2023 Landscaping Top Trends

As the world continues to evolve, so do the trends in our homes and gardens. With the weather (hopefully) about to turn a corner, many customers will be starting to think about planning those garden projects.

In 2023, we expect to see many inspiring developments in this area. From the use of drought-tolerant plants to the growing popularity of sustainable landscaping, here are some of the top trends that we think are set to shape the landscape gardening industry in 2023.

  • Dark tones and pops of colour
  • Outdoor living spaces
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Edible landscaping
  • Gravel Gardens

Dark tones and pops of colour

We have seen a rise in sales of dark-coloured materials, particularly in decorative stones and hard landscaping over the past six months, especially when combined with pops of colour. A great way to achieve this would be using grey-toned paving slabs or shingles, paired with the bright colours of wildflowers.

To give you a sneak peek of our April offers… we will be offering Pavestone classic porcelain 900 x 600mm slabs for £16.19 each (£29.98 per M²) and Black Ice Chippings Bulk Bags for £149.99, perfect for achieving this look.

Opening in May 2023, the new landscaping area at our New Milton Builders Merchants will provide a perfect opportunity to come and see the products we can offer!

Outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular since the Covid-19 pandemic, with people opting to spend more time at home, outdoor kitchens, relaxation, and entertainment areas we feel, are a must for your 2023 garden renovation. 

Check out our blog on how to create the perfect outdoor kitchen!

Sustainable landscaping 

Sustainability is a key focus for us, and at the forefront of everyone’s minds, so it’s not surprising that sustainable landscaping has become a popular trend. From reducing water usage through efficient irrigation systems, and installing rain gardens, to using sustainable materials, and creating habitats for wildlife, you can easily make your garden a more sustainable environment whilst creating a beautiful outdoor space.

To find out more about what sustainable initiatives we are implementing, click here.

Edible landscaping

The addition of a vegetable garden, fruit trees or growing herbs can be a great way to not only save money on fruit and veg but is an aesthetically pleasing feature in landscape design. With the cost of living rising, many of us are opting to be more self-sufficient and edible landscaping is becoming a popular way to do this.

The soil required depends on the type of plants being grown. In general, it is important to have soil that is rich in organic matter and nutrients, with good drainage and a neutral pH. The specific requirements of different plants can vary, so it is important to research the needs of each plant before selecting a location for it in the landscape.  

With a wealth of experience working with many professional horticultural specialists, our team would be happy to advise which of our products would best suit your desired garden.

Gravel gardens

Low-maintenance, gravel gardens are a quick and easy way to achieve a landscaped garden. Achieving a neat and tidy area all year round. 

We have an impressive stock of decorative aggregates, with a variety of colours, sizes and materials available. Click here to check out our range.

To hear about the products we have on offer, speak to our Builders Merchant teams on 01425 611660 (New Milton) / 01202 110966 (Poole).


Local School Helps Plant New Orchard

Pupils of Milford on Sea Primary School have helped us plant a new orchard, located at Downton Manor Farm Quarry in Milford on Sea. Working in partnership with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the new orchard has been created to benefit local wildlife and will become an important new space for the community.

GCSE Students visit our Hurn Site

Last week we welcomed over 50 students from Parkfield School to our Hurn production and extraction site.

Awards Season

We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

1920m3 of Concrete Delivered for New Windfarm Project

We are very proud to have supported Knights Brown with their project at the new windfarm in Wareham, by supplying and delivering the concrete required for the bases, creating a strong foundation for the wind turbines.

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