Britain’s most (and least) popular garden trends

by | Jun 19, 2020 | Features | 0 comments


The best and worst garden trends of all time have been revealed by leading tool firm Draper Tools – with bird feeders and vegetable patches among the good, and gnomes and fake grass among the bad. The study of 2,000 UK adults with gardens also found that over a third of people say improving their garden is a priority right now, with almost 2 in 5 people planning to spend more on their garden this year than ever before.

Best & worst trends

Water features, summer houses and decking are viewed favourably among green-fingered Brits – as are herb gardens, living walls and outdoors kitchens. However, the nation is less enamoured with hot tubs, trampolines and wind chimes – and they’re also not keen on fences painted with orange wood stain, or conifers.

Sustainability in the garden is increasingly popular too, with trends including composting and wildflowers or wild meadows making the top 30 list. Added to this, over half of the nation said the best thing about having a garden was attracting birds and wildlife to it. And a further third of people said the best thing was growing their own good.

Strong views

Commissioned to support the wide range of gardening essentials available from Draper Tools, the study found 83% of the population believe they have impeccable taste when it comes to their garden. Although 4 in 10 admit they regret some decisions they’ve made in relation to their outside space.

Kev Smith Head of Marketing at Draper Tools said: “The research goes to show just how passionate we are as a nation about our gardens – clearly those polled have strong opinions on what works and what doesn’t.”

“In fact, 70% of people told us their garden is their ‘happy place’, so while garden choices will always be a very personal, individual thing, it’s certainly fascinating to find out what’s popular with the nation right now.”

There was further encouraging news for garden retailers, with 70% of people agreeing that spending money on the garden is a worthwhile investment and almost the same number saying it’s worth investing in quality garden tools too. The research also found Britain’s interest in their outside space is intensifying with more than 2 in 5 people admitting they’ve become more passionate about gardening in recent weeks.

Garden inspiration

It was found that garden retailers play a key role in enthusing Britain’s gardeners with 3 in 10 people say they get most of their inspiration from visiting garden centres. Gardening TV programmes were also cited as also a popular source (26%) – as were family members (21%).

Around a quarter of gardeners revealed they make a concerted effort to keep up to date with the latest trends in the world of gardening.

When shopping for the garden the chances are Brits won’t be spending too much time looking at items such as shoe planters resembling old shoes, faux bicycle planters or metal wall ornaments resembling birds, animals or butterflies.

These are all considered to be bad trends – as are artificial topiary balls, sonic animal repellers and patio heaters.

However, some fashions have divided the nation’s gardeners – namely that staple of 1990s gardening TV shows, decking.

Wildlife enticing garden trends such as hedgehog homes, meadow areas and bumblebee nest boxes fall safely into the good trends list. As do tree houses, lanterns and ponds.

A nation of garden lovers

Over the course of a typical 12-month period, those polled will spend a total of 86 hours working away on their beloved gardens – that’s three days and 14 hours.

Further to this, seven in 10 said they have been spending more time in their garden during recent weeks.

Kev Smith of Draper Tools added: “The findings suggest those lucky enough to have a garden are very thankful to have one.”

“And rightly so, because gardens can be a wonderful and rewarding place to escape to – I know mine is and I love nothing more than relaxing in the hot tub with a gin…though clearly I’m off trend!”


  1. Bird feeders
  2. Vegetable gardens
  3. Water features
  4. Lanterns/outdoor lights
  5. Summer houses
  6. Hanging baskets
  7. Bird bath
  8. Herb garden
  9. Solar lighting
  10. Green houses
  11. Raised garden beds
  12. Decking
  13. Hedgehog homes
  14. Ponds
  15. Wild meadow area/growing of wildflowers
  16. Fire pits
  17. Composting
  18. Built in BBQ/Outdoor kitchen
  19. Planters
  20. Garden pathways/stepping stones
  21. Bumblebee nest boxes
  22. Rose gardens
  23. Tree houses
  24. Rock gardens
  25. Terracotta plant pots
  26. Patio heaters
  27. Garden bar/pub in a shed
  28. Living walls
  29. Repurposing household items to grow plants in – such as bathtubs, sinks, old bikes
  30. Bird/animal box cameras


  1. Gnomes
  2. Fake grass
  3. Plastic ornaments
  4. Fake animal/bird statues e.g. Flamingos
  5. Artificial topiary balls
  6. Buddha statues
  7. Trampolines
  8. Hot tubs
  9. Recycled old tires as plant containers
  10. Pub in a shed
  11. Ivy
  12. Fences painted with orange wood stain
  13. Wind chimes
  14. Shoe planter (a planter that looks like a shoe)
  15. Fairy gardens (tiny mini gardens for fairies)
  16. Pretend bicycle planters
  17. Metal bird/animal/butterfly wall ornaments
  18. Garden tiki bar
  19. Repurposing household items to grow plants in – such as bathtubs, sinks, old bikes
  20. Outdoors beanbags
  21. Crazy paving
  22. Sonic animal repellers
  23. Conifers
  24. Decking
  25. Patio heaters
  26. Gas powered barbecues
  27. Fire pits
  28. Topiary (trimming hedges into shapes)
  29. Chimeneas
  30. Decorative crates

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