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10 gardening trends predicted to be huge in 2021Including balconies and windowsill gardening...

The top 10 garden trends set to dominate 2021 have been revealed in new research — and small spaces, wildflowers and raised garden beds are top of the list.

Take a look at the top trends to have on your radar below...

1. Balcony gardening

Research found that one in eight households in the UK have no access to private or shared gardens. With more city-dwellers looking for smart ways to embrace nature, balcony gardening is set to be on the rise in 2021.

The team explain: "You have plenty of choice to make this functional space really come alive, whether you opt to make the most of any wood on your balcony, go for minimalist design, or choose to go all out wildlife oasis.

"The plants you'll need will depend on your chosen look, but by opting for the likes of jasmine, lavender, foxglove, bamboo, eucalyptus, snake plants, and peace lilies, you can’t go wrong."

2. Wild gardens

For many people this year, gone are the days of pruning, mowing and meticulous garden maintenance. The second biggest trend in our up and coming list is the wild garden.

Whether you opt for wildflowers or leave a patch of your lawn unattended, wild gardens are brilliant for creating a haven for bees, butterflies and hedgehogs to thrive. Some of the plants to get your hands on include single-flowering varieties of plants and open flowers, too.

3. Inside Outside

The momentum around outdoor living areas has really picked up in recent months, so it's no surprise that it's one of the key trends for 2021.

"The inside outside garden trend is all about creating flow from your inside space to your outdoor space, so one naturally flows into the other. The garden should feel like an extension of the home. Both your interior and exterior design must work in harmony."

4. Tiny Gardens

Many of us may not have a large outside area, but 2021 will see households make the most of what they do have — regardless of size. Some of the plants to have on your radar include long-flowering perennials, evergreens and climbers.

With a tiny garden, it's all about making the space look bigger. Options include growing up to use your vertical space, laying borders, having clear pathways, and creating specific zones or outdoor rooms.

5. Raised garden beds

Raised garden beds are great to consider if you're stuck on space; you can control your soil better, reduce soil compaction and care for your plants much easier. The fifth trend in the list, 2021 will see many of us opting for this in our outdoor spaces.

6. Permaculture gardening

Permaculture gardening means "permanent agriculture" and it's defined as working with natural forces – wind, sun, and water – to provide food, shelter, water, and whatever else your garden needs.

To achieve this look in your garden, opt for annual vegetables like beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers and squash, while adding in plenty of flowers and greens to create a permaculture look.

7. White gardens

Dazzling white flowers and bright white furniture have been growing in popularity over the recent months. "Key steps to create a white garden, include choosing a dark backdrop, varying up the foliage and changing up shapes and sizes, repeating form, and finally adding some eye-catching white flowers to fill the space."

8. Windowsill gardening

A windowsill garden is ideal for growing plants that will add a little something extra to your cooking — especially if you don't have a garden. Think herbs, chilli, kale, baby beetroot, pea shoots, onion and spinach. You might not have a sprawling space, but that doesn't mean you can't grow fresh plants and flowers in your home.

9. Grey gardens

This calming hue is not only one of the most popular paint colours for the home, but it has also been making its way into the garden, too. Whether you opt for grey patio paving, fence paint, gravel, or garden path, there are many ways you can tap into one of 2021's biggest trends.

10. Cottage gardens

The final trend for 2021 is charming cottage gardens. If you're looking to achieve this style at home, consider planting roses, foxgloves, poppies, sweet peas, and delphiniums. We're certain it will look as pretty as can be...

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