Flowers and vegetables 'more popular' than decking design survey claims

Groundforce may have finished more than a decade ago but its legacy is alive according to new research.

Britons renovate their gardens every five years or less a new report has found, but the majority keep costs low, and want to fill their gardens with flowers and veg these days rather than the decking and water features Groundforce made popular.

Design website Houzz surveyed 2,000 people and found:

-One third of UK households update their gardens every five years

-People are spending, on average, 4-5 hours every week in their gardens

-The majority of people spend less than £2,500 on garden upgrades

-New home purchases drive the majority of upgrades

-Almost a third of people living in the South West and Wales update their gardens because of flooding Emerging trends are:

-Indoor-outdoor living: 62 per cent believe the garden should integrate with the rest of the home. -Shed tasking: 63 per cent of those not updating their gardens own a shed.

-Supporting the wildlife: 39 per cent consider features that attract certain wildlife to be one of the most important design aspects. -Grow your own: half are planning to grow edibles.

-Flowers: lavender is the preferred choice for garden renovations.

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