6 Outdoor Living & Garden Trends for Summer 2019

Summer 2019 is here already and yes, we’re finding that hard to believe too!

If, like some of the team here at Composite Wood, you’re wondering where on Earth the time has gone then you may be a little out of touch with the best garden trends for this season.

This month’s featured blog article will run you through six modern ideas for garden improvement, some of which you can easily implement yourselves in true DIY spirit.

No matter whether you’re looking to completely redesign the look and feel of your garden, or if you’re just having a bit of an online search for things to trial while the weather is belting, here you will find our top trends and insight into outdoor living in Summer 2019.

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Glow in the dark garden decor

Trends may change year on year but glow in the dark garden decor has consistently risen in popularity.

Glow in the dark products include various ornaments, stones and pebbles, lighting, firepits and even sets of dining tables and chairs.

The beauty of these products is that they require no mains power to work. They absorb natural sunlight throughout the day and then emit that energy overnight, giving your garden space a natural glow and ambience that will set the tone for some lovely evenings outdoors.

If you were looking to make your garden more environmentally friendly and aware, then these sorts of of solar-powered products may be exactly what you are after to reduce your energy consumption.

Not only do they add to a picturesque setting in the back garden, but they are also very useful at the front of the house too. Their practicality can be used to illuminate your driveway or porch without the need for mains energy.

Utilise your wall space

This is something that we discussed in last month’s featured article, which discussed ways of making the most out of your garden space no matter how much, or how little you have to work with.

The vast majority of gardens have bare wall space that is begging to be used. The results can bring about a transformation, massive areas of monotonous brick are converted into bursts of colour.

Floral hanging baskets are a pretty alternative for those that don’t have much in the way of horizontal garden space to work with. Similarly, you could consider purchasing or building a trellis for the wall to add a splash of green to the garden. Vines grow fast and are easy to maintain, if you get this done soon you’ll be able to marvel at your work for most of the summer to come.

Hanging baskets and vine trellis’ are timeless garden trends that never go out of season. The baskets can be reused with seasonal flowers and vines will be fine throughout the year.

Garden rooms provide the perfect hideaway space

Looking to add a different dimension to the family home? They’re a big, bold step forward but garden rooms can prove to be a phenomenal investment if you have a clear idea of what you want to use one for.

Now garden rooms are nothing new, but we do believe they can be considered a trend for this summer as we are seeing an increased rise in unconventional uses. We should know, fitting composite garden rooms into gardens across the United Kingdom we get a first hand look into what people are planning to do with their new space once they have it – this is something we discussed in great detail in our post: 8 Ideas for your New Garden Room.

Here are just a few of the modern uses that are trending this summer.

  • Home gym. Struggling to find time for, or value in a monthly membership at your local gym? Homeowners are setting themselves up with everything they need at the foot of their garden.
  • Children’s play den. If the madness is getting a bit too much to confine between the four walls of the house, why not invest in a separate place to play? Keep all of the toys, and all of the mess, in one place!

  • Dining area. For those summer parties with the family and friends, a dining area fitted with home bar and seating can take the party up a level and make you the destination of choice.

The reason garden rooms have been highlighted as a 2019 trend is because they are now becoming much more accessible to a domestic market. Our composite wood-constructed structures, in particular, are designed with the homeowner in mind and are fully weatherproof for all-year use.

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The ultimate eco-friendly garden

Okay, so maybe you don’t need to pursue the ultimate in green-aware outdoor space, but have you considered how much of an impact just a few small additions can make?

Environmental concern in the United Kingdom is on the rise with more people taking a keen interest in ‘going green’ and actually doing their bit to make that difference. The best things start at home, so here are a few ideas to get you started in your own garden this summer.

  • Grow your own crops. There are an abundance of cost-effective crops that you can grow from the comfort of your own garden. Some of the most popular ones are tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, kale and asparagus. Not to mention the vast number of herbs you can cultivate. Growing your own helps create an ecosystem for smaller insects and it lowers the amount of waste packaging you bring home from the supermarket.
  • Create a habitat and support wildlife. Making a pong, growing a hedge and leaving an area to become overgrown are just three of a long list of ways that you can encourage nature to return to your garden.
  • Recycle items for garden usage. Yoghurt pots and drinks bottles are commonly recyclable items now but they don’t have to be sent away in their specific bin, why not hold on to a couple and use them as plant pots with a twist?


planting crops in the garden

Vertical planting

Similar, in a sense, to the trend of utilising wall space… Vertical planting became popular last year and shows no signs of slowing down. Fences and walls can be transformed into large growth spaces.

If you were inspired to grow your own crops by the last trend, but were conscious that you may not have the garden space to do so, you may be inspired by this idea. You can do it by following the vertical planting method.

Vertical planting doesn’t just look good, it does good for the environment. Planting more flowers or crops will reduce the carbon footprint of your home, as well as reducing the heat absorption of your garden by covering up dark concrete and brick.

Decking areas

Garden decking has, of course, been around for years now but there are trends that change within this popular garden addition which keeps it a relevant and sought-after garden improvement ever summer.

As we’re expecting another long, hot summer in 2019 you will be no doubt be thinking of ways to make the most of the weather. Installing decking into your garden will give you that platform to host BBQs and get togethers.

Very popular this summer is decking in white, and you can read more about this here.


Like what you hear? If you’re interested in our decking, fencing or garden rooms, please get in touch with us for a free quote. To find out more about our products, you can request a free brochure here.