Trends tend to be picked up first in homes before spilling out into the garden. This summer has provided a wealth of different style ideas and inspiration, which look set to govern outdoor space design into 2018 and beyond.

Keep it natural

Natural materials have been all the rage (as seen in this article in Ideal Home), we’re seeing gardeners move away from concrete, and composite materials have become less popular. Timber is being used more in everything from fencing and furniture to pergolas and decking.  This has encouraged a rise of softer, free-flowing elements, with garden layouts using more organic forms.

Flowing Shapes

The trend for flowing organic shapes is perfectly illustrated in this garden from Multiple RHS award winning garden designer, Peter Reader. The horizontal lines of the boundary fencing (Jacksons Hit and Miss horizontal panels) provide a contrast to the path and seating area's sweeping curves.

Finished garden design with Hit and Miss panels


Outdoor Rooms

Even with the changeable British weather, a rise in practical heating and sheltering solutions means people want to enjoy their gardens year-round, and can now use specially-built outdoor rooms to entertain whatever the season. This has been a huge trend on Pinterest this year.

This city garden is the perfect outdoor entertaining space, with zones for relaxing and dining. As its north facing, light is at a premium. The use of pale stone and white painted retaining wall, along with  the use of fencing with horizontal slats all goes together to increase the garden’s sense of spaciousness. Jacksons Canterbury Combi fence panels  and Venetian fence panel  combine to provide a contemporary, clean aesthetic. The six foot high fences offers essential privacy while letting plenty of natural light in. 

Stylish new panels


This project, created by Arbour Design & Build, used Jacksons Venetian panels  to develop separate areas within the garden for entertaining, gardening and relaxing. Cleverly designating distinct areas without becoming claustrophobic.

Venetian fence panels used as a garden screen

Colour Blocking

Colour blocking has been a popular fashion term for several years, for non-fashionistas it’s the use of solid pieces of intense colour. This trend has now been bought from fashion to interiors and now, into the garden. It is a clever, cost effective way of highlighting a specific plants or features. 

A  touch of colour can frame plants or provide a eye-catching backdrop to garden furniture, as well as providing much needed cheer on grey Winter’s days.

This coastal garden has a stunning focal point created by bespoke, laser cut screens in front of the chartreuse coloured Venetian panels.

Laser cut screens in front of Venetian