We’ve been blessed with a lot of sunshine lately and it has us feeling very optimistic about the summer ahead. If you haven’t started already, now’s the perfect time to begin prepping your garden, so you can make the most of the sunshine and spend lots of time outdoors. Need a little inspiration? We’ve put together a list of some of the top garden trends for summer 2019 to get you started.

1. Grow your own produce

Over the last couple of years, there’s been a real shift in eating habits, with more and more people showing an interest in organic produce and plant-based diets. In relation to this, there’s been an increase in the number of people growing their own produce at home and this will continue to be one of the biggest garden trends for summer 2019 and beyond.

It’s often wrongly assumed that you need a huge garden or space for a greenhouse in order to grow your own vegetables. The truth is, that whilst yes, a big garden or greenhouse is advantageous, there are still options for those with limited outdoor space. Planters, great for growing vegetables in, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are even stackable and will allow you to really make the most of your space. You can also look into fruit and vegetables that can be grown in small window boxes.

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is really rewarding and a great way to make the most of your garden.

2. Interior design on the exterior

The home trends we see in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms are no longer just limited to those spaces. This year, expect to see people taking interior design trends outside – making their gardens an extension of their own homes.

Add comfort and style to your outdoor seating areas with garden sofas, cushions, throws and rugs. Bright colours and bold patterns are on-trend for 2019 and a great way to compliment the textures and shades of your garden.

Thinking of designing an alfresco dining area? Our decorative steel garden panels are perfect for screening off an area of your garden and providing shelter. Our collections feature attractive designs, in a number of colours and sizes, to suit all projects. You can even design your own garden panel to add character to your outdoor space and make it that little bit more bespoke.

3. Bold and bright flower beds

When it comes to flower beds, the brighter, the better! Choose big and bold flowers in jewel tones, as well as bright reds, yellows and oranges. Large leaved plants are great for making a statement and colourful, clashing planters will make a head turning feature in your garden.

Hydrangeas were the flower of the year in 2018 and will continue to be popular this year. They’re pretty to look at, come in a variety of stunning colours and have a beautiful sweet scent – what more could you want? Make them a feature in your garden this summer. You won’t regret it.

4. Practical garden zones

Garden zoning is one of the biggest trends of the year. Having dedicated areas for dining (something we touched on earlier), plants and flowers, storage and playing (if you have kids), will allow you to make the most of your outdoor space.

Of course, you’ll want each zone to look attractive, so you’ll need to think carefully about how you are going to separate and screen your garden. Our decorative steel panels are great for structuring your garden zones and creating boundaries. And the good news is, they won’t compromise the sunlight your garden receives throughout the day.

5. Planting with a conscience

Gardening experts believe that due to environmental changes, people are now putting more thought into the types of plants they include in their garden displays. With hot weather on the cards, it’s expected that more people will be choosing plants that are robust and able to withstand periods of drought. Fancy irrigation systems are expensive and somewhat wasteful, so we expect to see fewer installations going forwards.

People are also thinking about how flowers and plants can benefit wildlife like bees and butterflies. A popular choice is Buddleja as it’s easy to grow and can tolerate poor soil conditions. Its flowers are rich in nectar, making it a real favourite with butterflies.

Embrace Wild Side

6. Embrace the wild side

Not really the green-fingered kind? You’ll be pleased to hear that wild gardens (with an array of different plant types) were actually a key feature at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Yes, there were gardens full of buttercups, clover and other unruly plants. You know – the ones professional gardeners are usually so keen to get rid of. Don’t fancy doing up your garden this year? It’s simple – Just mow yourself a path for walking and see what grows!

Alternatively, why not sow some wildflower seeds, plant some bulbs and grow yourself a meadow? You don’t necessarily need a large space and you can leave the flowers to their own accord. This type of garden will be really attractive to wildlife and is a great way to give back.

7. Decorative metal work

Another popular garden feature at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 was decorative metal work. From structuring planting areas and adding shelter to freestanding décor in its own right, gardeners exhibited a variety of installation ideas for decorative metal work that can add both style and practical benefits to gardens of all sizes.

Striking industrial metalwork creates a real contrast against delicate flowers and plants and is a must-have this year for all types of garden, from countryside cottage to urban retreats.

Take a look at our range of decorative steel garden screens for inspiration. With collections including cultural, geometric and organic – there’s designs to suit all.

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