Landscape design is an evolving canvas, with new trends emerging each year. In 2018, we saw the rise of serenity gardens for relaxation; the addition of fire features for extended use of outdoor spaces; and the use of permeable pavers to encourage sustainable landscape.
This begs the question of what’s to come in the new year. After all, these answers can provide a useful roadmap as you plan out future landscape enhancements for 2019.
Our list of the latest landscape design trends offers some guidance.
1. Climate-Cognizant Landscaping
Climate-related forces like rain and strong winds can easily disrupt backyard use. Without a means of protection from these elements, homeowners have to move inside for shelter. This can put a damper on any type of outdoor event, whether it’s a dinner party or a casual get-together.
With climate-cognizant landscaping—the first of our latest landscape design trends—homeowners are better able to plan for the unexpected and continue to use their landscape in extreme conditions. Take pergolas with retractable canopies, for instance. The system’s unique degree of control gives you coverage from rain and wind (as well as too much sunlight) when needed, while allowing for a more open space when weather permits.
When Pantone, the global leader in color authority and leading provider of color systems, announced ultra violet as the 2018 Color of the Year, the vibrant shade of purple gradually started to appear in more landscapes. The contrast between these colorful plants and lighter plants have helped homeowners enhance the look and feel of their outdoor spaces.
With living coral selected as the 2019 Color of the Year, the trend of plants in playful colors—the second of our latest landscape design trends—is expected to continue well into the new year. Designed to enliven and energize spaces, pops of coral (and other related hues) in your back yard will foster a welcoming environment that encourages lighthearted activity.
Uniformity and symmetry were once at the heart of paver and stone hardscapes. But as the scope of hues, styles and textures have expanded, so have homeowners’ thoughts on hardscape design. The focus is now on creating more dynamic patterns to create visual interest and effectively tie together the interior of a home with its exterior.
In the new year, mixing materials—the last of our latest landscape design trends—is apt to reach new heights. Not only will hardscape patterns become more ornate, attracting the interest of guests and potential buyers alike, but contrasting materials will be used within the space to add more visual appeal. This could come in the form of a marble fire pit that sits atop a textured stone pavement, among many other examples.
(Source: Green Impressions)
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