Written by Christina Chrysostomou

10 of the biggest garden design trends for 2021

These inspiring garden trends will help you make your outdoor space look its best, no matter its size.

Squires Corner Suite with built-in fire pit

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Research by the Horticultural Trades Association has shown that lockdown in 2020 created another 3 million more gardeners. So what should you be planting in your garden this year? We spoke to Squire’s Garden Centres who shared some of the key garden trends cropping up in 2021.

Bright colours 

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Following on from the rainbows that adorned many windows across the country in 2020, people want some cheer and joy in their gardens, and an injection of colourful plants does just that.

Grow your own

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There’s no greater reward than growing your own fruit and veg, and we’re increasingly conscious of where our food is sourced. So, whether you have a windowsill, balcony, patio or garden, why go garden-to-table with your next meal?

The most used gardening hashtag on Instagram in 2020 was #growyourown, with #organicgardening and #vegetablegarden trailing closely behind.

Switching to peat-free and eco composts

3. Peat Free & Eco Compost

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As we become more conscious consumers, the demand for sustainable compost has grown. Choosing the right compost means stronger, healthier plants and bigger, better harvests.

Thankfully, there’s a wide selection of composts to suit every gardening task available at garden centres and DIY stores nationwide.

Best of British

Lavender and rose bush

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‘Cottagecore’ and ‘Regencycore’ trends have seen a renaissance, due to the popular Netflix series, Bridgerton, and the same grace and charm can be extended to your outdoor space.

Support local businesses by using traditional brick and paving, and densely plant with a mix of ornamental and edible plans such as roses, sweet peas, lavender and Nasturtum.

Haute houseplants

Cactus plant

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Houseplants have massively increased in popularity over the last few years, and retro plants that were popular in the 1970’s are back in fashion. Google Trends and Instagram research has shown that plants such as Cactus,  Aloe Vera and Chinese money plants have seen some of the highest increases in searches in 2020, so will be very on trend in 2021!

Wildlife garden

Hedgehog

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Many people are pruning and mowing less, or leaving a patch of their garden wild to create a haven for birds, bees, butterflies and hedgehogs.

Do your part by adding wildflowers, bird feeders, a hedgehog home or bug hotel, and leave out fresh water if you don’t have a pond.

Read more: How to help wildlife in your garden this winter

Zen Garden

Zen Garden - Tree Wall Art (£49.99) at Squire's

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More so than ever, the garden will be a place to relax and escape in 2021, especially during the national lockdown.

Plants such as eucalyptus and bamboo will give a serene feel to gardens, and expect to swap water features for contemporary metal sculptures and wall art.

The Mediterranean Garden


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Missing your Med holiday? Bring sunshine to your garden by including plants and herbs that will give you that laid-back vibe. Architectural plants such as palm trees and yuccas will add height and exotic drama, whilst jasmine can add that beautiful holiday scent.

As well as looking good, they are low maintenance, needing little watering. Plant in terracotta pots for to recreate an authentic landscape.

White Garden

White flowers

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If you want your flowers to illuminate your evenings, a white garden could be the answer.

Choose a dark backdrop, deep green foliage or a dark fence, and add some eye-catching white flowers for the ultimate sophisticated and Instagramabble backdrop.

Bring the inside out

Squires Corner Suite with built-in fire pit

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Gardens are rooms to decorate, so just as you would invest in a sofa or table for the home, ensure that your outdoor furniture looks good and is comfortable.

Consider modular furniture that can change depending on the number of guests, ready for when social restrictions are lifted. Outdoor dining is a popular trend, so keep an eye out for BBQs and pizza oven for the ultimate in alfresco eating.

Which garden decor trend will you follow? Tell us or share a photo of your outdoor space by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or posting a comment on our Facebook page.

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