GRASS IS GREENER UK gardening habits revealed as ‘deliberately wild’ styles are in – but garden gnomes and artificial turf are shunned

A poll of 2,000 adults with an outdoor space found that more than one in 10 described their entire yard as ‘deliberately wild’ in style, to encourage biodiversity.

Fruit trees, compost rooms and greenhouses appeared in the list of what people most like to see in a garden.


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But anything painted with an orange wood stain, wind chimes, recycled old tires and artificial molded spheres probably won’t be bought in 2022.

Water features and ‘living walls’ are also among the most popular garden trends of the moment, while fake animals, Buddha statues and plastic ornaments are out.

Kevin Smith of Draper Tools, who commissioned the study, said: “So many of us have taken up gardening lately and it’s fascinating to watch the top trends – as well as those that have fallen out of favor.

“It’s great to see how many people are focusing on sustainability by growing their own food, composting, harvesting rainwater and boosting biodiversity in their gardens – hopefully these are long-term trends that last.

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“Gardens are ultimately a very personal thing, so while gnomes and plastic flamingos may not be top trends, if you love them in your garden, that’s all that matters.”

Other elements Britons are now turning away from in their gardens are hot tubs, perhaps due to rising electricity costs.

Another 27 percent don’t see trampolines in their backyards and 15 percent consider topiary ‘over’.

However, some trends made both the top gardening trends and the worst trends suggesting a disagreement.

Those that fall into this “love/hate” category include decking, ponds, fire pits, and repurposing household items to grow plants in, such as bathtubs, sinks, and old bicycles.

Exactly one in five respondents say that keeping up with the latest garden trends is ‘very’ important to them, while three quarters think they have a great outdoor taste.

And during a typical week, Brits with green fingers spend an hour and 20 minutes thinking about how to make the most of their outdoor space.

Nearly a fifth (17 percent) also admit to getting ‘inspiration’ for their garden by peering over the neighbour’s fence.

Adults spend nearly two and a half hours a week outside tending their yard during the summer months.

According to the OnePoll data, they estimate to have spent a total of £1,732 on buying new bedding plants, plants, tools and other gardening expenses since they moved in.

And it’s seen as money well spent, as 34 percent said spending on their gardens is a worthwhile investment.

Respondents also say their top priority for their garden is simply a place to relax (49 percent).

However, just under a quarter (24 percent) say sustainability is their number one goal, and 31 percent want a space where they can grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Kevin Smith of Draper Tools added: “Our results showed that people use their gardens for many different things and there are certainly strong feelings – but almost everyone wants their space to look good.

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“This is the time of year when all the work you do in winter and spring pays off and you can enjoy that outdoor space.

“And if wild animals, birds and insects can also thrive in space, then that’s just perfect.”


1. Bird Feeders

2. Planters

3. Birdbath

4. Fruit trees

5. Hanging Baskets

6. Lanterns/outdoor lighting

7. Solar lighting

8. Vegetable gardens

9. Garden paths/stepping stones

10. Herb Garden

11. Rainwater harvesting

12. Terracotta Plant Pots

13. Water Features

14. Wild Pasture Area/Wild Flower Cultivation

15. Raised Garden Beds

16. Successive Gardening (Plants Bloom All Year Round)

17. Decking

18. Rose Gardens

19. Ponds

20. Compost Areas

21. Greenhouses

22. Summer Houses

23. Natural stone/minerals

24. Hedgehog Houses

25. Trellis

26. Fire pits

27. Glazed Plant Pots

28. Rock Gardens

29. Bumblebee nest boxes

30. Immaculately Trimmed Lawns

31. Greenhouses

32. Naturalistic Planting

33. Built-in BBQ/Outdoor Kitchen

34. Pergolas

35. Reuse of Plant Household Items – Bathtubs and Sinks

36. Bird/Pet Box Cameras

37. Palm trees

38. Pizza ovens

39. No gardening – also known as rewilding (not maintaining a garden)

40. Streaks in the Lawn


1. Fake Grass

2. Plastic Ornaments

3. Gnomes

4. Trampolines

5. Artificial Topiary Balls

6. Fake animal/bird statues e.g. Flamingos

7. Buddha statues

8. Hot Tubs

9. Recycled Old Tires As Planters

10. Pub in a Barn

11. Tiki bar in the garden

12. Shoe Planter (a planter that looks like a shoe)

13. Fairy Gardens (Little Mini Gardens for Fairies)

14. Ivy

15. Pretend Bicycle Planters

16. Painted everything with orange wood stain

17. Brightly painted fences

18. Outdoor Bean Bags

19. Sonic Animal Repellers

20. Wind Chimes

21. Reuse Plant Household Items – Bathtubs & Sinks

22. Gas BBQs

23. Crazy Pavement

24. Flowers That Don’t Smell So Good

25. Trees That Drop Leaves Everywhere

26. Topiary (trimming hedges to shape)

27. Decking

28. Over-pruned shrubs

29. Metal Bird/Animal/Butterfly Wall Ornaments

30. Conifers

31. Patio heaters

32. Decorative Crates

33. Fire pits

34. Fireplaces

35. Ponds

36. Rattan furniture

37. Garden Clock

38. Plain lawns with borders around them

39. Garden Kitchen (for adults)

40. Gazebos

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