Writers like to predict trends. Garden magazine writers and experts across the country have forecast noteworthy ideas shaping the landscape world in 2018. Most trends maintain their popularity from the past year, but sometimes the so-called trends of the new year sound like they’re coming out of left field with no real basis as for why people are saying they will be popular. What the articles say and what professionals in the landscaping industry experience are often very different. For the most balanced of trend reporting I particularly like The Top Landscape Trends of 2018 by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. As a voice of the landscape industry rather than a magazine with an agenda, I find their report balanced and fair. You can read the article here.
Each year I try to highlight topics of growing importance in landscaping for you. Ultimately it is our mission to provide pleasure to people in their gardens by creating spaces of refuge for them, their families, pets, and wildlife. Here are the trends I see for the coming years.
Continued Interest in Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living areas continue to be an ever-popular feature. Clients want to bring the indoors out. The outdoor space has really become more of a staple than a trend, but there is still increased interest in outdoor living spaces. In our area where winter weather persists for months homeowners put increased attention on their outdoor spaces to extend the summer outdoor entertaining season.
Extending the Outdoor Entertaining Season with Fire Features
Still a strong trend. We see a continued interest in fire pits, fire tables, and fireplaces. There is about a 50/50 split between wood-burning and natural gas fire pits. We get creative with seating around the fire feature. Some clients have opted for the option of putting an outdoor TV above the fireplace. Others use a fireplace for screening an unpleasant view. Both serve as focal points, just different uses.
A Trend on the Cusp of Being a Movement
Dog-centric landscape design! Dog-scaping may seem like something only the most eccentric owners would be interested in, but we have noticed an uptick in people wanting their landscape catered towards their pets. Where once clients requested a landscape that was pet-proof, we now see more homeowners asking for pet-friendly yards with features specifically designed around their furry family members. It may be a path to keep the dogs out of the landscape. It could be a low water feature for cooling off or a quick drink or a bath. It can be something as simple as providing shade for their buddy.
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