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Garden design trends for 2016
The garden remains a focus of domestic life for family entertainment or for simply relaxing with friends. The trend for a unified indoor - outdoor space continues with paved surfaces linking the two for harmonised living. Large paving units in natural stone or the recently introduced vitrified ranges create a sense of luxury and expansive scale, even for the smaller garden.
Emphasis is placed on the quality of the material with paving such as Lorento Perlino or Ivory providing soft, light tones and the subtle veining of marble. Namera provides greater warmth and variation of tone for a more cosy atmosphere and the dark, moody qualities of Gravity Dark help to create a richer, sultry character that works well with foliage planting.
Long paving planks provide a more dynamic sense of movement with a look similar to decking. The cool textures and colours of Nordic Ash in the Cordara range are worth exploring for cool urban terraces or intimate retreats.
Soft perennials and ornamental grasses remain in favour contrasting a wilder look with clipped topiary forms or sculptural, multi-stemmed shrubs or small trees providing eye catching focal points. This simplified layering of planting types also delivers a greater sense of space and elegance. Strong colour in flowering perennials is counter balanced by softer, billowing grasses. Use a smaller overall palette of plants, allowing larger planting groups to add drama, excitement and rich colour depth.
Award winning garden designer (Wilson McWilliam Studio), Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers, Director of the London College of Garden Design
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