Garden Design Trends for 2019
As another new year begins, now is a great time to be planning our gardens for the year ahead.
Before we know where we are the nicer weather will be upon us, so it’s important to get an action plan in place as early as possible.
Whether you are looking simply to improve your garden throughout the coming year or considering a complete garden overhaul, you’re likely to be looking for some of the latest garden trends for ideas and inspiration to help you achieve the garden you have always wanted.
In our latest article we’re going to be looking at what we believe will be some of the most popular garden design trends over the coming year and beyond.
For several years now, a very popular garden design trend has been to use mixed-size paving slabs to create patios and pathways.
However, in more recent times, trends have started to change and many new patios are being built using single-size slabs laid in a staggered fashion.
One type of paving that has seen demand rapidly soar in the past year or two is porcelain.
Porcelain has become extremely popular as it is very hardwearing and far more resistant to weathering, dirt and colour fade than the stalwarts of paving, such as Indian sandstone, concrete, slate and limestone.
This is reducing the amount of maintenance required, which in today’s busy society is appealing to many of us.
Greys will also continue to be a popular colour choice for hardscaped areas, as it has been for the past couple of years.
The increase in popularity of porcelain means that you can source virtually any shade of grey imaginable, and with a variety of textures to choose from, too.
We see contemporary paving continuing its recent surge in popularity throughout 2019.
The artificial grass industry has grown year on year for many years now, and our research indicates that this will continue throughout 2019.
One of the main reasons the market has continued to grow in recent times is the fact that the quality and performance continues to improve.
In fact, it’s got so good that it’s now very difficult to tell the difference between real and fake. This has meant that even diehard gardeners now appreciate the benefits of artificial turf and it’s no longer the faux pas it once was considered to be.
Some of the biggest developments in recent years have been as a result of the advent of technology, such as Instant Recovery®, Feelgood® and Natural Look®. These innovations have drastically improved both the aesthetics and performance of artificial grass.
There are so many benefits of artificial turf that it’s a very viable alternative to the real thing.
Many of us have little time to dedicate to mowing, watering, weeding and feeding our lawns, which can result in a lawn that may look tired, patchy or dry.
Artificial turf, on the other hand, requires very little maintenance and looks lush and green whatever the season or prevailing weather conditions. This means that for those of us who have minimal time available or little experience in maintaining our lawns, fake grass offers the perfect solution.
It is also ideal for those with children or pets, as they can use the lawn all year round without getting muddy or destroying the grass.
If you are considering artificial turf for your garden, why not request your free sample pack delivered straight to your doorstep, or get a free installation quote from your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer.
Decking has been popular in gardens since the 1990s. That’s because it is cost-effective and offers a softer texture, compared to other types of hard landscaping, such as a paving.
One of the downsides with timber decking, however, is the fact that it rots.
That is, unless you use composite plastic decking. In recent years, the demand for plastic decking has soared.
Many manufacturers are offering 25-year warranties and making bold claims that it will last a lifetime.
This is great news for those who want decking in their gardens, but are worried about it rotting or discolouring.
What’s more, most types of plastic decking offer better grip underfoot and are not as slippery as timber decking, which can be problematic, especially following a rain shower. It also comes in a wide range of colours too.
The main issue with composite decking, however, is its cost. It can be several times the cost of softwood decking.
With the increase in demand, however, we expect to see the cost of composite plastic decking fall slightly. We’ve already mentioned that it will significantly outlast timber decking and an added bonus is that it doesn’t require regular treatment.
Growing Your Own
Growing your own fruit and veg has been a fast-growing trend for several years now, and it’s one that looks set to continue throughout 2019.
Many of us are building our own vegetable patches to grow various fruits and vegetables that are a staple part of our diets.
This has been brought about by our awareness of increasing food costs, doing our bit for the environment and our desire to reap the health benefits of consuming fresh, organic produce.
However, it’s no longer just the likes of tomatoes and lettuce that we are growing in our garden, but things such as edible plants and herbs – even tea bushes are fast gaining in popularity.
The recent rise in the popularity of gin is inspiring us to create our own cocktails using herbs grown in our gardens.
What is also becoming more popular is using various plants to create home-made dyes used to colour fabrics, which is perfect for anyone who enjoys kitting, sewing or crochet.
Smart Products for the Garden
The increase in recent times in smart home devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Smart Speaker, has led to a surge in demand for smart home products.
And the demand for these types of products in our gardens is no exception to the rule.
During 2019, we expect to see the use of all types of smart garden devices increase dramatically.
Currently, one of the most popular types of smart device being used in our gardens is smart lighting.
Smart lights are appealing to consumers as they can be voice-controlled via their smart home hubs and mobile phones.
They can be set to various time schedules to automatically switch on at different times of the day, as and when necessary.
Many smart lights are able to emit a full range of colours and garden designers are utilising the vast array of hues to get creative and devise a whole new garden dimension after dark.
Other types of smart devices being used in our gardens are lawnmowers, sprinklers, weather stations, plant sensors, music speakers and parasols – all of which are certain to increase in popularity, not just in 2019 but for the foreseeable future.
Rendered walling has being growing in popularity for several years, and this looks set to continue throughout 2019.
This is mainly brought about by our desire to create modern, contemporary looks within our gardens.
Rendered walling perfectly complements porcelain paving, which we mentioned earlier in this article as being a fast-growing trend for 2019.
Rendered walling can be used to create decorative free-standing walls, retaining walls and, of course, planters.
Once rendered, walls and planters can be painted various colours. White is still as popular as ever, but we also expect to see more greys being used this year, in keeping with current trends.
Pots & Containers
On the market right now is a huge variety of pots and containers to suit every type of garden, with everything from cottage garden to modern and contemporary, Mediterranean to Japanese style garden on offer.
Like most trends for 2019, we see contemporary style pots being a big hit this year.
There is definitely a strong move towards buying pots made from recycled plastics, which, of course, can only be a good thing.
Another fast-growing trend is the use of table planters.
Table planters are small beds that are raised off the ground on stilts – perfect for those who have trouble bending down and who want to jump on the ‘grow your own’ bandwagon.
We expect to see gardeners using more and more pots and containers to complement not only the plant that they will be host to, but also the wider garden area
We’re glad to see eco-friendly gardening will continue to be a popular trend throughout the upcoming year and beyond.
There are many ways in which we can all make our gardens more environmentally friendly.
Installing a green roof, utilising water butts and compost bins, using less harmful chemicals and planting more plants and trees are all great ways in which we can help the environment.
There are also lots of products that we can now buy for our gardens which are manufactured using recycled materials, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, too.
In the UK, the garden industry is big business and, as a result, there are always lots of new and exciting products and ideas being developed.
And 2019 looks to be no different.
We hope you have found this article useful in helping you come up with a plan for developing your own garden over the coming year.
For further information on designing your garden, please see our previous guide, ‘How to Design Your Dream Garden’.
What garden design trends or products do you think will be popular during 2019? We love to hear your thoughts and views, so why not leave us a comment below and join in the discussion?