Garden trends 2021: our top predictions for outdoor style in the new year

These are the top garden trend predictions for 2021 – take a sneak peek

2021 white garden trend by Moda Furnishings
(Image credit: Moda Furnishings)

Our annual garden trend predictions are in, and we've got to admit that we're hugely excited for 2021. Gardens are more important to those of us lucky to have them than ever, and next year will see the amplification of the growing trend for using outdoor spaces more, regardless of the season or weather. From clever indoor-outdoor solutions for the colder months to nighttime partying, these are the hottest trends for gardens in 2021. 

For even more inspiration, view our garden ideas gallery. 

1. Tropical gardens

Fable Swing Sofa, Myface

(Image credit: Myface)

We predict that tropical-style gardens will be the biggest garden trend of 2021. Let's face it: by the time next summer rolls in, we'll all be thoroughly starved of travel and holidays, and our gardens will have to compensate for our inability to get away to exotic places. 

Palm trees, bamboo, and other tropical plants are likely to become a widespread feature of gardens big and small, and cosy nooks surrounded by luscious tropical vegetation will create a soothing, vacation-like atmosphere. 

Tropical garden with Truglow candles, Lights4fun

Tropical garden with Truglow candles, Lights4fun

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

2. Indoor-outdoor gardens

Hudson Armchair by Essential Home

Hudson Armchair, Essential Home

(Image credit: Essential Home)

This is quite different from the outdoor room trend that saw patios and courtyards transformed into living room-like environment. Although outdoor rooms aren't going anywhere, we expect 2021 to bring an additional trend in indoor rooms that have the primary function of connecting people to the nature outside, regardless of the weather. Think extensions with floor-to-ceiling windows and corner rooms devoted to plants and outdoor vistas.  

Palm Jungle Green Tropical Rug

(Image credit: Audenza)

3. Substantial garden rooms

Garden room, Green Retreats

(Image credit: Green Retreats)

Garden rooms will be, on average, larger and more substantial than the delicate and smaller structure of previous years. Garden rooms will be used by many as home offices and creative retreats, which call for a more permanent and well insulated structure. 

View more garden room ideas to inspire your own garden retreat.

4. White gardens

Arc 30 Curved sofa with Stone gas Fire Pit, £2,875, Moda Furnishings

(Image credit: Moda Furnishings )

White gardens have never really gone away – a white garden is a classic style that never goes out of fashion and looks great no matter the architectural style of your home. This year, we predict that they'll be more an all-white theme, however, with whitewashed walls and painted decks. 

Tropical white garden trend

(Image credit: LisaSarah - designs in steel)

5. Tiny gardens

Primo 1 2 seat sofa, £1,045, Moda Furnishings

(Image credit: Moda Furnishings)

No space? No problem: small gardens are the reality for a great many of us, but there's no reason that even a small garden can't have a full set of garden furniture. More will be more in 2021, with even the tiniest of spaces used to the maximum with plenty of seating and soft furnishings. 

We also expect that small gardens will have large garden water features in 2021, and that those water features will be contemporary and streamlined in style. It's all about immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of nature, so think waterfall-imitating water features rather than formal fountains.  

Water feature, Aquaveil

Water feature, AquaVeil

(Image credit: AquaVeil)

6. Midsummer night's picnics

Midsummer night's garden picnic, Lights4fun

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

Using the garden year-round is one obvious post-pandemic garden trend, but we expect that gardens will get much more use round the clock, too, with evening garden parties becoming more popular. Our garden lighting ideas gallery will definitely help with making your outdoor space inviting in the evening. 

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

Anna is Consumer Editor across Future's home brands. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening.