Ten Best Garden Trends 2021

Acacia Gardens announces Ten Best Garden Trends 2021. It is no surprise that the Ten Best Garden Trends 2021 are influenced by the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. The lack of socialising and holidays reflects in garden designs and activities for 2021. We will see the growth of garden buildings as people want to continue working from home. It may be a while before we return to full social activities, so garden bars and exotic gardens will be popular. ‘Grandmillennial’ and ‘Cottagecore’ interior trends are highlighted with pretty cottage garden planting while Colours of the Year make a splash on garden walls, fencing and sheds.

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Ten Best Garden Trends 2021 List

Garden Buildings

Garden buildings are becoming increasingly popular as more people prefer working from home. Adding a room in the garden provides a tranquil place to relax, which can be used as a gym, yoga room, art studio, hobby area or home office. Acacia Gardens can design and build a bespoke outdoor building to suit your specific requirements.

The picture shows Acacia Gardens garden office with a toilet and gym for a large townhouse in North London, complete with landscaping.

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Outside Living Rooms

Spending more time in the garden relaxing, eating and socialising is a priority for families and friends. Creating an outside living room with a sofa, coffee table and rug is a must for anyone who wants to hang out in their garden this summer. Acacia Gardens recommends incorporating a patio or decked area with overhead shade as the perfect place to arrange your outdoor living space.

The picture shows garden design and build by Acacia Gardens in Highbury N5.

Outdoor Kitchen and Garden Bars

After spending much of 2020 in lockdown due to COVID, more people will appreciate socialising in their back garden. A drinks bar will become the must-have addition to gardens in 2021. Personalise your bar with a theme that reminds you or your favourite holiday. Acacia Gardens recommends having your bar built from brick or using recycled wood for a rustic look. Outdoor kitchens are becoming a must-have addition to gardens. Consider a sheltered BBQ or a complete area designed for cooking and dining.

The picture shows a simple outdoor kitchen created by Acacia Gardens in Islington.

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Getaway Gardens

With the lack of tropical holidays during 2020, many people dream of vacations to far-flung exotic destinations. This may not be a reality for a few months until we are vaccinated, and travel restrictions are completely lifted. Creating a tropical oasis in your back garden is a great alternative. Acacia Gardens recommends lush, tropical planting with a hammock so that you can spend all day outside.

Cottage Gardens

‘Grandmillennial’ and ‘Cottagecore’ are significant interior trends which take the best of granny’s décor and cottage charm. Our love for cottage gardens has never gone away, and it’s time to embrace this garden theme once again. Acacia Gardens recommends planting rose bushes and an abundance of pretty, delicate flowers to help attract wildlife into the garden.

The picture shows a cottage style garden designed and built by Acacia Gardens in Hampstead, North London.

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Play Gardens

During COVID children’s play areas were closed in public parks. There will be more emphasis on child-friendly gardens. Soft play areas, sandpits, swings, slides, sunken trampolines and climbing frames will keep your kids occupied. Acacia Gardens recommends positioning the play area in clear view to ensure you can keep an eye on your little ones. A child-friendly play area can be incorporated into many garden designs so that it complements the overall style.

Garden Colours

The big paint brands and trend forecasters have announced their colours of the year for 2021. Pantone (colour experts) has selected Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (Yellow), two colours that work well together. Dulux (paint brand) has nominated Brave Ground, a natural and neutral earth colour. Graham & Brown (wallpaper and paint brand) has announced Epoch, a royal purple, as their Colour of the Year. Benjamin Moore (paint brand) has selected Aegean Teal, a beautiful Mediterranean blue. WGSN (trend forecasters) is promoting A.I. Aqua an electric blue shade. Acacia Gardens recommends selecting your favourite colour to paint garden walls, fencing and sheds.

The picture shows a garden build by Acacia Gardens, designed by Roberto Silva.

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Roof Top and Balcony Beautification

The COVID lockdown helped us appreciate how vital outside space is, no matter how small. Many people living in apartment blocks with balconies will want to maximise the potential of this outdoor space. Acacia Gardens suggests creating an inviting and cosy place with a compact table and at least two chairs plus scented potted plants. Living roofs such as sedum and wildflower are going to stay with us and is a large growing demand from homeowners. Acacia Gardens recommends transforming your roof terrace into a chill-out area with decking and lounge-style furniture. 

The picture shows our client in Alexandra Palace enjoying their new roof decking built by Acacia Garden.

Growing Your Own Food

Because Brexit will bring fresh food shortage concerns, there will be a focus on good quality homegrown veg. Growing your own food, whether that’s just a few herbs or a sizeable veg plot is a lovely project. Garden to table food, vegan and vegetarian cooking will ensure that you enjoy 2021. If you have poor soil conditions, Acacia Gardens recommends building raised beds to fill with enriched soil to grow your veggies.

The picture shows a private residence in Hertfordshire raised beds designed and built by Acacia Gardens for a family kitchen chef.

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Garden Permaculture

Permaculture is a sustainable, growing system that integrates with your environment. There are twelve principles which you can follow wholeheartedly or borrow some of the principles that will help your garden thrive. Read the article on Wikipedia for a full overview of the principles. Acacia Gardens recommends that at the very least you start composting to minimise waste and nourish your garden.

The picture shows encouraging children to recycle and plant is a healthy thing to do, Acacia Gardens landscaping Hampstead Heath, North London.

If you would like to discuss your garden design, build or landscaping project with Acacia Gardens, you can contact us here. We can help realise the potential of your outside space and create a beautiful garden using elements from these trend ideas.

Whether you require a garden re-design, a new patio, decking, fencing, soft landscaping or hard landscaping, we can help. Our in-house design team is ready to create a plan for your dream garden. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please take a look at the Acacia Gardens Pinterest Boards for further inspiration and ideas.

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