Bring the indoors outdoors and create the perfect garden living room this season

Garden furniture

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s how to make the most of our home surroundings. So it’s no surprise that gardening has seen a huge revival over the past 12 months. Spending more time at home has made us rethink our space, and for the garden this has given rise to some fantastic trends. We caught up with Shaw Pye from commercial landscaping pros, Milner Landscapes, to find out more about this year’s garden trends.

What are this year’s garden trends?

Garden pergola and furniture

“The biggest change this year is how people use their gardens. They’ve always been social spaces but this has evolved massively. Whether we’re going for fun, cosy or relaxing, we’re all investing more in outdoor space. More of us have taken up gardening as a way to relax but we’ve also been using the outdoors to recreate the things we miss - bars, kitchens and social seating areas - anything that extends the home’s interior and gives us a place to chill on a warm evening.”

How can I recreate these trends on a budget?

Garden furniture on a budget

“Upcycling is very budget friendly and there’s not much that can’t be done with a recycled pallet (local businesses are always looking to offload these free of charge). An upcycled pallet secured to a wall can make for a simple but charming herb garden. You can also use recycled pallets for seating, which creates a rustic look which can be easily enhanced with some cushions and throws. Pergolas are very popular this year but can be overfacing to build yourself. So if you’re on a budget and want to avoid a solid wood structure, you can create a fantastic pergola with trellis panels or canvas sails. And don’t forget to add some festoon lighting.”

What are the best flowers to plant this time of year?

Best flowers to plant

“Although we’re all spending more time in our gardens, the majority of people would still prefer to have a low maintenance garden with evergreen plants they can enjoy year-round. Euonymus ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’, Skimmia ‘Rubella’ and Choisya ‘Sundance’ are favourites of mine.”