30 garden trends for a glorious green space in 2024

As our connection with the natural world ever-evolves and deepens, see how you can make the most out of your outside space with our top garden trends for 2024

Garden design with curved planting beds, designed by Matt Keightley
(Image credit: Garden by Matt Keightley MSGD/Photo Alister Thorpe)

For many of us, our backyards and gardens are just as important as the interior designs of our homes, and the latest garden trends for 2024 can provide some beautiful, blooming inspiration and fresh ideas for your outside spaces. 

Inspiring garden ideas and backyard ideas allow us to celebrate the beauty of the natural world with our own unique design. One of the most important elements of garden design is that it is often a stylish extension of our home, and a chance to create another ‘room’ in which we can relax and entertain.

With beautiful looks from winners of the Society of Garden Designers Awards, to expert insight from designers and gardeners in the know, our collection of the upcoming favored garden trends celebrates both enduring garden ideas and innovative new styles, planting ideas, materials, and more that are set to flourish in 2024.

Whether you have a small garden, are researching sustainable garden ideas, or want to create the ultimate entertaining garden, our list of the favored garden trends for 2024 will no doubt leave you with a collection of inspiring new ideas for your outdoor space.

1. Be at one with nature

Planting and garden designed by Stefano Marinaz

(Image credit: Garden by Stefano Marinaz MSGD/Photo Alister Thorpe)

Outdoor spaces have always been seen as extensions of our homes, incorporating areas for relaxation, entertainment and dining. 

Planting should be lush and natural, as seen in the image above. The triple award-winner, Stefano Marinaz MSGD, who took the highly coveted  Judges’ Award, the Medium Residential Garden Award and the Design for the Environment Award for Church Barn in Essex, is seen here. 

The judges called this project 'a beautiful, understated nod to modernity.' They were particularly impressed with the 'complex and interesting planting,' saying it was 'a perfect example of how to be bold with big planting.' 

2. Sculptural steps

Large green garden with concrete steps, wooden bench

(Image credit: Alister Thorpe)

By challenging typical approaches to the design of a suburban sloped garden with a dynamic solution, using bespoke concrete cuboid steps, Tom Massey MSGD demonstrates the trend for contrasting industrial-style hard landscaping with the softening effect of lush planting. 

‘The result is an immersive sanctuary with functional and practical designed elements alongside a sense of adventure and fun,’ he explains. 'The sculptural steps lead through a sloped bank of green planting and cascading concrete and Corten steel water features, encouraging the user to slow down and engage with their surroundings.'

3. An urban oasis

Battersea Power Station garden by Andy Sturgeon FSGD

(Image credit: Garden by Andy Sturgeon FSGD/Photo: Rachel Warne)

Invoke a feeling of immersion and seclusion in a city garden by dispensing with a lawn and instead filling the space with dense planting, creating a sense of an urban forest, where planting plays a dominant role in comparison with hard landscaping. 

Among the 22 winners on the night was Andy Sturgeon Design, who scooped the top prize for Garden of the Year at the Society of Garden Design Awards 2024 for the Roof Gardens at Battersea Power Station in London, which the judges called ‘an extraordinary piece of work. The endeavor, scale of work and creativity are fantastic and the execution is beautiful.’ The gardens also won Best Roof Garden Award.

4. Create organic barriers

Urban woodland garden designed Harry Holding

(Image credit: Harry Holding)

Using planting to form natural barriers to noise and pollution is an increasing trend in garden design. 

Harry Holding returned after his success at the 2022 SGD Awards to take the Big Ideas, Small Budget Award for an enchanting woodland garden with an impressive planting design that the judges felt had achieved 'a wonderful transformation,' as seen in the image above. 

The planting provides a striking and beautiful contrast with the surrounding urban landscape and also helps to create wildlife corridors and increase biodiversity, while for the owner it offers calm spaces where they can be immersed in nature and unwind after a busy day.

5. Naturalistic planting

Garden design with natural planting by Robert Myers MSGD

(Image credit: Garden by Robert Myers MSGD/Photo: Richard Bloom)

A new aesthetic of naturalistic planting compositions with a simplicity of design inspired by the surrounding landscape is emerging – creating garden retreats that look and feel completely at home in their environment. 

With the challenges of climate change, there is an increasing need to select resilient plants suited to the soil, aspect, site and climatic conditions, which will also increase biodiversity. 

