The most in-demand new garden must-haves you didn't know you needed

Over the last year, our garden must-have list has been the recipient of a few surprise new additions

moda furnishings furniture in courtyard garden ideas
(Image credit: Moda Furnishings)

The last year has seen more homeowners than ever picking up spades to tend to their gardens. However, the explosion in gardening hasn't just affected flowerbeds but impacted the most in-demand garden must-haves we're shopping for.

There has been an explosion in interest in the best garden furniture. But forget a simple patio table and chairs, now homeowners are upping their alfresco game and investing in hanging egg chairs and firepit ideas

The boundaries between indoors and outdoors have become blurred as many have turned to their green space as somewhere to cook, relax and entertain. We spoke to industry experts to reveal the latest garden must-haves we're snapping up for our backyards.

Most in-demand garden must-haves

1. Pizza ovens

pizza oven with pizza

(Image credit: Lakeland)

Remember the days when BBQs were a mainstay of alfresco dining? Only the truly fanciest of gardens had a pizza oven. Well, pizza ovens have now gone mainstream.

Lakeland reports seeing a 300 per cent increase in sales of its Ooni Pizza oven range in the last year. Pizza ovens have become so popular you can even pick a budget version up at Aldi.

The Ooni Fyra pizza oven won five stars in our review of the best pizza oven if you're keen to invest in the very best.

2. Projectors

Fence painted with Cuprinol paint to be used as a background for a projector screen

(Image credit: Cuprinol)

According to AO.com, sales of outdoor electrical sales have spiked this last year, with the best outdoor projector being top of many people's shopping list. 

'It's no surprise to see that outdoor electrical sales have increased, as the past year spent at home, with the time in lockdown, has clearly encouraged more of us to focus on our outdoor and garden space,' says Will Jones, a gardening expert at AO.com.

Alongside many electrical tools seeing a rise in sales, outdoor projectors have seen an increase in demand of 126 per cent compared to last year. 

Outdoor projectors are great for creating a movie night under the stars with the family. However, we have a feeling outdoor viewing habits are going to continue to grow especially as Samsung has recently launched its first outdoor TV, The Terrace.

How long will it be before outdoor TVs become the norm too? 

3. Outdoor showers

grey outdoor shower with panels

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Now, this new garden must-have shocked us. According to retailer ManoMano, sales of outdoor showers have increased by 16 per cent.

However, they aren't the only ones seeing the rise of this new outdoor bathroom trend. 'We've seen a huge growth in 2021 with website searches for outdoor bathing increased by 200 per cent in the last few months,' says James Hickman, CEO of Plumbworld. 

The trend for outdoor showers has grown so popular it has even coined its own trending name – 'wild washing'. At this rate, could 2022 be the year of the outdoor bathroom?

4. Swimming pools

stock tank pool with pergola

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Brainstorming pool ideas has fast become the norm in gardens on both sides of the Atlantic. ManoMano reports that its swimming pool sales are up 70 per cent on last year. 

However, many homeowners who can't justify the cost or the space for their own kidney bean-shaped pool are turning to crafty alternatives. Stock tank pools have fast become a garden staple on Instagram, with shipping container pools not far behind. 

5. Firepits

moda furnishings bar with fire pit

(Image credit: Moda Furnishings)

Fire pits have been growing in popularity since Love Island sprang onto our screens with its statement outdoor design. However, in the last year, as many of us have been forced to socialize outside, fire pits and garden heaters have become essentials. 

Over the last year, garden furniture company Moda Furnishings has seen an 88 per cent rise in sales of fire pits. This is a trend Jonny Brierley, CEO of Moda Furnishings, predicts will continue to grow in winter.

'Never before has the word "cozy" been associated with the garden. Historically, gardens have been utility spaces, or for aesthetic value such as decorative botanical gardens,' he explains. 

'Now, however, people want to give their garden a cozy feel, making it an extension of their homes.'

6. Outdoor soundbars

table at dusk with an LED outdoor speaker and other candles

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Our homes are fully kitted out with smart speakers, allowing our music to follow us through the house. Why then shouldn't our gardens be? 

AO.com has seen sales of wireless speakers increase by 114 per cent since March 2020. The best bluetooth speakers can be tucked away behind your outdoor seating for music while entertaining or simply relaxing.

The pandemic has transformed what we expect from our gardens. Will you be adding any of the new 'garden essentials' to your space?

Rebecca Knight
Rebecca Knight

As the News Editor on Gardeningetc, Rebecca covers everything from the common mistake your making when pruning your roses, to handy tips about how to keep your houseplants alive. She has been covering all things gardening for two years across Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home. There isn't a single gardening trend that passes without her knowing about it. 


She's currently the proud owner of a thriving container garden on her small city balcony and a jungle of houseplants. Small gardens and container plants are her specialties.