After the hottest July on record, it’s time to get outdoors and flex those green fingers. But which garden trends are popular this summer? The team at Quealy & Co Estate Agents love a bit of gardening and have been keeping on top of the latest designs and looks in Kent! Now we’ve come up with the five key garden trends this summer 2022.
1. Don’t be shy with colour!
Vibrant colours are very popular this summer. For years, muted and pastel tones have been the go-to palette, but this year, they’re being widely replaced by bolder plant choices. Daring hues like reds, purples, and oranges are in style for 2022, with canna, crocosmia, and salvia being especially popular. Combinations like oranges and yellows are on-trend for this summer, giving gardens a modern aesthetic.
2. Drought tolerant gardens are more important
More people than ever before are worried about climate change. With a hosepipe ban imminent in some part of the South East already, and predictions of more droughts in the future, there has been a move towards a Mediterranean planning approach with demand increasing for drought-tolerant flowering plants. Especially ones that are known for attracting bees. Lavender, verbena and perovskia are becoming firm favourites in southern British gardens.
3. Gardens as another room
With house prices still increasing nationally and especially in the South East, many homeowners are keen to find ways to extend their living space, and one way of doing this is use their outdoor areas. Outdoor kitchens, living and dining areas, and children’s play spaces are all popular options. Comfortable outdoor furniture, pizza ovens, sunken fire-pits, and patio awnings have all become must-haves this summer.
4. British grown plants are in-demand
Gardening supplies are becoming more expensive, with the price of plants going up by around 13% over the past year. This has led to a higher demand for British-grown plants, and the result is a rise in the number of back-garden orchards.
Red produce and apples are a strong focus for summer 2022, with pomegranates and chokeberries being two exotic fruits that are being introduced to British gardens. Traditional vegetable patches are also re-emerging around the country, with keen gardeners trying to reduce their carbon footprints by growing their own produce.
5. Nature gardens are proving popular
Fitting in well with the drive for eco-friendliness, many gardens this summer are seeing a move towards a more natural look. Wildlife gardens with an immersive feel are popular, and sustainability is a keyword for green-fingered homeowners everywhere. Wildflowers, ponds, and hedgerows are on the rise, while the drive to use peat-free plants is also high this year.
The Benefits of a beautiful garden
For any homeowner, a beautiful garden is an oasis of calm to spend time in after a hard week at work. However, if you’re keen to sell your property, it can be even more important, potentially boosting the value of your home significantly.
If you’re thinking of selling your home in the Sittingbourne area, get in touch with the team here at Quealy & Co today on 01795 429836 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . As experience property experts in the local area, we’re your number one estate agent when it comes to listing your home for sale in Kent.
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