“Trends come and go, and style evolves.”
Do you find yourself looking for Garden inspiration to no avail? Do you like to stay ahead of the 8-ball when it comes to Garden trends? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We have outlined the top 5 Garden trends for Summer 2019 in Ireland that you don’t want to miss.
1.Goodbye to decking
According to Alan Rudden of Outside Options, “we just don’t have the climate for it. We’re tearing decks all the time and replacing with natural stone.” Timber decking has very much found its niche and works in some areas, but the trend is towards natural stone and polished concrete.
2.Outdoor living room
This is not a secret and has been around awhile, but we’re seeing a shift from the traditional patio move away from the house to become a free-standing structure at the end or centre of the garden, which is usually partially or completely covered. The idea is to interlink the outdoor living room with the natural garden to create that relaxing atmosphere, so you can enjoy even if the weather is not what you want it to be.
According to Oliver Schurmann of Mount Venus Nursery, builders tend to place a patio right beside a house as Irish people love large extensions with big glass windows, but by moving the patio away from the house, you feel you’re right in the middle of the garden and not just in the extended living room.
3.Swing/Pod Chair in the Garden
Swings and pod chairs are an upgrade from hammocks and you will see more and more of these in Irish Gardens over the next 12 months, available in every material from plastic to wicker, they can act as a stand out feature in a tricky space.
4. Neutralise the landscape
Hard landscaping will be very natural and muted according to Alan Rudden. The bold, bright colours we’re used to seeing are becoming muted, with a turn to natural greenery on the rise. People are going for foliage and going back to ferns, they’re looking for texture rather than colour. The garden centre look seems to be wearing off and a more naturalistic approach is being taken.
5.Return of the rose
James Purdy, of JP Architects and Landscape Design, predicts a revival for the lovely rose flower. Rose gardens in pink, whites and reds were used this year for Bloom with Dan Henson of Boys and Girls. Maeve O’Neill, who designed the Strawberry Bed Garden, also featured towers of palest pink blooms. So, the rose is well and truly back in ‘fashion’.