The Nations Dream Garden

Our survey of UK homeowners has revealed the UK’s ultimate dream garden – with bird feeders, real grass, pizza ovens and wildflower meadows among the top 25 garden features as voted for by the nation.

Considering that 77% of us spend up to 20 hours a week in the garden in the summer months, it’s not surprising that we want our gardens in tip-top shape. However, although Brits are not shy on spending when it comes to their gardens, willing to pay an average of £10,333.90 to achieve their garden goals, in reality, a garden with all the dream features would actually cost nearer the £70,000 mark.

So, what does the nation’s ‘dream garden’ actually look like?

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Garden spend trends

While on average people would spend £10,333 to get their garden just how they want it, those households earning over £100,000 are willing to spend over £20,000. And, for 38% of people whose houses are worth over £1 million, they’re happy to spend upwards of £50,000 to achieve their garden goals.

The gender and age ‘gap’ divide

Achieving the dream garden might cause disagreements in some households, with a distinct difference of opinions as to what should feature in a dream garden. Women voted overwhelmingly in favour of fairy lights (64%) with men definitely not so keen (33%). Spending could be a bone of contention too, with men, on average, willing to spend almost £4,000 more than women on renovating the garden.

The survey results also show a big difference between various age groups, with some of the desired features for the younger age groups proving to be not quite so desirable for the older generation and vice-versa. Only 10% of 18 – 24 years olds envisage having shrubs in their dream garden, compared to 74% of the over-65 age group. While only 19% of over-65s would like a pizza oven in their dream garden, this rises considerably to 58% of 24 – 35 year olds.

Top 25 garden must-haves:

1. Patio
2. Real grass
3. Pathways
4. Seasonal flowers
5. Bird feeders
6. Summer house
7. Trees
8. Shrubs
9. BBQ
10. Vegetable/fruit patch
11. Lanterns
12. Sun loungers
13. Hanging baskets
14. Fairy lights
15. Raised beds
16. Bird houses
17. Firepit
18. Decking
19. Dining table
20. Shed
21. Wildflower meadow
22. Rattan furniture
23. Corner garden sofa
24. Pizza oven
25. Pond/Lake

Bringing the indoors outside

42% of us say we spend time in the garden entertaining guests, which perhaps explains why outdoor dining and entertaining features are so popular across the nation. The 25 – 34 year old age group is the most keen to go al fresco when it comes to dining, with 72% listing a BBQ as a key feature of their dream garden, alongside a pizza oven (58%) and an outdoor kitchen (32%). Firepits are popular with all but the oldest generation, liked by up to 59% of homeowners under 65. It seems summerhouses are popular too, with 58% listing a summerhouse as one of their garden goals.

Nation of twitchers

Overwhelmingly, we’re a nation of bird lovers with 63% insisting on a bird feeder for their dream garden. Not quite as popular but still up there, are bird houses too, garnering 45% of the vote. Again, there’s a clear generational gap though, with only 27% of 18 – 24 year olds keen to have a bird feeder as one of their dream garden must-haves, as opposed to 71% of people over 55.

Some unique suggestions

While there is a general consensus on which features should be part of the nation’s dream garden, there were a few more unusual suggestions too. One respondent wants a ‘hedgehog haven’ as part of their ideal garden and someone else listed ‘squirrel feeders’, which probably wouldn’t feature in the dream garden of the respondent whose dream garden contains ‘no squirrels’. On a more magical note, someone requested ‘a fairy bridge and fairies’ for their dream garden, which could be very tricky to come by at the local garden centre.

For more information or for more insights that we found from our survey of 1,000+ UK homeowners, feel free to contact us via email

Our Methodology

We conducted our research of 1,000+ UK homeowners using Obsurvant, an accredited MRS company partner and a certified member of the British Polling Council. Our in depth survey covered everything from the garden’s layout, size and style right through to the ‘must have’ features within said garden. We gave all 1,000+ respondents the choice of a range of multiple choice questions, along with the chance to type out their own essential garden features. This allowed us to then take the results and design a concept of the ‘UK’s dream garden’.

This survey was taken in April 2024 by 1,003 respondents on both mobile and desktop devices and all were homeowners based in the UK.

For more information around the survey, or to discuss the results in more detail, feel free to contact us here

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