Embracing Nature: Garden Trends for 2024

As we approach 2024, many of us will begin to look inward. Personal wellbeing is high on many people's agenda but you don’t actually need to look far to find places that encourage positive mental health.Garden work has been proven to improve mental wellbeing and much of this can be found in embracing a life lived in harmony with the natural world around us. Garden design will always involve symbiosis between man and nature but this can sometimes get a little lost in the allure of aesthetics. The trends of the coming year will focus on making more sustainable and environmentally responsible design choices which in turn, can herald a sense of achievement and of making a positive contribution to the planet.

Sustainable Gardening

The climate emergency remains an unresolved issue which means that in 2024, sustainable practices will become more prevalent in garden design. Gardeners will place greater emphasis on native species, drought-tolerant plants, and organic gardening techniques. Now is the time to tool-up on composting methods and rainwater collection systems. These eco-friendly practices will soon become standard.

Edible Landscaping

There is nothing more satisfying than cooking a meal from the vegetables and herbs you have plucked from your garden.  A growing number of gardeners are combining aesthetics and practicality in their landscape design by incorporating edible plants. In addition to encouraging a healthy diet, this trend reduces the carbon footprint caused by food transportation.


The precious bee has joined the unenviable list of endangered species which is potentially catastrophic. It is therefore no surprise that garden designers and horticulturalists are refocusing their efforts to include wildlife sanctuaries in their work.  More and more gardens are created with pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects in mind. Native flowering plants, bird baths, and bee hotels are becoming more and more prominent in contemporary gardens.

Vertical Gardening and Small Spaces

As we enter 2024, the luxury of a large garden space has become the rare privilege of just a few. But with small outdoor spaces comes the opportunity to be more creative and to push the boundaries of what was previously considered the norm. Vertical gardening is a brilliant solution to small spaces as it not only allows for an abundance of growth, but it can also look stunning. Terraces, balconies, and even window ledges are being transformed into lush, green oases.

Smart Gardening Technology

When used properly, technology can be a friend and ally of the earth. Smart gardening tools are becoming more popular, ranging from soil sensors to automated watering systems. These tools are more than simply a convenient way to garden, they also help support water conservation and plant growth.

Therapeutic and Sensory Gardens

It is a well known fact that gardening is beneficial to mental health and well-being and designers are becoming mindful of incorporating stimulating elements for human enjoyment. Therapeutic gardens with fragrant plants, soothing water features and tactile elements are becoming increasingly popular in both private and public settings.

Vibrant Colours and Textures

Pastel colours may have previously dominated the palettes of gardens, but they have had their day. Pigment is back! 2024 will see a shift toward vibrant colours and varied textures. This trend reflects a widespread desire for vibrancy and energy in our outdoor spaces. Make way for bold colours and textures.

As you dive into the fascinating world of garden design, why not elevate your skills with our expert-led courses at the Garden Design Academy? Whether you're a beginner eager to learn the basics or a seasoned gardener looking to embrace the latest trends, our range of courses is tailored to meet your needs. Enrol now and start your journey towards becoming a garden design maestro in 2024!

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Written by: Fiona Byrne

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