Monday Oct 02, 2023

This new landscaping trend adds softness to garden design

There’s a new hard landscaping trend looking set to dominate garden design in 2022, and it’s putting a softness into spaces while using a hard material.

For seating, paths and decking, this year will be all about curves. Organic shapes work well in small spaces to create calm, harmony and flow. They are characterized by rounded edges and undulating lines, with relaxed planting added to the mix. As one of the key garden trends of the year, these fluid lines are found in the natural world and lend an organic character. “Curvilinear form is a more profound way of working with space, and resonates with the way things move and organise in nature,” says landscape designer Mark Laurence.

Why are curves a key garden trend for 2022?

garden trends with curved concrete planting beds

(Image credit: Mark Laurence)

There are practical reasons for using curves in modern garden ideas, as they can enhance a seating space by cocooning it with a low wall or introduce a whimsical path. “When clients ask me to design a backyard it’s always tailored to the uniqueness of their space. It’s not just curves for the sake of it but making them work in a specific context,” says landscape architect Ian Kitson. “It’s also important that backyards have their own character independent of any architecture around them.”

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