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What characterises the ideal 2020 garden?

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funnyperson Fri 13-May-16 19:48:52

So I was looking around and thinking how some gardens are stuck in the seventies and then began to wonder what plants, planting and features would characterise a lovely 2020 garden? Any thoughts?

everywhichway Fri 13-May-16 21:11:38

Gladioli. They've been out of fashion for so long now their time must be coming again soon....

funnyperson Sat 14-May-16 01:26:16

esp gladioli byzantium
alliums? grasses?

ClaudiaWankleman Sat 14-May-16 01:34:32

Pampas grass grin

funnyperson Sat 14-May-16 11:26:26


funnyperson Sat 14-May-16 11:27:14

flowering lawns

funnyperson Sat 14-May-16 11:28:01

For instance this decade has so far been about the raised bed and cow parsley

MadSprocker Sat 14-May-16 18:12:59

Dahlias were out of fashion for ages, but seem to be having a resurgence. Perhaps vertical gardens, as more people have less space?

howtorebuild Sat 14-May-16 18:15:59

A high maintenance garden will be a sign you have money. The time poor will have low maintenance gardens.

everywhichway Sat 14-May-16 18:21:45

As dear old Christopher Lloyd used to say, low maintenance gardens are for people who aren't really interested...

shovetheholly Sun 15-May-16 08:00:13

I think sustainability, wildlife friendliness, some degree of food growing will be modern concerns. Just caring for the space really. It is a bit shocking how neglected 70% of British gardens are... That's a lot of space that's not really being used.

SugarPlumTree Sun 15-May-16 12:03:18

Ornamental edibles, gardening for wildlife hilts creating a space that functions as somewhere to be despite the variance in uk weather.

funnyperson Sun 15-May-16 20:05:22

Oh yes, vertical gardens and eco roofs and water butts
Yes, ornamental edibles like purple beans and rainbow chard

But how do you create a space that functions despite variance in weather?

I think white concrete seating will become retro

SugarPlumTree Sun 15-May-16 20:24:57

I haven't worked out the weather variance thing yet but if summers continue to be wet I think people will finf a way. Covered patios with removable wall panels or something.

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