The top landscape design trends shaping outdoor spaces and gardens in 2024.
- Sustainable Landscaping
- Wildlife Friendly
- Personalised Space
We can all agree the UK weather is very unpredictable. Last year we witnessed record high temperatures followed by heavy flooding. It’s anticipated that landscapers will continue to incorporate methods of management for unexpected climates, with Xeriscaping becoming a huge trend.
Drought resistant plants, gravel, rain or swale gardens and waterwise gardening practices can all help to counteract the impact of climate change.
Sustainability is not just a buzzword
The environmentally-conscious are prioritising sustainable practices in landscape design, including native plant selections, water conservation and recycled materials.
Landscapers are considering creative ways to reduce waste and repurpose supplies, not only leaving a positive impact on the environment but increasing potential for great aesthetic appeal.
Enhancing ecological value
Wildlife-friendly gardening involves creating and maintaining outdoor spaces that support and attract a variety of wildlife. Protecting biodiversity in landscaping projects contributes towards local conservation and creates a sustainable, resilient ecosystem.
Landscape professionals are adopting these practices by:
- Installing bat boxes, birdhouses and insect hotels to support breeding.
- Using native plants, trees and shrubs to provide essential resources for wildlife, which typically require less water and maintenance compared to non-native species.
- Designing soft landscaping schemes to include nectar-rich plants, wildflower seeding, hedging and groundcover.
Taking a bespoke approach to every design
Clients are seeking tailored spaces to reflect the personality and characteristics of the site, whether it be a show home, play area or healthcare facility. This can be achieved by varying planting schemes and adapting access areas like pathways and walkways to preference visitors.