Top Garden Trends for 2018

Some bloomin' marvellous garden inspiration

As we’ve just had the first glimpse of summer this year, you might be turning your attention to your garden and wondering how you can spruce it up. Whether you’ve got a small backyard or a big open space, we’ve got a few ideas on what you can do to create a beautiful outdoor area for you to enjoy over the coming summer months. And when you shop for your new garden pieces via Quidco, you’ll earn cashback at the same time as an added bonus.

Outdoor garden trends

Read on if you’re looking for inspiration for outdoor garden design and find out what are the key garden trends for 2018.

Embrace al fresco living

This year it’s all about bringing the indoors outside and embracing the al fresco lifestyle. Despite the climate, we Brits have been embracing the outdoors more and more in recent years. Moving your dinner party outside can be really great if you’re stuck for space in your kitchen or dining room area. Whether it’s a bigger party or simply to enjoy a long summer evening, there’s no better way to do that than in a gorgeous outdoor area.

If you’re working with a big space, then go all out with a chill-out area and add an outdoor corner sofa set from Not On The High Street. This stunning, modern outdoor sofa is perfect for seating family and friends around when entertaining. Or, if you’re lacking in outdoor space then why not go for a four-piece wooden patio set from Wilko that can fold away easily, making it ideal for smaller homes.

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Grow your own

Yes, growing your own veg is going to be one of the top gardening trends of 2018. With a rise in a veganism and a plastic pollution crisis on our hands, there’s no better way to do your bit for the planet than by growing your own fruit and vegetables. It means you’ll spend more time enjoying your garden by tending to it and is there really anything better than completely fresh produce?

If it is your first time growing vegetables then we’d recommend starting with something small and easy to grow such as potatoes, radishes or tomatoes. To raise your own tomato plants from seeds, get started with this electric propagator from If you fancy potatoes instead, you can use a raised bed such as the garland 230 litre raised bed that’s perfect for growing your spuds.

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Colourful garden furniture

Bright colour palettes

Bring some colour into your garden and stay bang on trend as this year is all about bright colour palettes. Think bright colours, tropical prints, and colour block when buying garden furniture and accessories. We absolutely adore this outdoor side table from John Lewis that would be perfect for putting your drinks on and would give a nice pop of colour to your outdoor area. Or go for a bold yellow to add colour to your garden with this table and chair set from, which is an ideal size for smaller gardens or balconies.

Brighten up your existing furniture with some outdoor cushions such as this palm leaf print cushion also from John Lewis. Add to the mix some outdoor lighting from Marks & Spencer and you’ve got a cosy outdoor space that can be enjoyed long after the sun has gone down.

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Garden on balcony

Balcony gardening

If you’re an apartment dweller and lack outdoor space you could start balcony gardening if you have one. Balcony gardening has taken off in a big way and the trend looks set to continue well into 2018. Whether you’ve got a big terrace or a two-foot balcony, if you’re creative you can create a gorgeous outdoor space to enjoy.

Before you go crazy planting, you need to think about watering them and where the water can drain afterwards, as well as things like safety and weight. if you’re unsure of how much weight your balcony can take, seek professional help.

Start small with some window boxes and work out what is easy for you to maintain.  If you’ve got a large balcony, consider adding some plant pots along with a tray to catch water that drains away.

Add some candles and lanterns to create a homely and cosy feel. We love this candle lantern from and this small black glass lantern from

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Wood effect porcelain tiles

Get the wood look without as much maintenance with these incredible looking tiles. You can create weatherproof decking that’s suitable for terraces, patios, balconies, swimming pools, driveways and steps. These are hard wearing, scratch, and stain and heat resistant so they’re the perfect choice for robust outdoor flooring that looks great. Check out the incredible range of wood effect tiles at Walls and Floors and earn cashback when you shop via Quidco.

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