Individuals have long found satisfaction in making their home uniquely their own for a place to relax and entertain. This feeling has evolved to include the property surrounding their home. Homeowners want their yard to be an extension of a beautified living space that is decorative as well as functional. With the growing popularity of creating outdoor living spaces let’s take a look at some of the trends we will probably see during the New Year.
· Sustainability Customers like the idea of low maintenance gardens, drought tolerant plants and reducing lawn areas. Homeowners expect a sustainable design for both convenience and environmental reasons. Plant choices must not only be for beauty but for tolerance during dry summers and cold winters. There is a renewed interest in edibles, a blend of herbs as an alternative to grass.
· Versatile outdoor spaces The popularity of outdoor fireplaces and family friendly fire pits along with built in grills continues to grow. The very conventional backyard is being replaced by a haven for family enjoyment and to entertain friends.
· Planting for Privacy While a row of stately arborvitae will accomplish the goal, more often a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials provides a more appealing screening. Homeowners want to walk out of the house and into a private garden retreat. A single line of trees or shrubs at the back end of the property doesn’t evoke the same calming effect as a wide buffer zone that forms a destination garden in itself.
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