Garden trends research finds hanging baskets and wooden furniture at top of the wish list

New research by Jeyes, the outdoor cleaning specialists, has found hanging baskets, wooden patio furniture and a hot tub are just some of the items that gardeners believe would help create their perfect garden.

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The study of 2,000 people explored the aesthetic ins and outs of Britain's outdoor spaces and claims time may be up for sundials and windmills in the garden – both are now seen by many as out of fashion.

But having a gazebo, some fairy lights or a green house is still very desirable. Those dreaming of their perfect garden say they would see the back of white plastic patio furniture and would ideally replace it with wood or rattan style, while swinging seats and tarmac drives are very much out, results showed.

Wind chimes, garden gnomes and fairy statues were deemed a no, as were weather vanes and bamboo accessories, according to the results of the survey.

The research also found just a fifth of gardeners felt their own garden and outdoor space was very tidy, while over three quarters of gardeners said their outdoor space definitely needed work.

Melanie Billows from Jeyes said: "A person’s pride in their home extends beyond the four walls and our survey shows that Brits have a passion for fashion when it comes to their gardens and outdoor spaces, with clear views on what they consider to be in – or out – of style."

Stone animal ornaments and love seats are also no longer trendy the study found.

But ceramic pots, summer houses, decking and parasols are all included in the vision of a perfect garden.

And birds will always be at home in any garden, with bird baths and feeders firmly on the list of desirable garden items.

The average person studied racks up over five hours a week spending time in the garden.

But one in eight doesn’t actually enjoy spending time in their outdoor space because of the way it looks, results showed.

In fact, six in ten homeowners are embarrassed by the state of their garden.

Perhaps that can be explained by the fact that when asked for their opinions on gardening, Brits were most likely to describe it as ‘hard work’.

Weeding and cutting the flowers and grass are the gardening jobs people are most likely to let slide the quickest.

Billows added: "For many people the garden is an extension of the home and with the range of cleaning products available it’s never been easier to get your garden looking its best. With summer officially in full swing now is a great time to invest a few hours in sprucing up your outdoor space so you can make the most of it whether you are relaxing or entertaining."


1.            Solar lights

2.            Hanging basket

3.            Bird feeders

4.            Wooden patio furniture

5.            Patio heater

6.            Ceramic pots

7.            Summer house

8.            Metal patio furniture

9.            Gazebo

10.          Manicured lawn

11.          Bench

12.          Greenhouse

13.          Bird bath

14.          Decking               

15.          Parasol

16.          Water feature

17.          Hot tub

18.          Block paved drive

19.          Built-in barbecues

20.          Stake lights

21.          Rattan furniture

22.          Playhouse

23.          Garden candles

24.          Trampoline

25.          Jacuzzi

26.          Bee house

27.          Electric lanterns

28.          Fairy lights

29.          Metal garden sculpture

30.          Corner furniture



1.            White plastic patio furniture

2.            Gnomes

3.            Windmills

4.            Crazy paving

5.            Fairy statues

6.            Swinging seat

7.            Tarmac drive

8.            Wind chimes

9.            Bunting

10.          Vintage station clock

11.          Stone animal ornaments

12.          Deck chairs

13.          Roman numeral clock

14.          Sundial

15.          Lamp posts

16.          Love seat

17.          Rose arch

18.          Weather vane

19.          Chinese lanterns

20.          Bamboo accessories

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