This year's Large Residential Garden Award went to Robert Myers MSGD for a garden in Cambridgeshire that was designed to enhance the setting of the house, improve access and circulation while creating new garden spaces and increasing the wildlife value of the site. The judges called it a 'strong and confident garden' and remarked on the lovely combination of colours, texture and movement that created a feeling of total immersion for the owners. 

6. Wildlife friendly

Pretty garden with shed in background, wildflower planting, trees and bushes

(Image credit: Kristina Clode)

Concerns about the environmental impact of gardening are leading to more sustainable design choices.

Using local and natural hard landscaping materials, as well as pollinator-friendly planting are some ideas to consider that can help local wildlife, as well as creating diverse habitats and planting perennial wildflower meadows.

Gardens that focus on helping nature and working with wildlife are beneficial not just for you, but for the local environment. 

7. Think vertically 

Small garden with striking vertical design, mirrored doors, plant wall, wooden paneling, brick steps, planters

(Image credit: Alister Thorpe)

Embracing vertical garden ideas and using every surface for growing and maximizing the use of space is gaining momentum in small space gardens, in particular. Dramatic vertical planting, with differing textures and movement, can transform a small courtyard garden, providing an oasis of calm and well-being. 

The introduction of vertical planting can significantly increase the species number and diversity of plants over what can be achieved solely on the ground level, and in small spaces, this can help to maximize the planting on display. 

8. Plant ornamental edibles

Close up of red flowers and bushes, garden path and more red flowers in background

(Image credit: Mary Guinness)

With the continuing rise of the grow-your-own movement, gardeners are now exploring ways to combine vegetables, fruit and herbs among flowers in mixed planting schemes that are both practical and pretty. 

Ideas include selecting crops as much for their taste as their ornamental properties for year-round interest; planting organically shaped beds; festooning pergolas with flowering edible climbers and using raised beds to elevate the enjoyment of more unusual edibles. 

Whether you garden on a balcony, in a city garden or large country estate, there is inspiration for how you can develop a plot-to-plate experience.

9. Create an outdoor living room

Indoor-outdoor room with two gray, white and wood sofas, tiled flooring, planting, wooden paneling in background, white painted walls

(Image credit: Juliettes Interiors)

From sunroom ideas to outdoor living room ideas and more, establishing an effortless flow between indoors and outdoors has been an important feature in both interior design and garden design over the last few years, and transporting the comfort that you would find in a living room to your outside space is key for 2024.

Juliette Thomas, founder & director of Juliettes Interiors says, 'there has been a distinct demand for high-end interiors that match the inside of our homes, as consumers are keen to decorate every inch of their home to make it feel as luxurious as possible. Gardens are very much an extension of our home so it’s vital that they are set up for friends and family – just as your living room would be. From outdoor rugs and side tables to comfy sofas and armchairs, opt for pieces made from the finest luxury materials to create the perfect outdoor setting.'

10. Establish lighting focal points

various garden lighting ideas including uplit trees, step lighting and lanterns

(Image credit: Light House Designs)

Although often not on the top of the to-do list when planning a garden, choosing the right lighting can have a huge effect on how you use the space. Whether it's purposeful task lighting in your outdoor kitchen or for setting the mood for your outdoor dining ideas when dining alfresco, your garden lighting ideas can be both practical and beautifully decorative.

British gardening presenter, landscape designer and writer, Mark Lane says, 'garden lighting continues to grow in popularity and the lit garden sculpture will be big for 2024. Use it as a focal point, nestled in hedging and used for a sense of surprise, or use it to draw the eye to something else either within the garden or outside. Focusing your attention on such a lit piece of sculpture will make you more aware of the now, absorbed in that moment, in that act of mindfulness.'

11. Introduce a Mediterranean flavor to your backyard

Large Mediterranean style garden with trees, pink flowers and plants

(Image credit: Abigail Rex)

Kristina Clode believes that all gardens, present and future, need to be designed to cope with increasingly wet winters and hot, dry summers. ‘We need to think of climate change and whether your tree will still thrive in 50 years’ time,’ she says. Her Mediterranean garden idea is to look to other climates for her plant choices. 

‘I am interested in using hardier trees from the Mediterranean region that are close relatives of our native trees.’ She also expects to use more Mediterranean shrubs together with succulents, grasses and perennials. Kristina has previously won a double award in the Design for the Environment and the Judges’ Award categories for her entry, Sedlescombe School Sensory Garden.

