Top Gardening Trends to Look Out for in 2021
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how important our gardens are – many of us have been spending a lot more time at home and have learned to appreciate our green spaces so much more.
But what does this mean for the gardens of 2021? Here, Compass Garden and Landscape Design, who offer quality landscape design services in Wiltshire and Somerset, get out their crystal ball and predict what trends will be popular in the year ahead.
Easy to Grow
Lockdowns have introduced a lot more people to the joys of gardening. This includes people who only had a passing acquaintance to a spade or plant before. For this reason, we can expect to see a rise in the sales of easy-to-grow varieties like sunflowers, sweet peas, nasturtiums, and marigolds. These plants also provide plenty of colour.
Many more people are also discovering the joys of growing their own food. In this regard, vegetables like radishes, peas, beans, and potatoes will also be popular because they require very little in the way of maintenance and watering.
At Compass, our planting consultancy service advises gardeners across south-west England on which species will flourish most in your garden, taking into account several factors such as your soil, the amount of shade, and your own personal tastes.
Children have also had a lot more time off than usual this year, with many joining their parents and grandparents in the garden.
So it’s likely there will be a continued growth in child-friendly green spaces. This can have fencing and screens so that children can have a part of the garden to call their own, and areas where they can grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Many people don’t have much in the way of outdoor space, especially in towns and cities. That is why dwarf hybrids and small trees that can be grown in pots and put on windowsills and balconies have become popular. Hanging baskets and planters are also undergoing a resurgence.
Raised beds are growing in popularity too, thanks to the added advantage of being able to control the soil and growing environment more directly.
The growth in sustainability is expected to continue in 2021, and this could mean creating wildlife-friendly spaces in your garden. For example, you could let the grass grow long or create a home for beetles and insects by having a pile of rotting wood somewhere.
You can also encourage birds into your garden by having bird feeders. These are preferred to bird tables because any creature can pinch food from a table in the colder months. Collecting water in a water butt is also a good idea. This is because tap water can contain chemicals which, over time, could harm your plants.
2020 also taught many of us about the power of nature and how important it is for our mental health – so many people will look to create a garden where relaxation is the top priority. The sound of running water from a fountain is well-known for its soothing effects. Pairing this up with low-maintenance plants that look good such as peonies, hydrangeas, and ornamental grasses only adds further to this feeling of wellbeing. Including pergolas or umbrellas will allow you to spend more time outside without being worried about the sun.
Landscape Design in Wiltshire from Compass Garden and Landscape Design
Compass Garden and Landscape Design can help you look trendy next year – at least when it comes to gardening design. Along with our planting consultancy service which we offer to customers across south-west England, we can also help to give your garden a completely new look, producing detailed sketches and outlines, and utilising our network of reputable local traders to carry out the work.
Our designer Tom Murphy is a trained horticulturalist who studied at the exclusive Garden Design School and is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.