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WE’VE un­earthed some of the top gar­den­ing trends of 2017, set to siz­zle well into 2018.

Danny from Xte­ria Land­scapes shares his favourites, ideal for those mov­ing into a new home and ex­plor­ing their op­tions, or oth­ers con­sid­er­ing a com­plete or par­tial gar­den makeover.

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as boul­ders, rocks, rail­way ties and sleep­ers en­able home­own­ers to give their gar­den a more nat­u­ral, or­ganic look and that's a trendy ef­fect that can be fur­thered with rus­tic out­door fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing swings, small cof­fee ta­bles and chairs. If you’re af­ter a more ru­ral or old-fash­ioned feel, try in­cor­po­rat­ing nat­u­ral el­e­ments into the gar­den de­sign. A mix of old and new If you don’t want your gar­den to look too rus­tic or old-fash­ioned, a mash-up of old and new could de­liver a su­perb ef­fect. This trend isn’t lim­ited to out­door spa­ces and gardens as it’s been pop­u­lar in res­i­den­tial in­te­ri­ors for some time now and is in­creas­ingly preva­lent in homes across the world. This could be as sim­ple as a tra­di­tional her­itage-style gar­den fea­tur­ing mod­ern, stream­lined fur­ni­ture or it could en­tail in­cor­po­rat­ing mod­ern and tra­di­tional or­na­men­tal el­e­ments through­out the gar­den and land­scap­ing de­sign. Bright and bold flow­ers Whether you choose to plant them among your gar­den or make homes for them in or­na­men­tal pots on your pa­tio, the colour that they add to land­scaped ar­eas is noth­ing shy of amaz­ing. Some of the most pop­u­lar of the glo­ri­ously bright and bold flow­ers suit­able for land­scape de­signs in Perth in­clude tulips, pan­sies, daf­fodils, pink aza­leas and snap­drag­ons. Ed­i­ble gar­den­ing While hav­ing a veg­etable and herb gar­den sep­a­rate from the noned­i­ble plants in the gar­den is, and will al­ways be, a pop­u­lar trend, it’s now com­mon to see vegeta­bles and herbs planted through­out the en­tire area. They need to be planted in ar­eas that makes them ac­ces­si­ble with­out hav­ing to step over (or on) other plants. As some herbs and vegeta­bles are so at­trac­tive, it makes sense to in­cor­po­rate edibles among your gar­den.

Boul­ders and rocks en­able home­own­ers to give their gar­den a more nat­u­ral and or­ganic look.

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