It’s safe to say that our gardens became our sanctuaries over the last 18 months. As various lockdowns and restrictions kept us at home, gardens became our refuge to escape the stress of everyday life and enjoy some fresh air. They helped our well-being immeasurably, and the extra time at home led many people to experiment beyond their normal level of horticulture; from more complicated floral planting, to growing fruit and vegetables.

As we move into 2022, the themes of well-being and environmentalism are set to continue, and inspire the main gardening trends we expect to see in 2022.

Sustainable Gardening

Now, more than ever, we’re aware of our impact on the environment, and there are many ways to make your garden more sustainable. Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, and by composting you’ll be able to both recycle your kitchen waste, and provide garden food which will help your plants thrive. You may notice an increase in Bokashi composting bins this year, which use special bran to pickle your kitchen waste with helpful bacteria, creating rich and effective compost for your flower and vegetable beds.

Balcony Gardens

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a full garden attached to their property, but the past 18 months have encouraged those with flats or smaller gardens to make the most of the areas they do have. Those with limited space or just a balcony have started to become more innovative with their outside area, adding stackable planting, hanging baskets, or window-boxes. With a continued focus on well-being, it’s surprising just how much the presence of plants can bring an otherwise urban view to life, and open up a space which previously felt restrictive.

Living Walls

Replacing the standard aesthetic of the garden fence, expect to see more walls of trees, shrubs and flowers in 2022. Continuing a trend of maximising the space for growth in your garden, this allows plant life to inhabit vertical areas as well as horizontal spaces. Why not introduce a leafy look or rambling rose to your wall or fence, and give your garden a more natural look. This trend is also moving indoors, with homeowners opting for green walls in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to spruce up their home’s feel, improve air quality, and provide a sense of tranquillity.

Water Features

After making our gardens a tool for well-being, expect to see them continue to be an oasis of calm going forwards.

Water features are becoming increasingly more popular, thanks to the sense of serenity which running water provides. As water features are available in many types, from small fountains to large waterfall ponds, they’re perfect for any garden type or size. This means that a stone or concrete fountain is another ideal way for those with small outdoor areas to make the most of the space they do have. Anyone who decides on a pond or lake can also enjoy the environmental benefit of introducing a new ecosystem to their garden, and expect the arrival of extra birds, animals, and amphibians.

Whatever your garden plans for 2022, you can rely on Groby Landscapes to help with both professional planning and expert craftsmanship. Whether you’re looking to follow trends, create a traditional space, or bring your own unique ideas to life, our specialist landscaping team can make your garden goals a reality. To learn more, please contact us for a free, no-obligation visit and consultation.

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