12. The garden lawn will be a thing of the past

Multi level garden with wooden steps, pink flowers, trees and plants

(Image credit: Marianne Majerus)

Looking to the future, Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD feels that lawn edging ideas will soon be giving way to a more naturalistic style of planting. 

‘Planting wise, clients are veering towards more naturalist styles, and are starting to understand that a large lawn is higher maintenance than large planting and garden edging ideas, and isn’t so good for the environment, providing very little wildlife habitat and requiring pesticides and weekly mowing to keep it looking smart.’ 

13. Look to geometric forms

Cozy garden with garden lights and hanging lanterns and firepit

(Image credit: Marianne Majerus)

Looking forward to new and emerging trends, Tony Woods MSGD of the Garden Club London reflects, ‘one of the biggest trends that I have seen is the use of geometric form used in paving, furniture and layouts. I think this stems from more natural forms and materials being used in both interior and exterior design and the trend is translating into off-the-shelf products including furniture and planters.’ 

14. Engage the senses with elemental features

Garden trends with outdoor furniture, two curvaceous lounge chairs and coffee table on round patio

(Image credit: Lisa Linder)

Looking ahead to 2024, outdoor living experiences will engage with all our senses, focusing on sound and reflective qualities of water; warmth, aroma and flickering light of beautiful outdoor fireplace ideas; textural materials and aromatic planting. 

Considering the senses and the experience of the senses in a garden is important, and will help you to create an attractive and stimulating environment. 

15. Oak will be a key material

Modern, futuristic garden with stone paving, wooden decking, glass buildings, trees and planters

(Image credit: Ann-Marie Powell)

Oak is a warm, naturally durable material that can be used for such a huge range of garden applications – deck ideas, furniture, pergola ideas, planters – while also providing a link to materials inside of our homes. 

Using natural wooden materials as part of the garden is one trend to watch for 2024. 

16. Stay true to your surroundings

Garden design in Pistoia by Adam Hunt

(Image credit: Garden by Adam Hunt/Photo Jason Ingram)

Further afield, one commercial project to be recognized on the night was Masseria Pistola in Italy designed by Adam Hunt which was named best International Commercial or Community Landscape & Garden. 

The garden comprises of a series of distinct terraces, a farm shop, parking, and an amphitheatre for performance, picnics and star-gazing in the clear Puglian skies. 

The judges remarked on the lovely balance between a human scale and a landscape scale and called it 'an absolutely stunning project with an exemplary quality of planting and forms and shapes that blend beautifully with the wider landscape and are perfectly suited to the climate'.

17. Explore flood prevention options

open-plan park area with green planting, bench seating, stone pavement

(Image credit: Mickey Lee)

‘It is imperative that every garden designer should consider the adoption of nature-based solutions as a minimum baseline to address future climate change,’ says Edward Freeman MSGD. 

One of Freeman's previous designs, seen above, employs a SuDS (sustainable drainage system) that aims to retain 100% of water runoff on-site. Permeable resin-bound gravel was used for new paths adjacent to trees to allow percolation of water and allow air to the roots, while bespoke natural stone paving patterns direct surface water to flow into subterranean drainage diffusion units to capture rainwater and release it slowly into the ground below.

18. Build a split level backyard 

Close up of multi-level garden with black outdoor furniture, wall, climbers, wicker screen

This pared-back garden design by Henrietta Murray-Wicks creates a tranquil mood

(Image credit: HMW Studio)

Having a garden set over more than one level can give so much more than a single plane. 

‘Urban gardens almost inevitably have a change in level,’ says London-based garden designer Butter Wakefield and there’s hardly a garden she designs which doesn’t include a set of steps. Different levels help to zone areas and present a wonderful opportunity to play around with materials. 

Meanwhile, Francesca Langlea of Langlea Design explains that terracing is the optimum way to deal with a change in level. ‘With terracing, we can make usable, level spaces as opposed to impractical sloping ground.

19. Devise a multi-functional space

Large, luxurious garden with swimming pool, indoor-outdoor building with seating, trees, flowers and planting

This garden, designed by Stimson, has an elegant swimming pool complete with pavilion

(Image credit: Stimson)

 Just as today’s homes now have to have multi-functions, so are our gardens being pushed to the limit. 

‘With people relying on their homes as an office, then an outdoor space for connecting with nature and entertaining friends and family safely is essential,’ says Isabelle Palmer of The Balcony Gardener

Homeowners now want to invest time and money into cultivating their outdoor spaces – large or small – into a functional and beautiful enhancement of their homes. For those that have the space, swimming pool ideas are high on the agenda for next summer, as are fully equipped garden buildings. 

