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Garden trends to look out for in 2022

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Traditional cottage exteriors, wildflowers, and sustainable spaces were all set to make a splash in the coming year



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13 January 2022

When we need to know the next big trend, where do we turn? To the world of social media of course. Image-sharing platforms like Pinterest can be the perfect place to find and be inspired by the biggest trends of the moment.

When it comes to our gardens, it’s no different. We can spend hours scrolling through boards on Pinterest and re-imagining our outside space. But what are the biggest trends of 2022?

Using Pinterest trends data, WeThrift researched what garden trends design enthusiasts have been adding to their inspiration boards ahead of the new year.

WeThrift analysed Pinterest trend data over the last three months to determine which garden exterior trends have peaked in the lead up to the new year. Each trend was ranked on the percentage increase from October 2021 to the current. According to its research, the top 10 garden trends on Pinterest are:

  1. Stone Walls – 300% increase in search volume
  2. Cottage Garden – 272%
  3. Vegetable Garden – 219%
  4. Wild Garden – 206%
  5. Outdoor Kitchen – 200%
  6. Meadow Garden – 146%
  7. Hot Tub – 120%
  8. Wildlife Garden – 117%
  9. Sustainable Living – 89%
  10. Rattan Furniture – 87%

“It seems this year gardens and landscapes will embrace the natural world instead of removing it,” said Nick Drewe, trend specialist at WeThrift. “Our findings discovered a huge surge in the number of people searching for ‘wild garden’ with an increase of 206%.

“Creating a wild garden gives dimension to your outdoor space and over time, it will increase the number of wildlife and wildflowers you get in your garden. Creating a wild garden is simple and can be done by just letting nature take over and see what the outcome is, or some gardeners prefer to incorporate specific plants and wildflowers into their space.”

“Stone walls are a huge trend this year, with an increase in the search volume of 300% on Pinterest,” continued Drewe. “People will use them at showstopper garden features to retain a flower bed or add them around your seating or hot tub area to create a sense of privacy.

“Cottage gardens are going to be a huge trend throughout 2022 as people start to embrace nature and soft tones. The trend is all about incorporating pastels, with soft blues, green foliage and highlights of wildflowers to achieve an effortless look.

Drewe added: “Get your garden ready for the spring season by adding a splash of pastel blue paint to your bench, or invest in comfortable vintage seating. Create a flower bed packed full of natural British flowers and finish off with stone pathing and garden features. A cottage-inspired garden is a sure way to create an idyllic space for family and friends to enjoy.

“Grow your own is a big trend for 2022. As we head into spring we will start to see homes incorporate vegetable and fruit plants into their space as we look for more sustainable ways to live. Couples with rising food prices and shortages, it’s no surprise that homes across the country are looking for ways to grow their own organic produce.”

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