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Garden Design Trends 2023 vs 2024

Garden Design Trends 2023 vs 2024

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s been another stellar year of garden design and landscaping.

This year has seen a wide range of innovative garden design ideas take force in outdoor spaces across the country- this is something we’re experienced in here at Atlantes Landscapes as we transform gardens for our customers in Exeter, Tiverton, Newton Abbott and beyond. 

With this in mind, in this article we’ll take a look at some of the best garden trends of 2023, as well as what to look forward to in 2024.  

Garden Trends 2023

The last 12 months have seen a whole host of garden design trends become popular, with some of the most widely used including:   

Environmentally Friendly Gardens

More and more of us are now conscious of our impact on the planet, so it’s no surprise that more environmentally friendly gardens have gained popularity. While they’re not necessarily anything new, 2023 saw sustainability and environmentally friendly gardens become the core focus of a space rather than just a trend.

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In practice, this means there is less focus on a natural, rewild approach and instead, there is more structure to the space to ensure it is as environmentally friendly as possible. This is a more practical approach, especially for those with smaller gardens, that blends man-made elements with natural plants and foliage.       

Darker Shades

While brighter colours are often popular in gardens, 2023 saw a greater focus on blues, purples and generally darker hues. 

This includes dark foliage, with brighter flowers and pops of colour stylishly scattered throughout the space to provide a flourishing landscape.  

Utilising Hard Landscaping

While more and more people are making the most of their garden’s natural elements, hard landscaping still has its place.  

2023 has seen homeowners seamlessly blend their hard landscaping and natural components together to create an all-encompassing space that both looks fantastic and is extremely functional. 

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For instance, slabs and stones can have their hard edges subtly softened with the inclusion of strategically placed planting to beautifully mix the two styles together.

Garden Trends 2024

Now we’ve reviewed some of the great garden design trends of 2023, let’s take a look forwards to 2024 to see what we can expect. 

Pollinating Plants

Staying on the theme of the environment, and 2024 looks set to see people continue to do their bit for the planet in their garden.

Welcoming butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife to your garden is evidence that it is thriving and offering great benefits to the environment. To further enhance this, people are likely to bring a wide range of pollinating plants into their gardens, including lavender shrubs, coneflowers, salvia plants and more.  

Goth Gardens

Goth gardening looks set to be one of the most popular design trends in 2024. This involves people gravitating further towards darker and moodier hues for their flowers and plants, only scattering bright colours intermittently.

This could include a royal purple bush, black or burgundy tulips and plum sunflowers, as opposed to the conventional yellow type.

Plant Edimentals

Edimentals are plants that can be used to both decorate a garden and are completely edible. While they have existed for centuries, they’ve slowly been gaining popularity in domestic gardens and this looks set to increase further in 2024. 

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There are a variety of options available, including flowers, plants and herbs like rosemary and thyme. You can find a whole host of plant edimentals at your local garden centre that can enhance your outdoor space.  

If you’re on the lookout for landscape design, garden design, garden maintenance or any other kind of gardening or landscaping services, Atlantes Landscapes is here to help. Taking a bespoke approach to everyone we work with, we’ve spent more than 30 years transforming gardens for our clients. To find out more about what we do, get in touch with our team today.

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