Your 30 Best and Worst Garden Trends Revealed

We’ve all had plenty of time to think about revamping our gardens, but what are the most loved and hated garden trends of today?

From garden gnomes to living walls, the most popular and disliked garden trends have been revealed in a poll commissioned by tool specialist Draper.

The poll of 2,000 gardeners revealed that 83 percent of them thought they had impeccable gardening taste, although a quarter thought they had made some poor decisions with regard to their garden plots.

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Among the popular choices were bird feeders and vegetable patches, while it was green thumbs down to hot tubs, wind chimes and conifers, and some features, such as decking, household items repurposed as planters and a pub in a shed, appeared on both lists.

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Kev Smith, head of marketing at Draper Tools, said: “Gardens are a very personal thing and what is right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another, so if you’re happy with your garden then that’s all that matters.

“But it’s certainly fascinating – and a bit of fun – to find out what people are keen on and what they’re not quite so fond of.”

The poll discovered that three in 10 gardeners get most of their inspiration from garden centres, and 26 percent from gardening TV programmes, and that they spend around 86 hours a year working on their gardens, with 70 percent looking forward to spending more time in their gardens this year.

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Kev Smith concludes: “Gardens can be a wonderful and rewarding place to escape to – I know mine is and I love nothing more than relaxing in the hot tub with a gin… though clearly I’m off trend.”

THE TOP 30 BEST GARDEN TRENDS

  1. Bird feeder
  2. Vegetable garden
  3. Water feature
  4. Lanterns/outdoor lights
  5. Summer house
  6. Hanging baskets
  7. Bird bath
  8. Herb garden
  9. Solar lighting
  10. Green house
  11. Raised garden bed
  12. Decking
  13. Hedgehog homes
  14. Pond
  15. Wildflower area
  16. Fire pit
  17. Composting
  18. Built in BBQ/Outdoor kitchen
  19. Planters
  20. Garden pathways/stepping stones
  21. Bumblebee nest boxes
  22. Rose gardens
  23. Tree house
  24. Rock garden
  25. Terracotta plant pots
  26. Patio heater
  27. Garden bar/pub in a shed
  28. Living walls
  29. Household items repurposed as planters
  30. Bird/animal box camera

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TOP 30 WORST GARDEN TRENDS

  1. Gnomes
  2. Fake grass
  3. Plastic ornaments
  4. Fake animal/bird statues
  5. Artificial topiary balls
  6. Buddha statue
  7. Trampoline
  8. Hot tub
  9. Recycled tyres as plant containers
  10. Pub in a shed
  11. Ivy
  12. Fences painted with orange wood stain
  13. Wind chime
  14. Shoe-shaped planter
  15. Fairy gardens
  16. Pretend bicycle planters
  17. Metal animal wall ornaments
  18. Garden tiki bar
  19. Household items repurposed as planters
  20. Outdoor beanbags
  21. Crazy paving
  22. Sonic animal repellers
  23. Conifers
  24. Decking
  25. Patio heater
  26. Gas powered barbecues
  27. Fire pit
  28. Topiary
  29. Chimenea
  30. Decorative crates

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“We’ve all had plenty of time to think about revamping our gardens, but what are the most loved and hated garden trends of today?”

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