Being in tune with landscape trends is an important aspect of being a professional. Whether your yard is a 50’ urban lot or a suburban estate with abundant trees and rolling hills, you want the landscape to enhance the beauty and character of your home, reflect your personality, and suit your lifestyle. Our job is to make that happen. Knowing the most current landscape trends is part of providing the best in design.
Take a look at the top design and landscape trends of 2017 that may be perfect for you and your home. These top landscape trends made the list based on industry trade publications and our own observations. Most of them I have written about before. They continue to be very strong in the marketplace.
Sustainable Landscape Design
With concerns about rising energy costs, global warming, water conservation and eco-friendly environments, homeowners are requesting more sustainable landscape designs. Less turf grass, drought-tolerant plants and low-maintenance gardens will remain a popular trend in 2017. An undemanding landscape with self-managing plants is an almost universal request.
Homeowners love the idea of a landscape design that incorporates edible gardens that create a visually appealing yard and provide a great way to enjoy, healthy natural food. Your backyard farm-to-table!
National publications indicate ponds and water falls are landscape trends for 2017 though we find the opposite to be true. While nothing creates an inviting, relaxing atmosphere faster than the soothing sounds of running water, our clients are opting for smaller water features like fountains or dry river beds to bring water effects into the landscape. Fountains are much less demanding to maintain. We find that larger features like waterfalls and ponds often require more upkeep than home owners anticipate and take up too much real estate in the yard.
Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor social spaces remain a huge landscape design trend. Entertaining and dining alfresco is simply a part of modern living. We have given up our formal dining rooms for a more casual, though elegant, style. Decks, patios, terraces, arbors, gazebos and pergolas equipped with outdoor fabrics, comfortable furnishings, spas and hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces, fire tables, BBQ enclosures, and exquisite outdoor kitchens create inviting outdoor areas that increase family living space. The new space is perfect for entertaining, particularly when designed with protection from the elements. Whether rain, intense sun, or temperature change, the weather can quickly alter your plans. Your design may include a canopy, free-standing heaters, or a fire pit to help you laugh at the elements. Outdoor furnishings have evolved to rival the comfort and style of your favorite rooms.
Generally the less out-spoken cousin of indoor furniture, outdoor furniture is tipping its hat to a more courageous view-point. Rather than sitting by safely in muted tones, we’re now seeing greater expression in color, shapes, prints, and overall design. – Esse Tarrolly, Senior Furniture Designer of luxury outdoor furniture at Frontgate.
Uplights and downlights that accent landscaping features, pathway lights that light up walkways and motion detectors to provide home safety are part of the landscape plan. The newest features of LED lighting make landscape lighting more affordable and versatile than older lighting systems.
No longer is white the standard. We are seeing trellises, pergolas, fences, and even garages in darker colors. The shades range from charcoal to navy to mahogany, and deep forest green. The darker colors are a spectacular backdrop to the lush colors of the landscape. It is a trend that may not be for everyone, and may only appeal to a few. But the darker backdrop can be used effectively to create a different mood in the garden.
Less is More
We have all heard this expression. Here the trend is to plant fewer varieties, but more of them, often massed in an area. The simplicity of the design can have tremendous impact. Think simple styling and structure. You could consider the look to be the direct opposite of an English cottage garden. By limiting the number of varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses and plants you can create a contemporary yard with simple, yet stunning, visual appeal.
What trends interest you the most? Let’s work together to create your dream property and schedule your installation. A well-designed landscape with you in mind – that’s what we deliver. Contact us today to begin the conversation.