Garden gnomes topped the top 10 list:
Garden gnomes have been named this year’s biggest garden trend, rising from fifth place in last year’s study.
The retro trend has had a whopping nine million views on TikTok and a 10.8 percent increase in Google searches over the past two years.
Urban gardening came in second. The trend is to grow produce in places like balconies and window sills, creating a garden with less space.
Urban Gardening had the most Instagram posts in the study, with a whopping 1.9 million posts on the platform. The trend also had 25 million views on TikTok, the fourth highest in the overall study.
Fire Pits had the most TikTok views with 355.5 million views on the platform. Pergolas were also trending on the platform, garnering 43.1 million TikTok views.
Garden Shower Curtains in the study saw the largest increase in Google searches in the last two years, at 60.9 percent, after the trend of using a shower curtain for decoration exploded on social media.
Organic fences also followed with a 53.5 percent increase in Google searches.
A garden gnome – also known as a lawn gnome – is a figurine of a small humanoid creature that usually wears a tall, pointed, red hat.
It is believed that the gnomes protect the owner from evil.
The figures originated in Germany in the 19th century and were called Gartenzwerg, which literally means “garden gnome”. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the English term “gnome” emerged.
Many of us would point to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Noddy’s sidekick Big Ears as the gnomes we know best.
The term Gnome or Noldoli was used in JRR Tolkien’s early work The Book of Lost Tales to describe the race of elves who would become the Ñoldor. Tolkein also wrote The Hobbit with Bilbo Baggins.
There are many different types of garden gnomes. They appear in different positions and can be made from different types of materials.
Typically, the gnomes are male midgets with long, bushy white beards wearing tall, pointed red hats.
You could smoke a pipe – or hold it in your hand. They are seen in various positions including standing, lying, sitting etc. and engaging in various activities – fishing, sleeping, digging and wheelbarrow pushing.
Garden gnomes can be made of wood, porcelain, ceramic or terracotta.
Garden gnomes were first introduced to the United Kingdom when Sir Charles Isham returned from his holiday in Germany, bringing with him 21 of the terracotta figures which he displayed in his home and lawn at Lamport Hall, Northampton, in 1847.
The only gnome to survive, nicknamed ‘Lampy’, is on display at Lamport Hall and insured for £1million.