Revealed: what Brits really want in their dream garden

Revealed: what Brits really want in their dream garden


Posted 15th April by Peter Byrne

If you were choosing what was in your dream garden, what would you pick?

Well, according to this study, for many of us, it would include a vegetable plot, a hot tub and be 48 feet long.

Other crucial parts are having either a patio or decking, along with a well-maintained lawn, while an area for socialising was also important, as seen by the desire for a cosy seating area, along with the 41 per cent who wanted a drinks bar and pizza oven.

When it came to relaxing, 45 per cent were after a 'tranquil' setting, while over half wanted a tidy and organised area.

Yet creating the dream garden isn’t cheap, Brits felt - in fact, they anticipated it would cost £1,770 to achieve their desired outdoor space.

The research was commissioned by B&Q, with their marketing director for Outdoor, Steve Guy, commenting: "With Brits spending a significant amount of time enjoying their outdoor spaces during the warmer months, it makes sense they’d want to create a space to be truly proud of."

"Whether it’s a fun area for entertaining or a tranquil spot with lots of greenery, Brits need to remember that to have their ‘dream garden’ come summer, the groundwork needs to start in spring."

"The research shows that almost half of us worry the journey to a dream garden would take a serious toll on their wallet and believe it will set them back by an average of £1,770."

It was also revealed that one in three started prepping for spring and summer in March and would spend 10 hours ensuring it was ready for the warmer weather.

It was also found Brits typically spend five and a half hours in the garden during the average summer week, with one in 10 thinking it is the 'most important' aspect of the home.

It was also found that Brits would jump at the chance to embrace their horticultural side too - it was found that over half wanted plants and flowers for their garden, with lavender, daffodils and roses proving the most popular addition.

Another six in 10 said colourful flowers make them happier, while having plants make 57 per cent enjoy it more. Three in 10 also like the thought of growing their own produce.

When it comes to growing their own, 45 per cent said it created a sense of achievement, and over a third thought it left them enjoying their garden more.

Nearly half also said they think they are not able to afford their dream garden, with one sixth saying they don't have the vision to bring it to life.

The top 20 things Brits want are:

1. Flowers
2. Plants
3. Cosy seating area
4. Decking/patio area
5. Large lawn
6. A garden path
7. Summer house
8. Bird feeder
9. Pollinating plants
10. Vegetable patch
11. Barbecue
12. Dining area
13. Storage
14. Hot tub
15. Pressure washer
16. Hand tools
17. Pizza oven
18. Swing
19. Drinks bar
20. Sandpit

Images courtesy of B&Q






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