The top garden and landscaping trends for 2021

There can be no doubt many of us spent more time in our backyards and front gardens (or we looked for green spaces) in the year that was 2020.

So 2021 is taking advantage of that trend and making sure that your outdoor area is an inviting and enjoyable space.

Inside out!

Creating flow between your inside and outdoor space is a great way to create the illusion of an even bigger space within your home. Us Aussie love being outside so creating a link between the two spaces is a must. We commonly see full height sliding or folding glass panels, allowing you to completely open up your interior to your exterior living spaces.

One thing to note – if your property has multiple levels, then be sure to use retaining walls to create flat, usable areas.  It’s very, very difficult to create that inside-out feel when you’re on a slope…

Undercover spaces for all-weather entertaining

An extension of the trend above is making sure that you can actually use that outdoor space.  Melbourne doesn’t provide the most outdoor friendly weather all year round so we’re seeing lots of all-weather, undercover entertainment spaces pop up.  Having a space that you can fall back on if unexpected rain comes along is an absolute must in a Melbourne home.

Low maintenance gardens

Everyone is busy enough as it is so working in the garden, rather than relaxing outside might not be your cup of tea.  

There’s a number of solutions to this but the current trend is contemporary, minimalist hardscapes (think decking and paving) that turn your outdoor area into an entertaining oasis!

To add some depth, we’re seeing a lot of level changes (think retaining walls) so it’s not just one flat concrete jungle.

With owners moving away from lawn, we’re seeing lots of small raised garden beds so you can have a productive and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space too.


If you need some retaining to make the most of your outdoor space, then get in touch with us – we’re here to answer any questions you might have.