10 Garden Trends for 2022 from Jacksons Fencing

Leigh Barnes of Jacksons Fencing explains the top 10 trends we can expect to see this year in gardens.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, interest in our outdoor spaces has surged. Throughout 2021 there was a greater demand than ever before for garden supplies, such as fencing, sheds, patio furniture and plants. With many people working from home for most of the year and unable to go abroad on holidays or spend disposable income on traditional leisure activities, many started looking at their homes and gardens and decided to invest in improving them.

But what does the new year have in store for our outdoor areas? Here’s a roundup of our predicted trends for 2020.

  1. MAXIMISING SPACE

Garden zoning is becoming increasingly popular as it allows you to maximise the space available in your garden. This works by segmenting the area using screens, trellis, or flower beds to create various zones such as a child friendly-zone, entertainment zone for welcoming guests and dining, and a private or snug zone, which could work well as a peaceful WFH spot during the summer months.

If your outdoor space is limited to a balcony, courtyard, or patio, using the area effectively can be a challenge. Start by including colours that make you feel good and then look at adding furnishings and accessories to create a relaxing and peaceful environment.

It helps to think vertically too. Consider hanging plants and mini planters to free up floor space and invest in folding furniture kept on hooks, with screens to cover any unsightly fixtures. Lighting can also make a huge difference to a space and helps create a little atmosphere.

Horizontal Hit and Miss Panels from Jacksons Fencing

2. GROW YOUR OWN

From compact balcony planters to large raised bed nurseries, an increasing number of households are turning their attention to their own organic homegrown produce. This homegrown trend is set to stay in 2022. It’s an easy trend to get into, with countless easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs available to buy from seed, or small potted plants meaning even a novice gardener can get involved.

3. SUSTAINABILITY

Cutting out pesticides and buying peat free compost are great ways to make your garden greener and more sustainable. Steer clear of chemical fertilisers and give creating your own compost a go by collecting dead leaves and garden matter on a compost heap. Opting for organic alternatives are small changes we can all make to help reduce our environmental impact.

Here are some more examples of how to be greener in your garden:

Save water by collecting rainwater in a water butt, use a watering can instead of a hosepipe, and place drip trays beneath plants. Make your own fertiliser, and if buying compost buy peat-free. Avoid products sold in single use plastics, opting instead for those sold in recyclable or reusable packaging or those using recycled materials, and re-use or recycle unwanted garden items such as tools, old pots, and furniture. Choose plants that are good for pollinators.

Taking care to purchase products that are more sustainable can be really beneficial for the environment. For example, timber fencing provides a lower carbon footprint than other materials and generally has a long lifetime guarantee. Often shorter-life products which have a longer product life-cycle can cause higher emissions.

4. IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

It may surprise you to know that it’s possible to improve the air quality of your garden while helping the environment. Opt for air purifying plants such as Wallflower, Lady’s Mantle, and Common Ivy to help fight pollutants and reduce nitrogen dioxide. Trees such as Littleleaf and Largeleaf Linden are also great as they excel in capturing CO2. This alongside the use of native plants and shrubs which are already sustainable, creates more biodiversity and provides an English meadow garden design aesthetic.

5. WILDLIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The use of indigenous plants encourages local wildlife ranging from insects to birds and bees and should be chosen ahead of any non-native plants. They are more likely to be minimal-care plants that help to create low-maintenance gardens, which is great for new and experienced gardeners alike. We can also help and encourage wildlife by creating bug hotels, choosing early and late flowering plants to maximise feeding months, and installing hedgehog holes or a hedgehog gravel board. In 2015 Jacksons created the hedgehog gravel board which allows them to roam safely from garden to garden in their essential search of food and mates.

Hedgehog fencing

6. PLANTING TREES

Trees attract wildlife including many species of birds.  They also create a shaded area during the summer, and provide an array of changing colours during the autumn months. Trees can also make a great natural feature piece for your garden and are a vital part to help fight against climate change.

The Woodland Trust is also pledging to get 50 million trees in the ground over the next five years to help the UK meet its net-zero carbon target.

In 2020, the BBC programme Countryfile launched the Plant Britain initiative – a two-year project to encourage its viewers to help grow trees to tackle the effects of climate change, with the project’s aim to plant 750,000 trees. You can view an interactive map and log where your plants and trees are being grown on the Plant Britain website.

7. OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Alfresco dining areas and spaces are becoming more commonplace in gardens around the UK. With the correct type of shelter, flooring, and storage, these spaces can be enjoyed all year round. They provide an open, natural, and scenic spot for entertaining with much more light than any other dining area can provide. Outdoor living is a trend that continues to rise with many households transforming the way they use their gardens and outside spaces, by using screens and fence panels in creative and ingenious ways to create extra living spaces such as kitchens.

Outdoor kitchen, with fencing panels behind

8. CIRCULAR LAWNS

This shape works well for smaller gardens compared to the rigid straight lines of a regular shaped lawn and brings a sense of calm rather than strict uniformity. Using a circular shape in your garden is a great way to save space and utilise smaller spaces as it gives you room to plant around the borders and edges. Circular shapes also reflect and imitate shapes found in nature and can be used to create a more relaxed border, drawing you in with natural view points for the eye to follow.

9. ENJOY THE OUTDOORS ALL YEAR ROUND

Weather resistant furniture is a must if you want to get years of value from your investment, while using it all year round. We’d also recommend storage for any soft fabric cushions as well as a good table cover to protect your furniture during the colder, wetter months. When the nights draw in, lighting will provide atmosphere and ambiance. Solar powered string and fairy lights are great for the summer but more lighting will be required in the darker colder months, in the form of garden wall lights, spotlights, or floodlights.

To make the outside bearable all year round, adding a small heat source such as a firepit or outdoor heater makes all the difference and in most cases is essential, especially with spaces such as outdoor kitchens as mentioned above.

Outdoor structures such as shelters and gazebos should also be considered, as they work well with curtains and screens to add privacy and reduce exposure to the elements, while partitioning off part of your garden for an outside room or social space.

10. MORE LIGHT

Decorative fence panels and screens can be used to create a natural looking secluded spot in your garden, which can be used to obscure unpleasant views or eyesores without blocking out sunlight. Even in the winter months when the sun is not as bright, you can still have the full benefit of the light that is allowed to pass through.

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