Landscape design is an ever-evolving industry, as trends tend to come in and out of favor for varying periods of time. Of course, each property is unique, and as such, should be customized according to its inhabitants’ particular lifestyles and functional needs. That said, there remain a handful of options which have gained in popularity throughout the last few years.
Of prime importance to most homeowners is having a property that’s relatively low maintenance. This can be accomplished fairly easily, from focusing on perennial plants and removing any “messy” trees and shrubs that frequently drop leaves and petals to installing an irrigation system to minimize the amount of time spent watering.
Transforming the backyard into a destination spot of sorts is another trend gaining traction—making “staycations” that much more appealing. Fire pits and seating areas, as well as novelties like ambient lighting and outdoor kitchen areas for barbecue needs, can help create the backyard of your dreams!
Not to be outdone, the front yard is regarded with equal importance, particularly for the curb appeal. Residents may want to consider using complementary colors in their flowers and shrubbery to enhance the exterior of the home. This can be further highlighted by strategically placed seasonal containers and decor, an attractive addition to the front façade.
Privacy is typically a prime concern, especially for those with children and pets. While fences may accomplish this, the same can be said for more natural structures such as tall, narrow shrubs, lush plants, and even walled gardens. Similarly, arbors and pergolas can create secluded areas within the confines of the backyard as well.
Sustainability has become of greater concern in recent years, and gardening is no exception. Many have taken to incorporating plants that attract birds and bees, as they serve as a natural source of pollination, as well as providing a form of weed and pest control. Ornamental edibles—including fruits, vegetables, and herbs—have also found their way into landscape designs. Additionally, limiting the use of turfgrass and using drought-tolerant plants has proven to cut down on water usage over time.
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