Interior trends know how how to divide designers, but the garden industry is no exception.
As your thoughts inevitably turn towards preparing your exterior for the season of outdoor living, you may be tempted to flirt with the most popular garden trends of the moment. And while you should always design your space in a way that feels right for you, there are some features that experts urge you to reconsider.
Garden trends to avoid this summer
Should you stay away from these five garden ideas? Here’s what you need to know.
1. Using ornamental grasses
Ornamental grasses are an increasingly popular garden landscaping idea, but according to Andy Tait, an expert from True Green Nursery, there may be better alternatives.
‘Garden trends that are best avoided in 2022 include using ornamental grasses and succulents for landscaping – focusing on native rather than exotic plants – and using hardscape materials like stone or concrete instead of softer, more natural options.’
In avoiding these trends, Andy suggests that you focus on ‘healthy and sustainable gardening practices,’ which will leave you with a garden that brings you joy throughout the season.
2. Planting invasive species
English Ivy and Japanese Honeysuckle are amongst the most popular garden plants, but it may be best to avoid these plants, despite their aesthetics,
‘An invasive species typically does not grow naturally in your area but will spread rapidly and choke out other beneficial plants,’ warns garden expert Erinn Witz from Seeds and Spades.
Erinn explains that it can be hard to tell which species might be invasive in your area, as the labels are not always forthcoming with that information. Therefore, the ‘danger can vary from one region to another.’
3. Maintaining a uniformed lawn
Having a uniformed lawn may be seen as the ultimate goal in terms of garden landscaping. However, Andy explains that this popular design doesn’t work in every home.
‘Another garden trend that is best avoided is the use of plain, uniform lawns with little to no landscaping,’ he explains. ‘These types of gardens can be dull and uninviting, and they offer very little in terms of aesthetic appeal.’
If you want to put your best lawn mower to good use, Andy recommends incorporating some variety into your planting to accompany your lawn and create a scheme that works well overall. ‘Use different colors, textures, and shapes to create visual interest,’ he says. ‘By doing so, you can create a space that is not only beautiful but functional as well.’
4. Using garden-specific furniture
While opting for garden-specific furniture may feel like the obvious choice, they are not always the best option in terms of individuality and style. Edward Jones from Home Care How recommends investing in ‘adaptable furniture pieces’ that will further blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living – and allow you to bring your favorite interior design trends into the garden.
‘Using flexible items that you can use inside and outside your home can establish a seamless feel. Having them will also provide your garden with an inviting ambiance,’ he says.
5. Avoiding heirloom plants
Garden trends may point towards seedlings and seed packets, but Erinn urges you not to overlook heirloom plants in your design. The expert suggests that these heirloom varieties offer ‘many of the most flavorful and beautiful plants you can grow in your garden.’
Plus, the rarity of these species increases biodiversity, which is ‘critical for maintaining a thriving seed selection for future generations.’ Because biodiversity is a trend that is certainly more than fleeting.
These features may be in vogue, but they don’t necessarily need to be in your garden. It’s time to get garden party-ready – the right way.