WHAT'S NEW IN GARDEN DESIGN?
Homes & Gardens|January 2022
DRAWING ON THIS YEAR’S WINNERS OF THE SOCIETY OF GARDEN DESIGNERS AWARDS, WE SHOWCASE OUR PREDICTIONS FOR OUTDOOR SPACES IN 2022
TERESA CONWAY
A MEDITERRANEAN FLAVOUR

Kristina Clode believes that all gardens, present and future, need to be designed to cope with increasingly wet winters and hot, dry summers. ‘We need to think of climate change and whether your tree will still thrive in 50 years’ time,’ she says. Her idea is to look to other climates for her plant choices. ‘I am interested in using hardier trees from the Mediterranean region that are close relatives of our native trees.’ She also expects to use more Mediterranean shrubs together with succulents, grasses and perennials. Kristina won a double award in the Design for the Environment and the Judges’ Award categories for her entry, Sedlescombe School Sensory Garden.

THE DEMISE OF THE LAWN

Looking to the future, Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD feels that lawns will soon be giving way to a more naturalistic style of planting. ‘Planting wise, clients are veering towards more naturalist styles, and are starting to understand that a large lawn is higher maintenance than large planting borders and isn’t so good for the environment, providing very little wildlife habitat and requiring pesticides and weekly mowing to keep it looking smart.’ As well as winning the Medium Residential Landscapes & Gardens and Planting Design categories, Cholmeley Crescent – designed by Sara Jane – was also voted by the judges as the Grand Award Winner of this year’s SGD Awards.

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