What do people want from their home landscapes in this day and age? According to a survey of its members by the American Society of Landscape Architects, sustainable design, water conservation, and lower maintenance are at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists for their outdoor living spaces. The theme that emerges is the importance of conserving, storing, and efficiently using water. This is good news for the environment as well as homeowners, especially since droughts and increased costs for water usage appear to be here to stay in many parts of the U.S.
Expect to read and hear a lot more about these top trends from the 2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. In order of interest, they are:
The numbers are the percentage of the total of the landscape architects who responded to the survey.
As for making our outdoor living spaces more enjoyable, fire pits (75%), landscape lighting (67%), and internet connectivity (66%) are reported the most desirable. Perhaps driven by home shows and design magazines, the enthusiasm for outdoor kitchens is only increasing. The day may not be too far when a complete outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles is an expected feature in higher-end homes.
When it comes to gardens, interest in native and drought-tolerant plants shows no evidence of slowing anytime soon. Plants with these attributes go hand in hand with the desire for landscapes that require less maintenance, including less lawn.
By Stacey Hirvela, for Proven Winners® ColorChoice®,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners® ColorChoice®
Leaves often get all the credit for making autumn beautiful, but berries are no slouch at bringing a range of colors, forms and interest to the landscape. Here is an informative article about several stunning shrubs that add so much color and interest in the fall and winter.
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