Garden Design Trends 2021

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2020 is drawing to a close which means it’s time to start thinking about the new year. Every year, I see garden design trends evolve and change as homeowners begin to favour new things. In this blog, we’re going to explore the design trends that are set to be a big hit in the coming year.

This year, I saw a huge push towards more eco-friendly outdoor products because climate change has been a hot topic. With the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve also seen a lot more people focusing on making their homes a more enjoyable enclosed patio to spend time. Home renovations are on the rise, and we don’t think they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

Up until now, people may have only used their gardens for family gatherings once or twice a year, but now, gardens are one of the only places we can meet others! This completely changes the relationship that homeowners have with their garden spaces, so garden trends in 2021 are bound to reflect this.

Hard-Wearing Materials

One of the biggest trends I expect to see in 2021 is a shift towards more durable materials. As mentioned, it’s likely that gardens and outdoor spaces will be used a lot more than ever before in 2021, so I predict that people will favour hard-wearing materials over cheaper, weak materials.

A timber deck that’s been slowly rotting and warping for 5 years might not seem too much of a problem if you rarely use your garden, but now that the footfall in gardens is expected to be higher, more homeowners are thinking about replacements.

One thing I expect to gain popularity in 2021 is composite deck boards. They’re a great alternative to wood decking, they’re just as charming and they’re much more hard-wearing than their timber counterparts.

Investing in sturdy materials like this will help homeowners enjoy their gardens long after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, some composite decking even has a life expectancy of 30-years!

Sheltered Spaces

Sheltered spaces have always been a garden design favourite, particularly in British gardens where the weather can change in a matter of seconds! We suspect that homeowners renovating their gardens in 2021 will also favour garden rooms, verandas, and awnings because they offer a great amount of shade and cover whatever the weather.

Having guests over for socially distanced gatherings is fine… until it starts to rain. If things carry on the way they are, it might not be possible for everyone to pile into the house like they once would’ve. Instead, an outdoor sheltered space can provide just enough cover to keep you dry until the rain passes.

Photogenic Features

The final thing I expect to see creeping into garden designs in 2021 is photogenic features like potted plants, water features and firepits. This year has shown us that gardens can be used for all manner of events, including wedding receptions! As such, I expect that people will be spending more time perfecting the aesthetics in their gardens to make sure they look beautiful in photographs.

I have lots of great garden design ideas here on the blog, but you can also find some really interesting and inspiring ideas on Pinterest and Instagram!

So, there you have it, my predictions for the most popular garden trends in 2021. Will you be giving your garden a makeover? If you want to share your makeover story, please check our home renovation “write for us” page. 

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen, a celebrated writer in the home and garden niche, boasts over 12 years of hands-on experience. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Before joining our team in 2016, she worked as a landscape designer, combining her love for nature and design. Sandy's expertise shines through her articles, offering readers practical and aesthetically pleasing gardening tips. Off the clock, she enjoys hiking and nature photography, further nurturing her connection with the outdoors.

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