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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
BRITISH TOP 40 GARDEN TRENDS FOR 2022:
1. Bird Feeders
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)
18. Rose Gardens
20. Compost Areas
22. Summer Houses
23. Natural stone/minerals
24. Hedgehog Houses
26. Fire pits
27. Glazed Plant Pots
28. Rock Gardens
29. Bumblebee nest boxes
30. Immaculately Trimmed Lawns
32. Naturalistic Planting
33. Built-in BBQ/Outdoor Kitchen
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
UK’s WORST 40 GARDEN TRENDS FOR 2022:
1. Fake Grass
2. Plastic Ornaments
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)
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)
28. Over-pruned shrubs
29. Metal Bird/Animal/Butterfly Wall Ornaments
31. Patio heaters
32. Decorative Crates
33. Fire pits
36. Rattan furniture
37. Garden Clock
38. Plain lawns with borders around them
39. Garden Kitchen (for adults)