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Gripsure blog - Outdoor living with 2017 Garden Trends

Spending time at trade shows, reading industry magazines and, of course, visiting gardens, helps the Gripsure team keep up to date with the latest in outdoor living and garden design. Here are our insights into 2017’s garden trends.

1. Outdoor living

The boundaries between our houses and gardens will continue to blur. The outdoor living trend will continue, with even more of a move towards taking the inside out. With a wider range of barbecues available now than ever before and fire pits becoming much more popular, we seem to want to spend time in our gardens all year round. Just a quick glance at Houzz shows there is now a massive range of outdoor furniture options - gone are the days when our choices were limited to plastic, wooden or cast iron table and chairs. Swing seats and hammocks help you create a tranquil space to relax while modular seating is perfectly suited to socialising with friends and family. To create an outdoor living space you can make the most of all year round, non slip decking is a great option as it stays safe even when it’s wet or icy underfoot.  

2. Natural materials

According to garden designers, softer surfaces are starting to replace the sleek, hard edges that have been a feature of modern gardens in recent years. If you are considering new landscaping for your garden, timber decking is a more natural alternative to composite decking, which is made of a mix of wood flour and plastic. Find out why we prefer timber to composite decking here. To soften the lines in your garden, there are now some really exciting vertical planting products from companies such as VertiGarden that allow you to create living walls. 

3. Colourful planting

The international organisation for the ornamental plants industry, Fleuroselect, has tipped the Zinnia to be the flower of the year. This easy-to-grow annual offers long lasting colour and its increasing popularity suggests we may be returning to a more rustic, romantic look for our gardens. Though planting is always a matter of individual taste, we think gardens are set to become more colourful in 2017.

4. Sustainability

We hope the focus on more environmentally sustainable gardens is a permanent shift, rather than a passing trend. The RHS has great advice on environmental gardening and adapting your garden so that it can help protect against flooding and welcome more wildlife. If you are choosing decking, make sure it is made from FSC certified timber, which gives you the confidence that it comes from sustainably managed forests.

5. Low maintenance

The focus on outdoor living puts the emphasis on gardens looking attractive with minimal effort. However much we value our gardens, most of us do not have unlimited hours to spend tending them. Even the keenest gardener will appreciate having more time to enjoy their garden. That is why growing numbers of people choose decking as a low maintenance alternative to a lawn. Gripsure anti slip decking, now available from Homebase, does not need any further preservative treatment so you can relax and start enjoying it as soon as it is installed.