Leading designers from the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) have given their predictions on the hot new trends in garden design for 2018, including the planting, materials and design styles.
Designers such as John Wyer, James scott and Cassandra Crouch have given their predictions on what will be the main trends for 2018 with asymmetry, architectural plants and copper being among those estimated to be popular.
According to ,award-winning garden designer, John Wyer outdoor structures are set to be big in 2018, and not just summerhouse.
‘Plug and Play’ pergolas – with integrated drainage, lighting and heating are predicted to be the must-have garden feature, while outdoor kitchens will also continue to grow in popularity, with dedicated spaces for cooking, eating and entertaining becoming a central focus.
While polygonal paving was big at RHS Chelsea last year, it’s all about asymmetry in 2018 believes the Society of Garden Designers.
Cassandra Crouch expects to see a contemporary update on classic paving with large-scale natural indigenous stone.
Gardens will also feel less structured, as geometric lines and hard surfaces are softened by planting, and edges are broken down to create the feeling of a garden that has been there for years.
Designer James Scott believes that gardens designed to benefit the environment and encourage wildlife will also be big in 2018 with native plants and locally sourced materials becoming increasingly popular.
Similarly, as interest in producing our own food continues to grow, we should see a trend towards edible planting with greenhouses making a comeback.
Copper, both as a material and colour will also make a big impact in 2018, suggests Paul Hensey.
Hard landscaping in copper can provide a wonderful sense of warmth to planting and a contrast to surrounding gravel, stone or wood.
Where a perpetual copper colour is preferred, copper-effect stainless steels will be a popular alternative.
Wood-effect tiles, limestone and architectural plants round out the final expected trends from SGD.