Explore this year’s hottest garden ideas
Bored with your back yard? Want to overhaul your outdoors? If your garden is looking tired, unloved or out of date, give it a 2018 makeover. We’ve got the hottest new trends for 2018 to give your garden a revamp. From garden furniture to grow your own, plant care to pizza ovens – our fresh and exciting ideas will make your neighbours green with envy.
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This year's top garden trends
Bring back busy lizzies
Introducing 2018’s hottest bedding plant - the busy lizzie. This firm favourite is back after six long years and is set to be the gardening sensation of the summer. Busy lizzies disappeared after the plant disease ‘Impatiens Downy Mildew’ wiped it out in 2012. But we’ve developed a new species, ‘Imara Bizzie Lizzies’, that is resilient to the disease and exclusive to B&Q. It also boasts everything we love about busy lizzies - they’re easy to grow and bring instant colour, whether rain or shine, sun or shade, all summer long.
So, whether you’re new to busy lizzies or thrilled to have them back, view our full range available in-store now.
Enjoy indoor style outside
Don’t compromise on style and comfort just because you’re outside. 2018 is about making the garden a sophisticated living space with attractive and durable accessories, such as outdoor rugs, weather-proof cushions, cosy hammocks and stylish seating. Get the look with our new Rural collection. It’s packed with cool coastal colours, fringed finishes and geometric patterns.
We know that you hate using chemicals on your plants, but worry that natural or organic alternatives aren’t as effective. Not anymore. Ditch the chemicals and care for your garden the natural way with Safe by Nature, our new 100% organic plant care range. New for 2018, it’s designed to strengthen a plant’s immunity, giving the right balance of nutrients your plants need to grow healthy roots and abundant fruits. It’s safe for children and pets, easy to use and environmentally friendly.
Small garden? No problem. Garden storage and planting is literally going up this year with shelving, hanging and stacking all hot garden trends for 2018. It’s all about displaying your plants and everyday garden essentials in the most space efficient way possible. To help, we’ve introduced a stylish outdoor shelving unit, a hangable tool organiser with pockets (pictured) and vibrant plant pots designed for easy and secure stacking.
Ready, steady, bake
Forget ordering a takeaway, if you’re pining for pizza this summer simply bake your own in an outdoor pizza oven. This craze for al fresco baking has been big for ages in warmer countries and it’s catching on with us Brits as we enjoy more and more outdoor living. So why not shake up your barbecue menu thanks to our Maipo pizza oven (pictured)? It boasts two grills, so it can grill meat, fish and vegetables as normal while also whipping up your favourite pizza. Alternatively, pick up the La Hacienda Steel Firebox or Weber Pizza Stone and bake a pizza on your existing barbecue. Delizioso!
Show what you grow
‘Grow your own’ has been popular for a few years, but often our edibles are hidden from view. Not in 2018. This year, growing vegetables, herbs and fruit are on show with the introduction of our Kitchen Garden range. This practical and stylish collection is made up of modular, stackable growing systems. Mix and match small and raised beds to create a personalised growing area that suits your space. From patch to plate – growing your own has never been simpler.
Rock the look
Rocking chairs are perfect for lazy afternoons and they’re enjoying a comeback in 2018. Layer with a comfy cushion and cosy throw and you’re ready to relax. Our Rural Wood Rocking Chairs (pictured) come in a single and double, while our Cuba Rocking Chair combines rattan and metal for an eye-catching design.
Go raw and rustic
Create bespoke outdoor seating, dining spaces or an alternative to walls with gabion cages. These strong metal cages have been around for a while, but 2018 is the year when they’re making it big in British gardens. Pack with stones (or your choice of suitable filling) to make practical structures that combine rustic materials with modern design. Versatile and low-maintenance, our cages are offered in a variety of sizes so that you tailor to fit your garden.
Embrace the rattan renaissance
Rattan-effect garden furniture has been a hot favourite for a while and its popularity is set to soar this summer. This elegant look provides an instant style update - indoors and out. If squeezed for space, explore our compact designs such as the stackable Pilares 2 Seater Coffee Set or the tuck-under Karaya 4 Seater Dining Set. Or if you’re lucky enough to enjoy a large garden, indulge in Mediterranean-style corner sofas. We love the Gabbs range (pictured) – the height of the table is adjustable so you can easily transform it from coffee table into a dining one for two-in-one convenience.
Serve food and drinks in style
Make 2018 the year to perfect your garden parties. At B&Q, we’re taking that authentic bar feel into your garden with our Aland Wooden Bar Set. With its curved design and built-in storage space, the cabinet bar combines style and practicality. Neatly tuck under the accompanying wooden bar stools when not in use and why not partner with the Denia Wooden Trolley (pictured) to transport those drinks and snacks? Partying perfection.