15 outdoor trends for 2018 that will help you transform your outdoor space

15 outdoor trends for 2018 that will help you transform your outdoor space

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Are you thinking about how to prepare your garden so that it is in perfect condition during the warmer months? If so, you are in the right place.

Whether you need a complete redesign of the garden or simply want to update it, we have compiled the main trends for 2018 of experts and landscape designers about plants, materials, styles and influences of our lifestyles. Everything that will shape our gardens this year.

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Spring and summer are the ideal time to enjoy outdoor space, and outdoor dining will be the most important trend this year.

Relaxation areas and outdoor kitchens will be a key trend, according to The Greenhouse People. "It is ideal for those who lack space in our kitchens or dining rooms, since we can invite more friends and family to dine in the garden," they explain. "Create a dedicated area with comfortable furniture and ambient lighting, with a pizza oven or a barbecue."

According to award-winning landscape architect John Wyer FSGD, the exterior structures will be larger. Pergolas Plug and Play, with integrated drainage, lighting and heating, they will be a must for the garden, while outdoor kitchens with spaces dedicated to cooking, eating and entertaining will become a central focus.

The Posh Shed Company It also predicts that the popularity of pergolas - demand grew significantly during 2017 - will continue to increase this year.

Vibrant colors

"Using neutral colors such as gray for furniture and textiles is still very popular, adding an element of sophistication to your outdoor living area," John Lewis's team tells us.

"However, in addition to the popularity of natural colors and finishes, we are more daring with outdoor furniture: we seek to inject vibrant colors into our outdoor spaces using contemporary furniture designs and cutting-edge textiles."

Japanese gardens or the beauty of imperfection

"There is a new and inspiring way to see your garden, which is good news for the less handyman," they comment from The Greenhouse People. "Wabi-sabi, the acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decomposition and death is nothing new for the Japanese who have practiced this art since the fifteenth century, but for the western world it could not be further from the eternal pursuit of perfection. "

The key is to "balance nature and nutrition", so it is recommended to "sit, relax and reflect on the beauty of the natural imperfections in your garden." Perennials and mossy stones, rusty iron doors and worn out pots are very much in line with this current.

The gardening firm Flymo explains that gardeners should know how to appreciate the changes in natural landscapes. "Try not to focus on the symmetry and longevity of objects, choose plants and elements that change over time, depending on the seasons," they explain. "A tree with textured or bare bark, flowers that show their seed pods during the fall and dried leaves that have fallen under a small tree are excellent ways to introduce the wabi-sabi in your garden and in your life. "

You can read more about Wabi-sabi here.

A garden on the balcony

Balcony gardening has been steadily increasing in recent years, but now, with more people living for rent or with little - or no - outdoor space in cities, this new trend will continue to grow in popularity.

"By improving the available space, regardless of size, you achieve an area to express creativity and style. Whether it is a balcony, a patio or a window sill, there are a variety of pots and vertical gardens that allow you to grow different types of flowers and plants, "explains the Flymo team.

Photo: Getty

Practical but stylish booths

"Garden space is a scarce asset for most homeowners," explains Richard Frost, CEO of The Posh Shed Company, which increased sales of its model booth by 300% Chelsea in 2017. "The Chelsea It is unique as a booth, it has a shelf outside to maximize capacity without taking up internal space.

"We have noticed that the average size of the gardens has been reduced, but the need for storage has not changed, so there is a need to make the most of the space there is."

Multi-purpose booths

And the trends in booths go beyond ... According Posh Shed, Multipurpose booths are also growing in popularity. "A booth is no longer just the place to store tools," Frost explains. "The booths have begun to be a trend in recent years and now we are verifying that people use the booths as a more functional, more practical space. We have done some great projects in which half of the booth served as a greenhouse and the other half as a tool store, to maximize available space. "
Photo: The Corner Garden Potting Shed (and mini greenhouse) by Rowlinson,

Your own garden

"Veganism is one of the fastest growing trends in lifestyles, and the number of Britons who choose a vegetable-based diet has increased by more than 360% in the last decade," he explains. The Greenhouse People. "Together with the increase in food prices and a growing appreciation of organic products, in 2018 the popularity of private gardens will increase."

There are many varieties that can be easily grown in the garden, suggests Flymo, who recommends peas, broccoli, spinach and even quinoa. Start small with a box of aromatic herbs, or define a garden in the garden and experiment.

Designer James Scott MSGD notes that as interest grows in producing our own food, the tendency to have edible plants at home will increase, and greenhouses will reappear.

Solar lamps

Posh Shed He explains that in 2018 we will see a “growth in the solar garden market”, and not only for ornamental lighting, but also for practical solutions. Frost adds: "We now offer solar centers with our booths where you can charge the phone or even turn on a light so that you can work in the garden for more hours a day."

Flymo says that solar lighting will be a novelty in the gardens: "Solar lighting is the solution and is expected to increase 2018 thanks to a number of factors that include savings, safety and, of course, creates an ideal environment to relax and rest ".

Solar Damasque Garden Lantern, The Glow Company.

Copper in all its forms

A key trend in the interior and in the kitchen, copper, as material and color, will have a great impact in 2018, according to Paul Hensey FSGD. With a bluish green patina, the hard landscape of copper can provide a wonderful feeling of warmth in the garden in contrast to stone or wood.

If you want a copper color that remains, stainless steels with copper effect are a very popular alternative. More generally, the bright stainless steel finishes will disappear, according to Cassandra Crouch MSGD, garden designer, for an aged natural patina that is becoming popular.

Exotic bushes

This year the bushes and bushes will be a trend, say the designers of the Society of Garden Designers. Perennials and herbs will disappear for more exotic and unusual species.

Euonymus oxyphyllus, An elegant, slow-growing, Korean shrub is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its rich emerald green leaves that change to yellow, bronze and red tones in autumn, and creates a color show during the summer with fruits like cherry (pictured)

Imitation wood ceramic floors

Already popular in interior design, wood-effect vermic soils seem to be about to become the trend in garden design as well, suggests landscaper John Wyer FSGD, who first used them two years ago in his award-winning garden RHS Chelsea. Resistant to scratches, stains and heat, in 2018 we will see these floors in a wide variety of designs.

Parlor Wood Effect Tiles,

Forest plants

It is a trend that we have seen in the new project of NEO Bankside in front of the Tate Modern in London, but this year we will see more typical forest plants mixing ferns, mosses, anemones and herbs such as Descampsia cespitosa, according to landscape architect Adolfo Harrison MSGD. This will look particularly good in shaded city gardens.


"Get ready to see a renovation of classic flooring with large-scale natural stone," says Cassandra Crouch MSGD. The gardens will also be less structured, as geometric lines and hard surfaces are softened with plants and flowers, and the boundaries are blurred to create the feeling of a garden that takes a long time.

Incorporate mindfulness

Mindfulness, The ancient Buddhist tradition of immersing yourself in the present moment, has become the great buzzword about wellness in recent years, and is destined to exert a 'strong influence on how we design and appreciate our gardens in 2018', he predicts The Greenhouse People.

The focus will be on "the incorporation of elements that stimulate the senses, such as details in serene blue or yellow energizers, aromas of therapeutic lavender and a source of water to create a relaxing environment," they suggest.


It was the center of attention in James Basson's award-winning garden in RHS Chelsea last year, so we are not surprised that limestone is ready to reappear in private gardens. This year, we will see the introduction of "mid-tone stones instead of the bright white varieties of a few years ago, which reflect the popular warm and natural color palettes in interior design."

Adolfo Harrison MSGD also predicts a trend towards mixing different stones to reflect the different colors and tones within the garden itself.

Via: Country Living UK