The trend for personalising your garden to suit your space and taste requirements continues into 2018, from creating outdoor dining spaces that are evocative of an extra room in your house, to maximising a small space, creating a meditation area, or growing vegetables. Some of the main landscape gardening trends for 2018 are outlined in more detail below illustrating the rich diversity and creativity expected to continue throughout next year.
For many people space is of paramount importance, but this need not deter imagination and creativity in a small garden or outdoor area. As with small spaces within a house, everything needs to be carefully planned and multi-functional where possible. Large concrete or wooden designs are available that can incorporate, seating, planting areas and water features, all built into one structure.
Flowers and shrubs in containers will continue to be popular and make the most of landscaping a smaller area and some are more resilient than others. To create a great look, Silver Queen and Japanese Maple are just two examples of tougher shrubs, but there are numerous choices depending on which part of the world you live in.
Spaces for storing tools are even more important in a small garden, so discreet storage places created for tools and furniture will enable the area to appear larger and neater when these things are not in use, and can be packed away quickly.
With the increasing interest in environmental concerns, many householders are keen to turn their garden into a sanctuary for wildlife or a place where organic fruit and vegetables can be grown. In these type of gardens, the aim is to create natural environments that attract birds, bees and other wildlife under threat and to reduce, or eliminate, use of chemicals and pesticides.
This may entail installing specific plants with berries for birds and which support cross-pollination. Additional discrete areas include creation of fruit and vegetables patches, and greenhouses can be erected for tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and other less hardy vegetables.
Due to declining bee populations, some householders will continue to look at the possibility of keeping a hive in their garden and learning a new skill in the form of bee-keeping, and there are options for people who want to run a hive on a temporary or long-term basis.
Traditionally alfresco dining took place literally outside of the back door of the house, but the new objective is to place the eating area anywhere that suits the flow and design of the garden. For instance, this may be a space at the end of a large garden surrounded by lush vegetation reminiscent of a jungle landscape. In larger spaces, the dining area may be situated near a pool as part of outdoor living and entertainment considerations. Alternatively, it could be a secluded zone within the garden where subdued lighting and subtle, blended furniture, provide a relaxed and romantic environment.
If you have the space and also particularly for larger, more formal gardens, there are a wealth of artisan and aesthetic creations out there which will continue to be popular in 2018. These may include statues or stone arches, wooden arbours, trellises which vines can be entwined around, and many other pieces. Still popular are cosy cabins, or summerhouses tucked away in a corner, which can potentially double as a den for children or grandchildren.
Water features are still in demand whether the garden is small or large, as there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water in conjunction with the other peaceful sounds of nature. Designs can be as small and subtle or as grand, colourful and intricate as the size and style of the garden dictates.
A drive for wellbeing is inherent in much landscaping design going forward, be it fresh air and good food in a relaxed environment, swimming or meditating, or just the joy of sitting in a beautiful space with the knowledge that wildlife can benefit from the garden too.
The trends for 2018 therefore, continue to be very individualistic garden landscaping, taking into consideration a number of factors that focus on space, functionality, environmental aspirations or just sheer escapism and relaxation and often a combination of these things.