Upcoming design in garden trends

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Predicting upcoming trends and styles in any arena can be a bit of a stab in the dark.

However, horticulturist Adam Woodhams said landscaping tended to follow more predictable pathways and lent itself to trend-mapping.

The lifelong gardening enthusiast and former TV presenter shared some of his top landscaping trends that were likely to spring up on properties in 2018 with New Homes.

Stress-free care

“A huge growth area in 2017 that will continue into 2018 is the area of quality battery-powered garden tools,” Mr Woodhams said.

“Homeowners and professionals have taken to the ‘always on’ nature of battery gear that avoids messing around with refuelling and starting.

“Plus, the massively lower noise levels mean most can be used without hearing protection, and your neighbours won’t even know you’re running it.”

Lawn lives

Regardless of how small your patch is, homeowners love having a piece of natural lawn for a soft playing surface or snooze in the sun.

Mr Woodhams said a real lawn also reduced reflected noise and sun glare, and remained cooler in hot weather than pavers or AstroTurf.


With blocks getting smaller and neighbours getting closer, designers are getting smarter with green choices for screening and privacy.

Mr Woodhams said clumping bamboo will become the most popular choice as it’s fast-growing, reliable and drought, heat and cold-tolerant.

“One word of caution is on selecting the right varieties,” he said.

“Talk to a professional for advice as the wrong form can end up towering over your home.

“My personal favourite is variegated dwarf Malay. It’s a true hedging bamboo and grows to a very neat 3m with dense foliage from top to bottom, perfect for most suburban screening situations.”

Other trends to look out for include the continuation of the vertical garden and greenwalls, smart LED lighting, the creation of ‘me-zones’ for some quiet time and the integration of the ‘colour of the year’ as declared by Pantone – ultraviolet.

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