This short video charts the post-war wave of horticulture during the 1950s, the explosion of colour and variety during the indulgent 60s and 70s, the appetite for experimentation in the 80s, the makeover and decking craze of the 90s – and beyond.
Spot iconic gardens features synonymous with the times – from utilitarian concrete fencing, crazy paving and island beds to decking, water features and artificial turf.
Find out why today’s gardens are all about taking the inside outside and creating a haven where wildlife can thrive – and discover, when it comes to a thoroughly modern garden, why it’s sadly goodbye to our cheery little friend, the garden gnome.
The video follows research by paving manufacturer, Bradstone, to coincide with its 60th anniversary, revealing 70 per cent of British gardens are stuck in the past, with almost two thirds (65%) of homeowners admitting their outdoor space features influences from previous decades.
Just 18% are most likely to feel pride when thinking about or looking at their garden
23% say they are envious of their neighbours garden
41% want to see flowers that blossom all year around in their “garden of the future”
21% would like to replace the lawn with new grass in their gardens
Chris Beardshaw is a hugely popular RHS show garden designer, seen regularly on BBC2’s Beechgrove Garden and heard by millions each week on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time.