This year’s directions in garden design are all about connecting with the great outdoors, writes Robyn Willis
It’s no secret that home prices in Sydney and surrounding areas are at a premium. Lot sizes are shrinking and there’s simply no room now for spaces that are under used. Which perhaps goes some way to explaining some of the bigger trends in garden design we can expect to see this year.
Depending on your interests — or life stage — everything from urban farming and sustainable design to backyard sporting facilities designed to coax family members away from their screens are set to take hold.
While the idea of the outdoor room where lines between indoor and outdoor spaces disappear continues to dominate, the structural formality of garden design in recent years is giving way to sporting pursuits and hobbies such as growing your own food, raising your own hens for eggs and even managing your own beehives for honey harvesting.
The bigger picture
Much of the credit for these garden design directions can be attributed to the worldwide trend towards a stronger connection with the natural world in its raw state.
Natural materials such as solid timber and stone, native plants, preferably from the local area and understanding exactly where your food is coming from are all strong drivers.
Even if you don’t have a patch of earth to call yours, the interest in leafy indoor plants ensures the natural world is never far away.