IF YOU want to get your green space up to scratch, now is the time to put a spring in your step.
Garden experts shared their insights into the next biggest trends in outdoor space so that you can impress with your up-to-date exteriors.
From planting to installing indoor furniture outdoors, there are plenty of ways to play with your space.
Would you try any of these new trends?
Getting new trees into your garden is big business these days as everyone becomes more eco-minded.
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Speaking to Good Housekeeping, RHS Young Designer of the Year 2021, Freddie Strickland said: “Trees are so important. There’s a tree for every space, no matter how small, and by increasing our national canopy we’re doing incredible things for the planet and for people too."
He suggested that for smaller gardens, crabapples and cherry trees work well.
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Cute cottage gardens
Sweet country cottage style gardens will be all the rage this year, with an informal mix of heights and colours.
Plant expert Michael Perry said: "I’m a big fan of mass planting, with perennials that look great through every season. Cottage gardens aren’t limited to the countryside.
"By using dwarf and shorter varieties of plants, you can have the cottage look anywhere you want."
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Space for wildlife
People are embracing sharing their garden with other creature with many people installing bee sanctuaries, bird houses and little nooks for hedgehoods.
Author of How to Garden the Low Carbon Way, Sally Nex said: “You can make a huge difference to the fortunes of the wild creatures around you.
"The latest report on hedgehog numbers in cities show that their populations are now stabilising, simply because people have been managing their gardens for hedgehogs.
"We can all help by cutting a small ‘hedgehog highway’ in the fence or building a hedgehog home in the corner of the garden."
Plenty of people are adding some home comforts to their backgardens.
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Garden Trading’s senior buyer, Claire Wilks said: "Garden mirrors are flying off the shelves.
"Styled well with plenty of surrounding plants and flowers, s mirror can simply act as a beautiful accent feature, but it also works well in smaller gardens to reflect light back and give the illusion of a larger space bathed in sunlight.”
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