art Pieces

While you may think of your garden as a place to relax, it can also be a great way to get inspired. This year, we’ve seen an increase in works of art that incorporate greenery and plants both real and artificial. 

Choosing plants is important when using to Use organic materials like bamboo or locally grown trees instead as they are much better than using plastic which could be damaging to the environment. 

Garden Art

Some art looks best with more natural materials while others are designed to mimic nature so they work with both plant life and found objects alike. Plants you can use include cacti, succulents (which come in a huge variety), vines, ferns and flowers even dwarf versions of large trees are great. 

Graden art pieces come in all shapes and sizes. Here at Hillsborough, we have some great ways to add greenery without having to add massive amounts of plants to your garden. 

7) Create an Outdoor Retreat

Outdoor decking and structures will be increasingly incorporated into garden designs. Decking offers a more intimate space, perhaps with a hot tub or an outdoor kitchen, where people can relax. As decks are being added, other additions might include water features such as ponds or fountains. 

With all of these features, however, you need to consider how you’ll store them during the winter months so that they don’t create tripping hazards. When looking at trends like these, always consider your climate where it rains often or gets very cold in winter may mean that some of these trends aren’t viable solutions.

Decking is a great option when it comes to outdoor retreats there are soo many options it's very difficult to pick what type of decking is best for your home. That's why we created a blog dedicated to answering your decking questions.

8) Sustainable Landscaping Methods

The concept of sustainable landscaping is a simple one. The idea is to make your outdoor space as natural and organic as possible, while still making it practical and easy to maintain. 

This way, you’ll find your outdoor space doesn’t require any upkeep or maintenance, but if you do want to add some new trees or other plants or remove some from your garden, there will be a minimal environmental impact. 

Sustainable gardens are popular among homeowners because they help give a sense of security about environmental sustainability and provide an opportunity to enjoy nature without having to worry about long-term care.

9) DIY Garden Projects

DIY projects are a great way to add your own style and personality to your garden without breaking your budget. 

Decorating with things you’ve made yourself will also help you feel a stronger sense of ownership over your outdoor space. For example, make an indoor-outdoor throw using inexpensive materials like pillows or sweaters, then add it to your outside furniture.

DIY project

Use mason jars or planters that you make yourself to hang plants on fences or walls as a unique decorative feature. 

Another way to be more sustainable is by creating your own features in your garden. Using timber supplied to help build your own outdoor structures or vegetable patches are much better than importing a pre-built design. 

10) Green Roofs

Green roofs have gained a lot of popularity over recent years, especially among eco-conscious gardeners. They've been around longer than you might think, with examples from more than a century ago surviving to today. 

But now that modern materials and techniques have brought them back into fashion, it's time to look at how they could be used in your garden. Green roofs are generally constructed using several layers of turf and greenery held above ground by a sturdy supporting frame.

Roof top garden

 Ideally, they're designed to mimic natural habitats as closely as possible, with native flowers and plants making up their base layer. Alternatively, they can be covered with artificial turf or other types of grass if you prefer a manicured lawn look the sky really is the limit when it comes to green roof styles!

 

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