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The wish list of garden features that we all want


It features a summer house, an outdoor dining area and a quiet place to read – the most popular features Britons would love in their gardens, according to a poll. The illustration also shows the nation has truly embraced al fresco cookery as well as dining, with outside kitchens (24 percent) and pizza ovens (19 percent) high up the wish list.

Many also crave a taste of rural life, with a quarter wanting to install a veg patch to ‘grow their own’ while others dream of a stream (23 percent), mature trees (21 percent), and even a nature reserve (18 percent).

3D garden designer Tim Miller was commissioned by MyBuilder.com to illustrate what the nation’s dream garden could look like.

When it comes to garden style, a third would favour an English Cottage theme, though Mediterranean, coastal and ‘Japanese Zen’ were other styles that inspired.

Unsurprisingly after a year of social restrictions, 62 percent will welcome guests into their garden as soon as they are allowed, with entertainment top of mind when fantasizing about their ideal garden.

A large seating area for guests would be a priority for one in four, with a firepit, swimming pool, drinks bar, and an outside projector also making the list.

Since the announcement of a phased exit from lockdown – which sees the return of the ‘rule of six’ or two households able to meet in gardens from 29 March – MyBuilder has reported a 250 percent increase in homeowners seeking tradespeople for garden projects.

It also emerged three quarters of the 2,000 adults polled said their garden had positively helped their mental health during the pandemic.

As a result, 44 percent have put getting their garden sorted as a priority for 2021.

But 30 percent admitted to being embarrassed about their garden, while 54 percent confessed to peeking into their neighbours’ plot for inspiration.

A whopping nine in 10 said their garden was an important ‘room’ in their home, with an average of £1,452 set to be spent on improving their outdoor space in the coming year.

As well as the most desirable garden features, the nation has also had its say on what should be shoved in the shed and never seen again.

A few things you can expect to see less of in gardens this year are gnomes, bunting, and statues – they were all voted among the least stylish garden accessories.

Carl Goulding from MyBuilder.com said: “Coming into spring is always a busy time for gardeners and landscapers as people start to emerge from the winter.

“But this year has been like no other and the glimmer of spring combined with the tantalising prospect of socialising has meant we have seen a record bounce for garden jobs.

“As usual, people are leaving it too late which means many gardeners and landscapers are getting quickly booked up.

“If you are considering a big garden project in time for the summer, you really need to get your finger out or you could be looking at summer 2022.”


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