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5 top gardening and landscaping ideas for 2021

With outdoor socialising still very much on the agenda for 2021, you won’t be the only one looking for inspiring gardening and landscaping ideas. Make your outdoor space inviting for friends and family with modern garden design features, such as a stylish fire pit or barbecue area.

New garden trends have emerged during the pandemic. We love the garden gym trend, either in a converted shed or garden room. In need of some cheap gardening and landscaping ideas? Replace a tired old fence with a contemporary wooden, metal or wire design. Even a small change can add value and style, helping you enjoy your space. Whether you have a small garden or a simple front yard, overhaul your outdoor space with our top 5 ideas, below.

1. A garden gym will make your outdoor space work hard

Gardening and landscaping trends: Person doing yoga in front of large window in garden room

A garden gym might sound luxurious, but it’s a really practical and affordable solution that’s perfect for gym bunnies or those trying to create a healthier lifestyle. If you’re short on living space, but have a decent sized garden, create an inspiring workout space by converting an old shed or building a sleek garden room.

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2. Transform your garden with contemporary fencing

New minimalist-style fence in back garden

If you’re looking for a way to section your garden, create more privacy, or simply smarten up your space, fencing is an affordable way to update your garden and make it more enjoyable to spend time in. We particularly love trellis fences, which encourage climbing plants and allow sunlight to pass through, perfect for growing shrubs and flowers.

Want to revamp your fencing? Post a job to receive quotes from our trusted fencing specialists.

3. Get summer ready with a barbecue area

Wooden patio area with built-in BBQ

There’s nothing better than having friends and family over for a huge barbecue on a sunny afternoon. The key to a good barbecue isn’t just the type of grill you have, but the way you style the area around it. Make it a welcoming feature with paving, seating, lighting and a table to hold your feast.

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4. Be the envy of family and friends with a fire pit

Gardening and landscaping trends: Firepit on patio in back garden

Fire pits create a warm, cosy atmosphere and provide light for evening socialising. They come in all shapes and sizes – including freestanding bowls and chimeneas. So, even if you have a small space, you’ll be able to find a style that works. 

5. Fine-tune your irrigation and sprinkler system

Sprinkler in garden

A timed irrigation and sprinkler system will help you save time and money. They can also be very precise, using smart technology to evaluate weather and soil conditions to distribute water exactly when and where it’s needed – perfect for growing seedlings, fruit and vegetables.

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