20. Plant flowers for pollinators 

Close up of purple lavender plants

(Image credit: Future / Annaick Guitteny)

Garden designer, Butter Wakefield always considers nature when selecting plants, and explains how Salvias can be a great choice.

'They need minimal TLC, they flower for a long time and are an absolute haven for pollinators, protecting declining bee species.’

‘It’s all about plants for pollinators. I concentrate on what the bees will benefit from early-flowering, nectar-rich bulbs and perennials, such as crocus, Geranium phaeum and Helleborus niger; there’s often a shortage of food for pollinators early in the year,’ she says. 

‘I carry this through to late-flowering Aster novae-angliae ‘Helen Picton’ and Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’, which bloom to the end of November or the first hard frost.’

21. Use bricks and mortar 

Small garden with brick wall, brick flooring, metal water container, flowers, bushes, trees

This small, low-maintenance urban garden, designed by Belsize Gardens, uses bricks instead of paving

(Image credit: Future / Colin Poole)

Designer Henrietta Murray-Wicks is a fan of brick in the garden, in particular a herringbone pattern. 

‘I tend to use bricks with a stone border so it gives the effect of a rug on a floor, anchoring the space and any furniture placed on it. The bricks can also help accent certain features and give a real sense of movement within a garden while still using the same material palette overall.’ 

Butter Wakefield also says, 'recently, we completed a project in north London where we ran bricks from the garden into the house. Not having some form of pattern at ground level is a missed opportunity to create interest, particularly in a small space.’

22. Grow your own 

Cream and glass greenhouse, gravel path, climber fences, pink flowers and plants

Producing our own food taps into our basic human needs

(Image credit: Hartley Botanic)

No longer the preserve of larger gardens, vegetable garden ideas are now appearing in nearly every style of outdoor space. Whether this is a cottage walled garden or simple vegetable garden container ideas for a balcony garden, the grow-your-own trend is on a strong upward trajectory. 

With people wanting to find more reasons to spend time outdoors and in their garden, it’s not only about easy fixes – which is why growing plants from seed has taken an upsurge this year and is set to continue into 2024, too. The pandemic has clearly changed our way of thinking, our approach and priorities.  

For Tom Barry of Hartley Botanic, which sells a range of greenhouses and gardening accessories, it has been decades since he has seen such an interest in people becoming more self-sufficient. 'Being able to produce food taps into the most basic of human needs and ultimately, for many  of us, ‘growing our own’ is the right choice for  our health and well-being.'

23. Think big

White wooden bench with green bushes, and trees

(Image credit: Future / Mark Bolton Photography)

'I always encourage people to think big in their garden,' says award-winning landscape and garden design consultant Michael John McGarr. 'Or even to think tall.

All garden design needs some larger scale trees or shrubs to create grandeur and visual impact – even in a small backyard. As long as you choose the appropriate species and variety of a tree, do not be scared to think big! While grand topiary is an art of our garden history – a move away from the traditional plants used to achieve this is a necessity in a changing climate.   

In a recent scheme we have exchanged Italian cypress for fastigiate beech trees to create a grand avenue of trees. By doing this we can create grandeur and scale, but with the added benefits for wildlife of native plants and trees.'

24. Take a less is more approach to garden design

Neat lawn surrounded by flower beds with bench

(Image credit: Annaick Guitteny)

James Smith MSGD, Design Director at Bowles & Wyer, thinks the philosophy of ‘less is more’ will become more prominent, saying: 'I really want to focus on creating more pared back design schemes, but with high attention to detail and finishing.'

Tracy McQue MSGD of Tracy McQue Gardens shares this philosophy, saying: 'I’m looking forward to planting multiple grasses and a simple palette of perennials to make the lightest of design touches to a very rural project I am working on in Scotland. It’s important that my design ties in with the extended and wild landscape.'

25. Beautify with a romantic plot

Vertical garden ideas with climbing roses, stone steps, lawn and plants

(Image credit: Future / Mark Bolton)

Over the last few years, we have spent more time at home than ever before, meaning the search for style inspiration for outdoor living has never been greater. 

Chelsea Gold Medal winning design duo Harris Bugg says, ‘making spaces work harder for longer seasonal use is the current garden trend and that goes hand in hand with the planting and how we keep visual interest going through the seasons.

The garden now needs to be multipurpose, with a space for entertaining and relaxing. And it has to look good too. 

