When you’re working in the landscaping industry, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments, so you can cater to your clients and win over new customers. Here are some top landscaping trends to consider while consulting with customers this year and beyond.
Smaller Gardens and Lawn Minimization
With homeowners being busy these days, more people are choosing to keep their gardens small and lawns minimized. This means less maintenance to worry about, since more space is taken up by concrete, paving or other no-fuss options. In addition, space is at a premium. Many new developments provide smaller-sized blocks only, while increasing numbers of people living in condos and inner-city apartments. As such, landscapers may be called to work on small rooftop, balcony, or deck gardens and other landscape designs.
When it comes to smaller gardens, consumers are looking for their landscapes to incorporate multipurpose features. For example, fire pits can act as heaters and style elements; or curb edging on decks can be used as planters and a seat wall. Landscapers need to look for ways to make the most out of compact spaces and products used within them.
Separate Alfresco Entertaining
For years, outdoor dining spots have been situated right off the main house for to people enjoy indoor/outdoor living with easy access. However, there’s a new trend making a splash, and it’s one that requires more walking. Now, we’re seeing alfresco dining that's pushed further out into the garden. Rather than being situated just off kitchen and living spaces, outdoor entertaining areas are “going bush.”
This trend is particularly suitable for properties on larger blocks. By creating backyard retreats that are immersed within the landscape, homeowners can enjoy engaging, peaceful experiences that provide an escape. This design means people get to see and take in more of the garden and the creatures which call it home. The spaces can be permanent, with special flooring, lighting, covers and furniture installed, or left as open-air pavilion-style options.
Support of the Environment
As people become more aware of the perils of climate change, and the ways animals and the environment are being negatively affected, there is a rise in their focus on restoring the habitat at home. Property owners are looking for ways to proactively support local wildlife and the environment.
For example, many people are incorporating plants into their backyards, which will attract wildlife and provide homes for creatures that are declining due to habitat loss, such as bees, butterflies, other insects, birds, frogs, turtles and more. Native plants are more popular than ever, as are the use of recycled products and those made using sustainable practices. Additionally, homeowners are looking for ways to avoid using chemicals in their yards, particularly when it comes to fertilizers and pesticides.
At-Home Food Production
With the heightened awareness and interest of living eco-friendly lives, there is a corresponding rise in the number of people turning to at-home food production. Rather than buying chemical-laden produce at supermarkets, consumers are keen to try growing their own food in an organic way. Doing so saves money, which is an added benefit for many homeowners.
To cater to this trend, landscapers must look for ways to incorporate herb, fruit and vegetable gardens, and even greenhouses, into backyards. Small and large greenhouse frames and all-inclusive kits are becoming more popular as consumers learn how helpful they can be to keep pests at bay; grow different kinds of produce; and enjoy fruits, vegetables and herbs year round.
There is also a focus on finding ways to relieve stress in outdoor spaces. People are looking for means of escape in their backyards. One way they’re finding this is through Zen gardens. These spaces can include sculptures, bonsai trees, soothing water features (e.g., reflecting pools and fountains), fire pits and other flame-inclusive choices, and seating areas to take in the garden’s sights and sounds. People are also including meditation and yoga spaces in their yards.