Key garden trends for 2022

Key garden trends for 2022

Marshalls explores the key garden trends for 2022.

If 2020 was the year people fell back in love with their gardens, 2021 was the year they began to invest in them or at least start to save towards a significant project. But what are the most sought after features of a garden for 2022, and what materials are currently the most popular? Marshalls have researched it, so you don’t have to! Keep reading to stay on top of the latest trends so you can make the best recommendations to your clients and customers when it comes to their outdoor spaces.

Trends in garden design

When it comes to garden layouts, it’s clear that people are still spending more time in their gardens than pre-pandemic. Choosing to move away from minimalist planting, homeowners are bringing more flowers and shrubbed areas to their spaces; raised beds for growing vegetables are proving popular, for example. While people are still looking for low maintenance patios, they are clearly happy to embrace gardening as a hobby and still find the time to keep their outdoor spaces looking good.

Many of the features that people are currently planning for their gardens also show that they want to continue spending more time in them –seating areas, pergolas and open-air kitchens are all must-haves for 2022.

For people lucky enough to have large outdoor spaces, they’re choosing to create different zones within their gardens. Even with a smaller garden, splitting it into different areas can maximise the space and its use. A popular way to do this is to use the same paving colour throughout the garden but in a mixture of different sizes and textures.

Pro tips: creating garden zones by designer Pip Probert

If your customer is looking to maximise the space in their garden, use these tips from professional garden designer Pip to offer advice.

Use different heights – low-level steps and raised planters are a great idea for small gardens as well as large

Try using different materials on the floor – this breaks up the monotony of a single material type; you could use different block sizes of the same material too

Create alternative boundaries – this helps break up a plot into individual ‘rooms’. Boundaries could be decorative panels, trellis and climbing plants, solid structures like walling, or simply a planted border.

Patio colour trends

Grey paving continues to be the most sought after product? from homeowners; this trend has been rising for several years and shows no sign of slowing down. The benefits of grey paving are that it looks great against most types of brickwork and works well for both modern and traditional homes. Still a popular choice for indoors too, a grey patio is often used to create a smooth transition between outside and in, especially where the house has bi-fold doors or similar.

Going away from a single colour, if your customers are looking for something completely different you can tell them about the growing trend in patterned paving. Porcelain is available in several different patterns and finishes such as corten and terrazzo; recent garden designs have used these for step risers, underneath seating areas and even dancefloors.

Patio material trends

Natural stone and slate remain popular choices for patio paving, with porcelain continuing to grow in popularity too. All are great options for a hard-wearing and stylish garden, with natural stone a favourite amongst people looking for a timeless style and porcelain for customers who want a low-maintenance option.

For customers looking for grey tones in different paving materials, porcelain is an ideal option and offers a lot of different shades. Limestone is also popular, with people choosing it for its more modern and smoother finish, compared to traditional riven stone.

Homeowners are also increasingly using block paving for garden paths and a border around a patio in the same shade, showing the versatility of this classic paving choice.

Three considerations when helping a customer choose their patio paving
1. Style of the home
Traditional homes suit rustic cobbles and natural stone; ultra-modern properties look great with smoother paving like porcelain.

  1. Maintenance
    Some paving types need regular maintenance, whilst others can be left for longer. Make sure your customer continues to love their garden project long after you’ve left by understanding how much time they want to spend maintaining it before recommending materials.
  2. The budget
    In general, 80 per cent of the cost of a garden or driveway project is in the preparation and groundwork and only 20 per cent on the products chosen. Help your customer choose the best paving they can afford by sharing this information with them.

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Pole Position
In our November edition, Professional Builder spoke to the Group Director of Sustainability at Marshalls plc, Chris Harrop OBE about what the manufacturer is doing to address climate change issues. In 2021, the company announced it had reduced its carbon footprint by 50 per cent since 2008 and was named one of Europe’s Climate Leaders by the Financial Times, and you can read the full article by following the link:

Chris is an accomplished sustainability leader with over 20 years of experience. He has overseen several major corporate social and environmental responsibility initiatives at Marshalls, including becoming a FTSE4Good constituent, working with the Carbon Trust to carbon label thousands of products, gaining the Fair Tax Mark and becoming a Living Wage Employer.

Chris is a champion of climate action and in 2017, he achieved one of his life goals by travelling to the North Pole to see for himself the impact of climate change on the polar ice caps. You can watch Chris’s video here more information on Marshalls sustainable commitments visit


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