Homes & Gardens | Hot summer garden trends for 2021

Homes & Gardens | Hot summer garden trends for 2021

Check out 6 styling essentials for your back garden

Is your garden in need of a makeover – or just an update? Take a look at these summer garden trends…


Like many around the world, being trapped at home has made us dream of a vacation in a lovely warm location. Hopefully, as things gradually ease, we’re not too far away now from this becoming a reality, but why not bring the holiday themes to your back garden?

Mediterranean themes are one of the trends we’re starting to see pick up this year, with the use of terracotta, and pastel-like colours being implemented into the garden space. To continue the theme, why not add layers of scatter cushions to your outdoor furniture? Some soft creamy lighting and also an outdoor rug can bring the whole thing together.


Another theme is a look inspired by Belgian design. This style is often referred to as ‘luxurious simplicity’, which uses a minimalistic theme but implements quality items within the space.

A tip for this theme would be to focus our outdoor space around one or two focal points, such as an outdoor sofa or dining table, and then dot around a few plants and accessories to complete the look.

Don’t go overboard: Belgian style often incorporates a limited palette, so keep it simple and elegant.

Rattan textures

The use of rattan is going to be high on the list for exterior designers this year. Rattan furniture is used a lot in holiday destinations, so installing some furniture in your back garden that uses rattan, is going to make the garden feel like you’ve finally managed to get that holiday you’ve been dying to have.


Bold colours from paint and accessories are out this year, with 2021 opting for a more neutral feel. The key to this trend is to work with tones rather than a variety of colours. This keeps things nice and simple but also makes strong colours from your newly raised flower bed pop.

Monochrome gardens

Another similar trend we’re seeing to the neutral theme is that rather than using plants and flowers as a bold pop of colour, homeowners are taking the theme a step further and planting white flowers that creates a monochrome theme for the whole garden.

Bold colours through plants

When it comes to the use of colour in our gardens, the brighter the better for 2021, but only through the use of plants and flowers. As mentioned, a theme this year is going to see colours from paint, furniture and accessories become far more neutral and monochrome, so the colour is going to come from our flower pots and beds. This creates various focal points away from the dining and lounging area to create highlights throughout the garden that catch your eye when you least expect them.

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