Gardening Like a Pro: Summer Exterior Design Trends for 2014

Gardening Like a Pro: Summer Exterior Design Trends for 2014

During the summer months, those of us with a particular interest in protecting the environment like to spend as much time as possible outside of the home. This results in less energy usage and better health prospects for everyone who does the same. With that in mind, I thought it could be wise for me to write a post highlighting some of 2014’s most popular exterior design trends, and what you can do to make your garden look fantastic. Whilst some people may be happy simply lazing around and relaxing when they’re outdoors, I know that most of you like to keep busy.


At the end of the day, how to choose to design your garden is very much down to your own individual tastes and preferences, but this article should give you some great ideas that you may have overlooked. So, without any further delay, take a moment to read through my suggestions and see if they help to inspire you.

Painting Your Wooden Flower Beds

Colourful gardens go in and out of fashion more often than the handlebar mustache, but luckily, they’re very much the “in thing” this year. So, why not head down to your local DIY store and pick up some outdoor paint. Personally, I’d stick with basic colours like reds, greens, yellows and blues, but your decision is your own. Just make sure the colours blend well with your choice of flowers, and you should be able to create something totally amazing.

Building A Small Heated Pool

Most of us simply don’t have the room for a decently sized pool in our gardens, and so we overlook this idea. However, more and more people are purchasing jacuzzis of late, so opting to combine the two and creating something seriously cool could be a wise move. Perhaps you might like to order a good sized, heated jacuzzi, and then arrange for it to be sunk into the ground. This can create the illusion of a pool, whilst still ensuring you have something functional that will be used. Of course, if you have large foliage in your garden, it might be wise to call a tree surgeon and have them cut back anything that overhangs, as this will limit the amount of time you spend cleaning.

Buying Simple, Sleek Outdoor Furniture

In the past, many people opted for wooden furniture in their gardens, as this was thought to be the most resilient to weather erosion. Luckily, you can get some simple and sleek plastic tables and chairs these days in a variety of colours to match your outdoor scheme. Opting for lime green or aqua blue models works very well in gardens with a lot of greenery, although you might consider looking at alternatives if yours is mainly concrete or decking.

Creating Multi Levels

This is a very good way of making your garden seem more interesting, and if you take a look around online, you’ll see it has become a staple element to 2014 exterior designs. One idea would be to source old railway sleepers and use them to create a new level (or numerous new levels) to your garden. That said; I have seen people manage this using only the soil itself. I suppose it all comes down to your own level of skill.

So, now you’ve heard about some of the elements contained within 2014’s most popular exterior design trends, you should be ready to head out into the garden and start making changes. As I mentioned earlier, this will keep you active and out of the house, which is always going to be a good thing.

Have fun!

Credit for Flickr image

Leave a Reply