Bored of looking out the window at a lacklustre garden? We’ve done the legwork for you and put together five key garden trends for 2018, just in time for the Summer season. Spend a little time and effort, and create a perfect space for outdoor dining, weekend BBQ’s and sunny Sunday afternoons.
1. Make things eco-friendly
Bring your garden to life by creating a space that will benefit local animals and wildlife. Climbing plants such as ivy or clematis are great sources of food and pollen, as well as being able to provide cover for birds and insects all year round. If you don’t have space in your garden for a climbing plant, lavender is easy to maintain and famously a bee favourite.
2. From plant to plate
With big trends in sustainability and people thinking more about what they’re putting into their bodies, Veganism has been on the rise. Eating plant-based makes it easy to grow your own meals at home, plus it’s cheaper than buying in. There’s lots of veg that thrives in British gardens: salad leaves can be grown in window boxes and beetroot only needs a little bit of moist soil to flourish.
3. Small doesn’t always mean limited
More and more people are living centrally these days, which means garden spaces are growing smaller, but being limited in space doesn’t mean being limited in possibilities. There’s been a rise in people getting creative with the area they’ve got by creating vertical planters – cheap to buy online but even more cost-effective to create your own. There are so many clever ways to save space, and you’ll find lots of inspiration on Pinterest.
4. Al-fresco dining
As the weather gets warmer, eating outside is a nice way to make the most of the sun. Why not enjoy your dinner in the garden by creating a breakout area on the decking? Add outdoor furniture, lanterns and bunting decoration for a quick-fix. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a space for summer mealtimes. It’s cheap to buy furniture or it’s easy to make your own from recycled palettes.
5. Prepare your decking
With a lot more time spent outside during the summer months, your garden needs to be in top condition. Although we like to think June, July and August will be hot and sunny, the reality is sometimes quite different. That’s why it’s important to make sure your decking is prepared with DeckWright Anti-slip Inserts – keep it free from trips and falls and enjoy your trendy new garden safely.
Find out more about how DeckWright anti-slip inserts can help you enjoy your outdoor area safely here.