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Summer garden trends to suit any outdoor living space

As the days grow longer and the temperatures start to soar, it's the perfect time to consider styling your outdoor living space. Take a look at our round-up of some summer garden ideas that could work perfectly in your new Persimmon home.

It's all about outdoor living

In the warmer months, our gardens become an extension of our living spaces. Outdoor retreats where we can unwind, soak up the sunshine and entertain friends and family.

From cultivating a cottage garden teeming with wildflowers to designing a patio that doubles as a haven for pollinators, there's a wealth of ideas to explore. In this article, we'll dive into the hottest garden ideas for this summer to help you create an outdoor space that's not only on trend but also suits your home.

Bring colour and life with wildflowers

One of the most enchanting trends this year is the wildflower garden. If you’re not keen on a meticulously planned garden, wildflower spaces embrace a more natural, untamed look. They're not only beautiful to behold but also support local wildlife, including bees, butterflies, and birds. You can introduce wildflowers by either planting native seeds or incorporating pre-grown plants into your garden beds.

Creating a mini wildlife refuge

Emphasizing biodiversity, many gardeners are turning their outdoor spaces into miniature wildlife refuges. This is something anyone can do, whether you have a large or small garden. All you’ll need are plants that provide food and shelter for various animals. By doing so, you'll create a dynamic ecosystem that's buzzing with life and contributes to local conservation efforts.

Creating the ideal outdoor living space

Gone are the days when patios were just for the occasional barbecue. Today's outdoor spaces are multifunctional extensions of our homes. Think comfortable seating for lounging, space for outdoor dining, and even weatherproof entertainment systems. With the right patio design, you can have an additional 'room' that's perfect for relaxation and social gatherings.

Blurring the lines between indoors and out

One of the most significant shifts in outdoor living space trends is the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor areas. By using similar design elements, colours, and materials as those inside your home, you can create a cohesive look that blurs the boundaries between inside and outside. Look for outdoor rugs and garden cushions that have a similar vibe to your interior décor, for seamless indoor/outdoor summer living.

Cottage garden charm

The cottage garden trend brings a touch of nostalgia and romance to your outdoor living space. Overflowing with a mixture of flowers, herbs, and vegetables, these gardens are characterized by their informal design and dense plantings. You don’t have to have an established garden to get the look – introducing a few elements can transform the blank canvas of a new build garden to a pretty cottage garden. Mix and match plants of various heights and colours, and don't forget to include climbing plants like roses or clematis for vertical interest.

Personalised garden decor

If you’re wanting to create a cottage garden aesthetic, accessories and personal touches in garden décor can make all the difference. Consider adding vintage or handcrafted items such as sundials, rustic benches, or sculptures. These elements not only add character but also make your garden uniquely yours.

 Looking for more ways to personalise your garden? Read our article on DIY garden ideas

Planting for pollinators

Pollinators are crucial to our ecosystem, and there are many ways you can support them in your own garden. Opt for a diverse range of plants that flower at different times throughout the year, to provide a continuous food source. Native plants are particularly beneficial as they've evolved alongside local pollinator species.

Water features and insect hotels

In addition to plants, consider adding water features like birdbaths or small ponds to quench the thirst of your winged visitors. You can also build or buy insect hotels, which offer shelter for beneficial insects and can serve as unique focal points in your garden.

From garden to table

Vegetable gardens are making a comeback this year, with more and more people wanting to grow their own fresh produce. Whether you have a garden or a small balcony, you can enjoy the satisfaction of harvesting your own vegetables and herbs. Raised beds, containers, and vertical gardens are all excellent options for cultivating your own edible plants.

Sustainable gardening practices

Sustainability is a major theme in gardening this year. Practices like composting, rainwater harvesting, and using organic pest control methods not only benefit the environment but also result in healthier, more productive gardens. It’s always a good time to get started, and there’s a wealth of information available online to help you out.

Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants

As awareness of water conservation grows, drought-tolerant plants are becoming a staple in gardens. These hardy species require less water and maintenance, making them ideal for eco-conscious gardeners and busy lifestyles. Agapanthus, hardy geraniums, lavender and heuchera are a few popular drought-resistant plants.

Solar-Powered Garden Lights

Solar-powered lights are a trendy and eco-friendly way to illuminate your outdoor space. They come in various styles, from path markers to decorative string lights, and harness the power of the sun to create a warm and inviting atmosphere after dark. Perfect for late-evening drinks after a summer barbecue.

Take a look at more of our eco-friendly gardening tips here

Garden trends for this summer point towards creating outdoor living spaces that are not only stylish but also sustainable and wildlife-friendly. By incorporating elements like wildflowers, comfortable patio designs, and eco-friendly practices, you can turn your garden into a personal oasis that's perfect for enjoying the warmer months.

Remember, the best garden is one that reflects your personal taste and supports your lifestyle. So go ahead, get creative, and make your outdoor space the highlight of your home this summer.


 

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