Trend Forecast 2021

Trend Forecast for 2021

Lifestyle Home Garden prides ourselves on consistently investigating the latest decor and gardening trends worldwide, to bring these moving currents in style fresh to you. In this blog we focus on some of the Global trends for 2021, in gardening and outdoor spaces.

From a continued focus on small spaces to the embracing of wild flower gardens and easy-to-care for perennials, the theme this year is easy-going, hassle free, joyous gardening that focusses more on catering to individual environments, and less on forging specific styles of yesteryear.

We’ve sourced the Top, most prominent trends that we think are easy to adopt into most peoples busy lives and variable spaces.

Trend 1 : Sustainable gardens with a focus on individual climates.

A focus on sustainability is a concurrent trend throughout the micro-trends this year. Planting plants that grow naturally in the climate one lives in – for example an arid garden for a hot dry climate. Sustainability also means focussing on plants that grow well with each other, that support wildlife in the garden (bees, other pollinators, small animals), and varieties that are heirloom. Indigenous planting is priority – look for local and your plants will thrive.

Read more about Indigenous Planting |HERE|.

Trend 2 : Thoughtful use of space

That sunny spot in the garden in the morning is becoming the focus for an early cup of coffee – the end of the garden where a chair has been placed for a contemplative moment in nature is an important part of the initial garden plan, or being incorporated into garden upgrades.

What with garden spaces becoming smaller due to urbanisation, the maximum use of space is ever important.

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Oftentimes these days gardens are smaller, perhaps boxier, or not really a conventional size, and the spaces are being more carefully planned to accommodate precious time in the garden. Expect outdoor observatories, beautified balconies, planned patios and hygge hangouts. 

Trend 3 : Edibles in containers

More and more, gardeners are turning to planting edibles and flowers in pots. A continued trend from years prior, it makes sense to combine gardening and culinary passions into one activity. Add to this the fact that produce can be grown in small spaces, quite densely, and this trend can be seen to escalate further in years to come.

For more on growing your own kitchen garden, click |HERE| to read about Potager gardening, and |HERE| to read about companion planting.

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A ‘return to humble gardening’

Lockdown on a global scale saw masses of gardeners opt for edibles instead of flowers and ornamental plants. Trailing varieties of tomatoes replaced hanging baskets of florals, and almost certainly, edibles and herbs are still being inter-planted in traditional garden beds. The emphasis is on sustainability and the ability to produce food, lowering carbon footprints and increasing healthy home-grown food intake.

Trend 4 : Grasses and green walls-

     -and pretty much any other tall structural plants in pots – think a calm sanctuary of easy-to-maintain greenery, creating a safe haven of bliss, or a much needed privacy screen.

Gardening is a relaxing and meditative activity for many, and this scene of calm is made even more perfect with surroundings of green walls of bamboo, fantastical ferns with their splendid leafy displays, and other dramatic large foliage. 

Trend 5 : Pantone colours that exude boldness 

This year, sunny and bold, the eggyolk yellow that is Illuminating pairs marvelously with the more austere Ultimate Gray, forming the basis for eccentric art, eclectic decor colour duos and fantastical toning matches, spanning the spectrum of each colour. 

Think sunny highlights on shadowy gray backgrounds, or explore the yellow brick road in different ways, popping yellow blooms into grey pots and making a feature of it in any green setting – such an easy way to embrace the trend. 

Paint planter boxes or outdoor furniture in these colours for a vision of curated boldness with very little effort. Lifestyle Home Garden has a sumptuous range of summery decor peppered with lemony tones, to update your kitchen or dining room space.

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Trend 6 : Size matters!

The newest trend is miniature this and small that – but before you bash the trend, let’s unpack this. Sweet small veg comes with a host of benefits – the crops are ready for harvest in a shorter –the veg is packed with way more flavour than the larger versions, and best of all, mini-veg can be planted in small spaces to really get the maximum harvest.

Find a host of mini-veg seeds and seedlings in the nursery now! Or ask our Inside Info staff for advice on our range. Remember to sow and plant into borders, pots and already-existing beds, and really up your veggie content in your garden. Succession sowing is the key to a continued harvest throughout the relevant seasons. 

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Trend 7 : Expanding on your indoor jungle

The benefits of indoor plants are plentiful, and with the myriad of online advice these days there really is so much to learn along the way. 

Check out one of our favourite indoor jungle inspirationsSummer Rayne Oakes, who has the most sensational indoor jungle in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. 

Also see our very own Indoor Plant category on our blog, which is bound to be a source of inspiration and education to the avid gardener.

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Trend 8 : Online is the way

Buying online has become such a norm, but this trend is worth mentioning as Lifestyle Home Garden has had its own online store since March 2020, and it’s constantly expanding to serve you, our wonderful customers. 

Find all of your essentials, buy gift cards, peruse our latest specials and a lot more! Click |HERE| to explore our online store! 

Trend 9: Wild is the way, and perpetual perennials

From walkways adorned with carpets of wildflowers on each side, to beds overflowing with easy-going perennials – wild is the way. Find all of the perennials your heart desires in the living aisles at Lifestyle – from inky agapanthus and salvias to salivate over, statice and yarrow, begonias and gauras to invite the butterflies- we really do have a host of bright and beautiful blooms!

Mix them in beds and pots – organic is the look rather than neat rows, and exude English cottage vibes in as local a way as possible! 

 Tag @LifestyleHomeGarden so that we can see your posts, and let us know how you are embracing trends this new year!
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