Just like fashion, interior design and architecture, landscaping trends are constantly evolving and changing. Many people remodel their homes with the newest trends in flooring, kitchen counters and cabinets, furniture, but neglect updating the outside of their homes with the latest landscaping trends. Of course, not every style fits every home, but here are some landscaping trends you may want to think about when doing a remodel.
For a while, the trend was brick, concrete, and other man made materials patios, fire pits, and water features, and even walk ways. But today, there has been a conscious effort to use more natural materials. Brick walkways and mini walls have been replaced with natural stone. Decks and pergola’s have returned to wood.
We are even seeing the landscaping trend to move to natural materials present itself in the outdoor furniture people want to use. The slick, modern furniture made from plastics and steel that we have been used to seeing are being replaced with more traditional wooden tables and benches.
Historic with a Modern Twist
I’m not sure where exactly to place the blame, but climate control might be a good place to start. When I was a child, the back yard was a place you had to mow now and then, and where you picked some fruit when it was in season. For many of my friends, the backyard was a minefield… or a place to let the dogs out. Now, like in antiquity, the backyard is once again becoming an extension of your living space. The old round metal barbecue is being replaced with a permanent stone clad barbecue that has a built in stone fired bread (pizza) oven next to it. Mediterranean gardens are going where flat lawns used to be, and the sleek modern divider walls are being replaced with aged stone walls that look like ancient ruins. The modern back yard is still there, but it lis covered in the facade of a 1,000 year old garden.
As far as landscaping trends go, sustainable technology has had a huge impact from design to use. However, sustainable technology is almost an unsung hero of modern landscaping trends because it is felt more then it is seen.
From electric gardening tools to billing services accessible from smartphones and tablets, sustainable technology has been a landscaping trends that helps landscapers be more productive, and do their jobs cleaner and faster.
Smart LED lighting and smart irrigation systems help keep your landscaping beautiful and can be monitored and controlled from smartphones and tablets. You can be away on vacation and still see that the plants by your property line need some water, so you turn on that section, and set it to shut off when the soil reaches optimal saturation. Meanwhile you turn on the low wattage LED patio lights so anybody roaming around your property thinks someone is home.
It’s amazing what we can do from our phones.
“Locally sourced” isn’t just popular in restaurants and groceries these days. Using local plants and materials in landscaping design is becoming not just a landscaping trend, but an environmental friendly trend as well. Some people are calling this trend a “celebration of regionalism”, and it can a unique flair to your landscaping design. Hyperlocalism isn’t just about using native plants. It also requires the utilization of locally sourced stone and lumber for building materials.
When done properly, this regionally focused design can reduce your carbon footprint, beautify the natural environment by encouraging pollinators, reduce costs by using plants that are accustomed to the local weather, and become something unique to your region.