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2023’s Most Popular Landscaping Trends

With a new year just around the corner, there’s no time quite like the present to cast our minds back a little bit to mull over the different trends and ideas that have come to the fore where soft and hard landscaping is concerned.

There have been some interesting and inspiring concepts over the last few months, helping to inform all sorts of exciting new garden design projects, big and small alike.

And remember – just because a new year is sure to bring with it all sorts of new trends, you don’t have to say goodbye to the ideas of yesteryear. It’s all about discovering what you personally find appealing so you know you’re going to love your garden for years to come. So, with that in mind, here are just a couple of our favourite trends that have emerged over the course of 2023 thus far. Which of these speak to you?


Not perhaps your go-to choice of materials in the past, but the last eight months have shown us all what can be achieved with gravel when it’s used innovatively. From creating beautiful welcoming driveways to using it strategically throughout the garden, gravel really has enjoyed a moment in the sun this year.


This year has really seen eco-conscious gardening climb to the top of people’s priorities and xeriscaping in particular has really flourished and bloomed, featuring the use of eco materials and designs, drought-tolerant planting, conservation techniques and so on. We blogged about this back in May so check out our post to find out more!

Cottage gardens

In terms of aesthetics, cottage gardens have really curried favour this year, characterised by close planting to create a veritable sea of bright colours, stunning foliage and a rich array of different species. Want to find out more? Have a look at these amazing examples on the Ideal Home website.