It may still be January, but if you’re thinking ahead to updating your outdoor space this summer, the Evening Standard has a list of key garden trends for 2020, courtesy of the Society of Garden Designers.

garden design trends 2020

Go wild

With protecting the natural environment such a concern, gardens will be big on wild plants that are a magnet for bees, birds and insects. Don’t worry that your ‘wild’ garden will lack urban glamour. Go for plants such as ox-eye daisies, sweet peas and echinacea in your borders to add style and impact.

Embrace the outdoors

For families who want their children to get some healthy exercise, but don’t fancy a huge trampoline or plastic slide bang in the middle of their outdoor space, play zones will be a thing in 2020. With swings, balance beams, logs and timbers, play zones use rustic materials and integrate them into the overall garden design. Hammocks make a cool and popular addition for older kids.

Be more … Belgian

Apparently Scandi is over. It’s “in the Belgian style” is the phrase to use in 2020. Belgian style is a by-word for simple luxury – think tasteful clay pots with olive trees or structural plants such as cacti and phormiums alongside plenty of natural textures and earth tones.

Plant a pretty patchwork

Minimalism is beginning to look dated too, so add a bit of pattern and texture using organic-shaped paving, gravel and plants to create a natural patchwork effect. Go for Mexican daisies, grasses, ferns and geraniums and use patterned tiles to create the illusion of garden rugs.

Wonder walls

Inspired, perhaps, by Yves Saint-Laurent’s Marrakech garden, many a 90s outdoor space featured a wall in Majorelle blue. Most have probably been painted over in subtle white or grey, but coloured walls are back in 2020. Deep reds and ochres will be in, creating a warm, natural Mediterranean vibe.

Read more about garden design trends in 2020 in Homes & Property.

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Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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