Whatever size your outdoor area, here is a sneak peak of the top garden trends for 2018:
1 – Open Air Living Rooms
No walls required: a covered outdoor area is an extra living or entertaining room. It’s a great way of doing some of your living elsewhere – a place you can relax, doze, daydream, cook, eat or entertain outdoors. When it comes to creating a great outdoor space, think of your garden as a whole new room to decorate. The secret is to design it like you would your living room, with plenty of comfortable seating options, places to put drinks, and great lighting.
2 – Succulents
The drought-tolerant, sun-loving plants continue to look fresh in 2018. Great for adding striking texture, shape, and another layer to gardens this year as well as tying outdoor areas together.
3 – Indoor/Outdoor Flow
Incorporate the garden into the living space to increase your home’s livable square meterage. Maximise indoor-outdoor flow by increasing the width of door openings.
4 – Fire Features
A fire feature turns a garden into a gathering place. A fire pit or fireplace is a focal point that creates warmth and light. Rawson Homes has a range of fire features on offer.
5 – Slat Fences
Vertical stripes can make things look taller. A vertical slat fence will create the same optical illusion outdoors —and make your garden look bigger, too.
6 – The All-Year Planter
A cluster of planters—each with a single Buxus —creates a green backdrop that looks good year-round.
7 – Sliding Walls
The ultimate luxury is a house that completely erases the barriers between outdoors and in. Sliding doors disappear into the background when they’re not needed. Rawson uses leading Australian manufacturer Stegbar’s sliding metal doors in aluminium that blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces so that the home and garden are connected seamlessly.
8 – Monochrome Palettes
A one-colour palette creates a serene backdrop for outdoor living—and plays up textures in the garden. A dash of black to create instant contrast may be all you need to call attention to the green contours of a landscape. It will make everything else pop.
9 – Portable Gardens
Portable planters and pots that you can group en masse and move during cold weather are turning temporary gardens into permanent friends.