So, now that we are well and truly settled into 2017 and 2016 seems like a distant memory to us, we should look what may be in store for our landscapes this year. With the influence the 'Scandi' look had on our interiors in 2016, don't be surprised to see that echo and spill out onto our landscapes, as we all strive to bring the indoors outside.
The garden is going to be more of a living space than ever before, with whitewashed floors, outdoor lighting and candles playing major roles in 2017. Check out these trends for making your garden a useable space that you will want to spend time in not only in 2017 but for years to come.
Seating is becoming more and more comfortable in the garden. It is time to throw away the straight upright garden furniture and look for something that you can lounge on, lie in and laze on in your garden. A trend that started with the outdoor sofa a few years back has advanced and is going to new extremes of relaxation with daybeds and the most extravagantly comfy swing seats.
With all this outside living space, you will need an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are really just BBQ’s with a bit of added zest. Whether that be the addition of a sink, a fridge or just a fancy work surface, it is more than just a BBQ on wheels, it’s on trend!
This idea is not that new as over the past few years, we have seen a surge of outdoor fireplaces and firepits in our gardens. The idea of the fireplace/firepit is to create a focal point which will allow us to spend more time in our garden and be as warm and comfortable as we would be inside the house. It is likely that this idea will continue to run and run for years to come.
Outdoor lighting is getting better and cheaper, but more importantly, much more fun. Lighting can come in some extremely cost-effective forms, such as solar, battery-powered, or even rechargeable lights. Lighting can be magical in your garden and can make it feel like another world when the sun drops away for the evening. We can use lighting to highlight certain areas and features of our gardens and make them come alive in the darker evenings.
Scandinavian style has taken over the outside of the house as well as the inside. The overall colour of the Scandi style is chalky white, and this can come from whitewashes or white paint on your garden floor, brickwork or even fences.
Decorations and containers are zinc or galvanised. For a final touch, the addition of candles and a fake fur rug to your outside room will give a real Nordic feel.
With this Scandi style, planting is getting softer and more romantic. Best sellers are blousy pink Tulipa 'Angélique'. Enormous blousy pink peonies like Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' fit the mood, or go for Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle', dripping with soft white flowers. Always think sophisticated, glamorous and gorgeous.
What's in Store for Landscapes This Year
Caliza flags in Sandstone Ground (with Setts in Slate, Country Cobble paving in Killyleagh, Regal Stone walling in Cashel and steps using TerraPave flags in Rimini Ground and Bullnose Kerb Setts in Slate Non-rumbled)
Canterra flags in Slate (with Country Cobble edging in Cashel, Regal Stone seating in Cashel and Aspen Stone firepit in Canelletto)
Manor Stone flags in Glenarm (with Country Cobble edging in Cashel + Slate, Mile Stone walling in Slate and Regal Stone walling in Canelletto)
Building our first home was made so much easier by the expert advice and support giving by AG
Mr Paul Pringle, Bangor