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.
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1. Tropical gardens
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.
2. Indoor-outdoor gardens
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.
3. Substantial garden rooms
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
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.
5. Tiny gardens
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.
6. Midsummer night's picnics
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.