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Landscape design trends 2019

Landscape design trends 2019


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Landscape design trends 2019

The 2019 landscape design trends are here to help you create inspiring garden designs for your home. A few well-chosen pieces and a few key accessories can make or break a design.

Some of these trends will change quickly, while others will take a while to get your feet under them. You can use what you learn from the trends to inform your design choices today or to help plan for the future.

Innovative colour schemes and design features

Textured walls

Concrete borders

Sand walls and concrete

Use abstract and figurative shapes

Use fences

Opt for small water features

Go wild with colourful pots and planters

Wildflower meadows

Innovative garden design elements and features that were prominent in 2019 included:

Textured walls

Concrete borders

Sand walls and concrete

Use abstract and figurative shapes

Use fences

Opt for small water features

Go wild with colourful pots and planters

Wildflower meadows

Colour

Many of the trends this year were influenced by some key colours. The variations in how the colours were used also reveal a strong emphasis on colour.

Whilst subtle colour and strong use of a single colour is popular now, some trends included one or two strong focal colours in an otherwise muted palette. For example, see the still life arrangement at the very end of the terrace below, featuring bright yellows, oranges, and greens (in the planters, steps and in the pot), and white accents, to make the dramatic arrangement pop.

Textured walls

Adding textured features to a wall, such as concrete, bricks, stone, and terracotta, was one trend. However, there were several types of textures used. Concrete was used to create a surface that the eye could focus on. It was also a popular feature to create space and structure. See, for example, the concrete wall in the still life planter image above, or the garage wall in the photograph at the very beginning of this article.

Colour can be used to vary the texture and add impact to a space. For example, here, the blue conrete is a backdrop for the vivid, bright flowers. The textured walls were a major focus for the picturesque garden image at the start of this article.

Sand

The use of sand (dry river or beach sand) was one of the more subtle, but most common, features used to add structure and interest to the garden. This can be seen, for example, in the planter still life image at the top of this article. The wheelbarrow, wheels and flowers are all features that add interest, but without any real structure. The beach pebbles provide this as well as contrasting and creating texture. See also the sea wall at the start of this article.

Concrete

Concrete can also be a subtle but effective colour addition to a garden. As seen in the three garden images at the start of this article, the concrete and terracotta pots add a uniform, textured feature to the gravel. These planters are also included in the planter still life at the top of this article.

Water features

Not only does concrete add structure to a garden but it can be used to form a water feature. The concrete here, used to create the pond, is also the foreground colour. We see the contrast created in the image. The water features, combined with concrete walls and pools, are featured in the garden images at the start of this article.

If concrete is too big a focus, there are many other water feature options. Ponds, plants and meadows can all create an inviting feature for the landscape.

Mini pools are a popular feature and provide opportunities to play in and relax in your garden. Many options are available, including concrete, ceramic, and even concrete that you can get wet when it rains. Ponds are a favourite option.

Small pools are ideal for fountains and bubblers, providing lots of movement, and can be a real talking point in a garden.

Fountains, bubblers, and waterfalls provide lots of movement, creating a magical atmosphere for all the family to enjoy together. Check out the waterfall, bubbler and cascade here or look for a water feature at your local garden centre.

Opt for small water features

If you don’t have the space or budget to create a small pond, water feature or mini pool, you can still create an effect. For example, a simple trick is to add a pond or a moat around the garden. Plant overgrown grass around the edge of the pond or moat.Once it grows, the edge of the pond or moat can be left as a thin line of grass, and you get a pond, a moat, grass and a decorative feature all in one! You can do this with concrete and stone or simply add some stones or paving around the edge to create a moat. The ground around the edges of a garden can also be an effective place to plant a garden feature. See this planter at the end of this article.

Fences

This was another key feature, used to add space and structure to the garden. It provides a neat break in the symmetry and forms a barrier to access or walkers. Fences can be a practical or decorative feature. They can be light, subtle, straight or arched, or they can be vertical, or feature finials, or be made from local materials such as timber, stone or concrete.

Windbreak hedges were also popular in 2019. They are used to provide privacy in the garden, to allow plants to grow freely, and to create an area of interest and to divide areas of the garden. Windbreak hedges are a popular choice for most people who want privacy but still need protection from the elements.

This windbreak hedge was featured in a garden by Landscape Studio. This type of hedge can be trimmed to fit the shape and location of the garden.

A further windbreak option is a structure that blocks the wind from