As we are well into the final quarter of the year we thought we would look at what we believe garden design will center around in 2014. We have noticed a few trends and changes to the way people garden over the last year, which we’d like to share with you.
People tend to be gardening for reasons other than their own self gratification. We are, of course, talking about environmental gardening as the world becomes a little more eco-conscious. Most gardeners garden because they enjoy it, however we are increasingly seeing gardeners using more eco-friendly materials and ‘growing their own’ because it’s cheaper.
Along the environmental theme, buying locally is now considered to be ‘in fashion’. Not only is it helping your local economy, but you are also reducing the eco footprint it takes for plants and materials to get to your house. We think there will be a big increase in ‘buying local’ over the next year and an increased community spirit as a result.
Gardening for bees is also set to become more popular in 2014. We have seen more and more people considering the plants in their garden carefully and how they will benefit wildlife. There were reports last year that bees were dying out, meaning we have to be more careful with out gardening to ensure we aren’t putting them in danger. Many people didn’t realise how important bees are to the world and if they were to die out, how we would be affected.
Another trend we are watching out for is the increase in low maintenance gardens coming in. What many people don’t realise is that low maintenance gardens can look just as good as high maintenance. People have less disposable time available, making it difficult to maintain their garden in the way they would like to. A low maintenance garden can be enjoyed whenever the sun comes out, whereas a high maintenance garden requires lots of effort.
Finally, a trend we have noticed over the last year is the amount of gardens which have increased their amount of lighting. There was a time when relaxing in the garden would only be in the daytime, however as people are spending more on their gardens, they are starting to extend the use of their garden throughout the day.
There are lots of garden design trends coming through to the next year, can you think of anymore?