Climate change is becoming a more ubiquitous topic of discussion, and creating a sustainable home and garden is an important decision for many residents. This is because individual carbon footprints are affected by the spaces we occupy. And, from our insulation to waste disposal, our homes can help us to reduce our impact on the environment.
As we begin to see the interior and exterior design trends take shape in 2022, we recognise an even greater push for eco-friendly and carbon-neutral design, especially within gardens due to their more immediate relation to the climate and landscape. Here are six of the most popular sustainable garden designs of the year so far.
The project of creating your own compost bin has historically been met with hesitation, surrounded by the fear of pungent smells and even rats. However, while there is a small learning curve, these concerns are misplaced. Compost bins are, in fact, not only safe to use, but they are one of the single best reducers of a home’s carbon footprint.
Solar panels are limited to the rooftops of a main property and there are now a number of homeowners who are setting up more compact panels elsewhere, such as on top of their shed or summer house. These more modestly sized panels may not generate as much energy comparatively but they can offset a good portion of a home’s consumption, which, during times of rising energy prices, can be helpful for both the planet and the wallet.
Growing your own food brings far more to the table than delicious ingredients. By reducing the need to purchase food items from elsewhere, eating the produce of one’s own garden also reduces the carbon cost associated with a diet too. This is why a great number of residents are now dedicating portions of their garden to rich soil beds full of fruits and vegetables.
If you look at garden designs from even a decade ago, the majority would be regimented into patches of neatly kept lawns, bordered by quaint flower beds picked of any weeds. However, now, there is a greater call for micro-meadows. These are small areas filled with wildflower seeds, encouraged to grow as they would in the wild.
The beautiful flowers are a stunning sight and appreciated by pollinators too. Promising there is a tidy element of the garden too, such as a pathway, these rugged designs remain looking deliberate and beautiful.
A simple container open to the rain can dramatically offset a home’s water consumption. As with solar panels, the motivation for collecting rainwater is not solely environmental but financial too. They can also keep a garden blooming during dryer periods without the need for a hose.
Gardeners have become more acutely aware of the history of their garden’s plants, seeking to cultivate a selection of growth that reflects the region’s historic ecology. While non-natives are being phased out, natives are being claimed from the wild, whether by seed or cutting, and celebrated within the home.