The 2024 garden will see a surge in ceramics, colored glass, local materials and granite. It’s all about materials that can be natural, artisan and practical at the same time. The planting spotlight is on successional designs that provide color and interest all year round.'

26. Let pattern and texture take center stage 

Large garden with low hedging, trees, flowers, gravel path

(Image credit: Future / Allan Pollok-Morris)

Mirroring 2024 interior design trends, pattern and texture will be creeping back into our gardens this year. 

'Cold minimalism is beginning to look pretty tired now,' says Jane Brockbank 'and it also begs the question – "how does this contribute to the wildlife locally and in the garden?"' Jane brings pattern and texture into her designs by creating faceted planting zones and by blurring the line between the hard landscaped and soft planting areas in the garden, using gravel planting to create the transition between the two.

27. Incorporate curvilinear forms

Garden design with curved beds by Matt Keightley MSGD

(Image credit: Garden by Matt Keightley MSGD/ Photo Alister Thorpe.)

Curvaceous, free-flowing forms, across furniture lighting, architecture and accessories, is a huge interior design trend for 2024, and after almost a decade of symmetrically ordered urban gardens. 

The new Wellbeing Garden at RHS Wisley designed by Matt Keightley MSGD took the prize for the best UK Commercial or Community Landscapes this year. The judges were impressed with the strong design aesthetic, accomplished, well-considered planting and great use of texture, colour and shape, calling it a 'complex and beautiful scheme within a very difficult space.

28. Embrace the render revival

mediterranean garden with pergola covered in climbing plants

(Image credit: Leigh Clapp)

'Look out for Monocouche renders in 2024,' says Mark Laurence. These renders are a rare application in garden design, having been used predominantly by the housebuilding industry. 

Mark says, 'monocouche renders are low maintenance, weather resistant and hard wearing plus they have great texture but they need professional application. A different look can be achieved with conventional render using mineral pigments (which are applied whilst the render is still green) and layered on in color washes and absorbed into the surface, keeping the render breathable. I think the red or yellow ochres tones work very well in a garden setting.'

29. Cherish outdoor play with family and friends 

A wooden chest of drawers with food and drink on it in front of a Welcome sign in a garden

Photography/Simon Scarboro

(Image credit: Future)

'Young families want to encourage their children to get outdoors, prizing them away from laptops, tablets and TV’s,' say Mandy Buckland of Greencube. 'We have been asked to integrate outdoor play in many of our gardens in recent months and have been incorporating blackboards, sand pits, hammocks, balance beams, climbing frames and even mini wildlife garden pond ideas. We design them so that they are integral to the garden layout, repeating the material and use or color.'

James Smith of Bowles & Wyer agrees, adding, 'gardens will increasingly become important for families, to connect at social gatherings and for mental health – a welcome antidote to technology and screens.'

For more inspiration, explore our collection of ideas for gardening with children.

30. Go for greenhouse living 

Garden room ideas with country style decor, two armchairs, stone flooring, plants and flowers on windowsill

(Image credit: Future / Emme Lee)

A trend for larger greenhouse ideas and glasshouses has been influenced by the fact that we are increasingly using our greenhouses for both horticultural requirements and other ‘lifestyle’ uses.

'The vast majority of our customers are using their greenhouses for horticultural reasons, as you would expect – for growing edibles, raising seedlings, etc,' says Tom Barry, managing director of Hartley Botanic.

'However, many customers, who are still serious gardeners, are using their greenhouses in a more multifaceted way. We do see customers introducing living, relaxation, dining and lifestyle elements into their greenhouse use. Most commonly however, we are seeing a trend for greenhouses to be used for al fresco dining and as a space for morning and evening relaxation.'

The burgeoning greenhouse market amongst families with young children will continue to grow, driven by concerns around air miles, food provenance and organic production – along with the educational benefit of teaching kids about food. 


How do I update my garden?

The key trends we have explored in this piece can provide you with a whole host of new ideas for your outside space.

From beautiful, big projects where you transform your garden layout through clever zoning ideas, to smaller updates through planting in containers and pots, your garden can be easily updated, no matter your budget or the size of your space.

A great way to update your garden and make it feel more comfortable and look luxurious, is to bring elements of the inside, outside. From garden rugs, to beautiful outdoor furniture and accessories, blurring the boundaries between these spaces will only make for a more inviting outdoor space that you can enjoy spending time in.

For further inspiration, explore, how do I add luxury to my backyard

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.

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