Garden Design Trends 2020


Some of the leading experts in garden designing share their predictions for the newest trends in garden design for 2020.

EDIBLE FORESTS & ROMANTIC VEG PLOTS – As the majority of people using foraged food for a home kitchen, Mia Witham suggests that edible forests might become the perfect vegetable garden. She claims: ‘I’m currently designing an edible forest for a chef in Suffolk. It is designed carefully, a semi-wild ecosystem of plants organized with shrubs providing a middle layer, perennial plants covering the ground, and in layers with trees making up the canopy layer.

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Less is More – James Smith MSGD, Design Director at Bowles & Wyer, believes the philosophy of ‘less is more’ will become more popular, saying: ‘I want to focus on creating more pared-back design schemes, but with great focus on finishing and detail.’

RE-PURPOSE & RECYCLE – Mark Laurence MSGD, whose consultancy creates an adaptive landscape for a developing world, echoes this saying ‘recycled and repurposed items give a garden an individual look,’ like this heating coil repurposed into a water feature.

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Belgian design – often considered as luxurious simplicity, is expected to introduce to the fore in 2020. Mia Witham of Mia Witham Garden Design reveals: ‘I am looking some great garden items coming out of Belgium, that have typically great form and high-end. I specifically love the beautiful clay pots by Atelier Vierkant, the woven fiber fencing, and screens produced by Forest Avenue and the beautiful garden lights by Ducre and Wever.

PLANTING FOR WILDLIFE – Generating sustainable, beautiful spaces, and wildlife-friendly have to be at the forefront of everything we do no matter what location or size of the gardens we are making, Tracy McQue says. She thinks that the plants and material we include, where we get them from, and how we use again, elements in the garden are becoming already more important considerations.

CURVILINEAR FORMS – After almost ten years of ordered urban gardens systematically, Mark Laurence says we will see a turning away from the contemporary, linear town garden to something more curvilinear and wilder.’ Mark said: “Curvilinearly shaped to look more natural in a garden environment, and they join us back to the flow of beautiful and natural forms in the view.” It’s a distinctive move away from the style of crisp, linear raised beds set against horizontal timber grille that is not a new concept for us.

THE PATTERNED GARDEN – Texture and pattern will be creeping back into the gardens in 2020. ‘Cold minimalism is starting to look a little tired now,’ said Jane Brockbank ‘and it also raises the question – “how does this enhances the wildlife in the garden and locally?”‘ Jane brings texture and pattern into her designs by developing faceted planting areas and by blurring the line between the soft planting fields in the garden and the hard landscaped, using gravel planting to generate the transition between these two.

Mandy Buckland of Greencube Landscapes says, the trend for creating an outdoor room will live on, and we will move away from regularly formatted paving.

OUTDOOR PLAY – Young families want to encourage their children to get outdoors, prizing them away from laptops, tablets, and TV’s,’ says Mandy Buckland of Greencube. ‘We have been assigned to integrate outdoor play in many of our gardens in recent months and have been incorporating blackboards, sandpits, balance beams, hammocks, climbing frames, and even small wildlife ponds.

WAYS WITH WOOD – ‘It is not a new trend, but there will be a focus back on using timber next year,’ said Tracy McQue. ‘In the past, it has been seen as a material to use at ground level or for basic fences, but there are various elements in the garden that clever design can incorporate timber into.

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