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National Gardening Week: The most popular gardening trends for 2021

It's National Gardening Week – 26 April to 2 May 2021. So what are the hottest gardening trends for 2021 and what will be influencing your next garden makeovers? The answers are below…

What’s hot in the garden for 2021? What better time to reveal the answers than National Gardening Week?

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So what’s a sure-fire way of finding out what’s on trend and what’s not? Social media of course, and gardening decor experts DIYS.com have put their internet skills to bear to deliver the most popular garden trends for National Gardening Week.

Cleverly searching Pinterest has resulted in the definitive top ten hot gardening topics based on the number of pins each garden topic has earned on the social media platform. The more pins… the more popular.

So here’s the official top 10 most pinned gardening looks for 2021, as discovered by the experts at DIYS.com.

And at number one…

Recycling and repurposing

Cutting out plastics and recycling more is the biggest trend for 2021 gardening
Cutting out plastics and recycling more is the biggest trend for 2021 gardening

The top garden trend for 2021 is the ‘recycle and repurpose garden’ with 269,869 Pinterest pins. Pinterest boards within this craze show inspiration on how to recycle everyday items and repurpose them as plant and flowerpots and garden decoration. It’s great to see such a worthy topic hitting the top slot.

Balcony gardens

Just because your balcony is small, it doesn't mean it can't be gorgeous
Just because your balcony is small, it doesn’t mean it can’t be gorgeous

In second place with 264,966 Pinterest pins are balcony gardens. Throughout the year, city occupants have had to become creative with their outdoor areas, and so this Pinterest trend displays examples of all of us who took that time into maximising all those small spaces. Gardening is bigger than ever – no matter how small the space.

Sustainable gardens

Wildlife-friendly sustainable plants such as salvias and knautias are increasingly popular.
Wildlife-friendly sustainable plants such as salvias and knautias are increasingly popular.

Ranking in third, and once again returning to eco-themes are ‘sustainable gardens’ with 250,613 pins. The trend supplies informative inspiration on limiting waste, how to be self-sufficient, and tips on guerrilla gardening (the act of cultivating public spaces and other areas you may not own in order to brighten up the world around us). Very noble.

The full top ten – in order of popularity

1 Recycle and repurpose garden – 269,869

2 Balcony garden – 264,966

3 Sustainable garden – 250,613

4 White garden – 215,156

5 Vertical Garden – 153,092

6 Garden office – 123,542

7 Social space garden – 14,644

8 Split level garden – 9,940

9 Staycation garden – 6,562

10 Rustic retreat garden – 6,529

Stefan Gheorghe from DIYS.com says:

“Gardens have become far more than just a place to plot plants. Over the past year, we’ve seen consumers wanting to convey a sense of relaxation into their accommodations and offices. And with the weather warming up, a lot of people are now looking to recreate garden spaces to mimic interiors such as garden studios and social spaces.

People no longer need a large plot of land to create their ideal green oasis – those with small outdoor spaces like balconies can create gardens via a multi-functional solution such as vertical gardening.

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In addition, as staycations are on the rise this year, many homeowners are looking to design garden spaces that remind them of their favourite holidays. Bars and tall, leafy plants will be an emerging decor trend this year.”