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The summer gardening trends that could liven up your outdoor spaces

As a nation, we’ve embraced gardening over the last year. With social distancing in place, we’ve fallen in love with our outdoor spaces, whether to entertain or relax in. According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), three million Brits have developed green fingers recently.

Are you looking to boost the appeal of your garden or simply enjoy working on it? If so, these 2021 trends could help give your garden a whole new look.

Bring the inside outside

For years, there’s been a trend for bringing the outdoors into homes, with bold floral or leaf-printed wallpaper and potted plants. Now the reverse is happening.

The pandemic means families and friends have been getting together in gardens across the country, so taking creature comforts outside to entertain makes sense. This may include comfy outdoors sofas or a table for al fresco dining. Some entertainers have gone even further, building garden bars and outdoor cinemas. Now with summer almost here, there will hopefully be plenty of opportunities to make use of them.

Embracing this trend is all about thinking about how you like to relax or entertain and whether it could work outside.

Give gardens a wild look

Doing away with neat flower beds, the wild-looking garden is set to be a big trend this year.

One of the benefits of a wild look is that it’s more likely to attract wildlife. A patch of meadow flowers can help pollinators and encourage birds to visit. Scattering tall meadow flower seeds is a simple way to start embracing this trend, for a more ambitious project, why not try adding a natural-looking pond?

While wild gardens might look like they’re less hard work than a traditional garden, it can still mean a lot of hands-on projects for keen gardeners.

Pick your own vegetables

According to RHS, more gardeners are turning their space into patches for growing food. It can help you increase your healthy fruit and vegetable intake, as well as cutting down your food bill. Plus, it can be hugely rewarding to serve up dinner with vegetables you’ve grown yourself.

RHS suggests that staples, such as potatoes, salad and onions, are among the most popular choices. The trend for raised flower beds is also encouraging more people to grow their own food; not only can they help with accessibility, but raised beds can promote faster growing too. If you have a small garden, you can still try this trend by using pots and troughs to grow herbs, tomatoes and much more.

Make the most of small spaces with vertical gardens

While green fingers are usually associated with expansive gardens and plenty of room, the pandemic has highlighted how even a small outdoor space is valuable. For those with small gardens, planting vertically can help them create a sanctuary. They’re even an option for flats that have a balcony.

There’s more than one way to create a vertical garden, but, to start with, pick a bare wall or fence to add plants to. You can purchase premade planters that are designed for walls for a simple solution, or, if you’re DIY minded, add your own planters across the space to achieve the look you want.

Embrace “lazy lawns”

Another trend highlighted in RHS’s predictions is the rise of the lazy lawn. If you dislike keeping your lawn immaculate, this is the perfect trend for you.

It doesn’t mean never mowing or taking care of your lawn, but accepting the inevitable wear and tear it experiences when you’re using it to relax or for children to play. Turn a blind eye if patches turn brown in the summer months, or even look for alternative types of grass from the traditional ryegrass that require less maintenance. This may include mixed grasses that will stay greener without fertiliser and resist drought – perfect for a low-maintenance lawn.

Give your front garden some love

It’s often back gardens that we lavish attention on. But there is a good reason for giving your front garden some attention too.

According to RHS research, greener front gardens can make you feel happier, more relaxed, and closer to nature. A four-year scientific project added ornamental plants to bare front gardens and measured concentrations of the hormone cortisol in residents before and after. Steep daily declines in cortisol levels, which usually peak early in the morning, are linked to reduced level of stress. Before adding front garden plants, just 24% of residents had healthy cortisol patterns. After plants were added this increased to 53%.

Over half of residents said their front garden helped them feel happier and 40% said it helped them relax more. So, if you’re looking for a way to boost your wellbeing, updating your front garden could be an option.

Whatever you decide to do in your garden this year, we hope you can create a small haven for yourself to relax in and welcome family and friends into.