The dawn of a new year is always accompanied by new trends in fashion, decor, and outdoor design. Certain trends that have been incorporated into landscapes for years are suddenly being overthrown by new ideas, while some forgotten trends return to popularity. Here are a few landscaping trends that are expected to gain momentum in 2018 in Peekskill, NY.
Gravel gardens, or dry gardens, were initially a creative solution to struggling with arid landscapes that refused to nurture many plants. Since then, these gardens have gained popularity for the unique textures and colors that they contribute to landscapes. While they were initially created to house hardy succulents, they can also be used to house sculptures, and proper preparation of the underlying soil will enable you to nourish a wide range of plants. On a street where every competitive homeowner has a lush, overflowing garden, a dry garden is guaranteed to stand out and attract curious neighbors. These gardens are also appealing because they require very little water and maintenance.
A smart landscape
While minimalistic trends have made landscapes appear simpler, they are now functioning on a more complex level with the addition of various smart technologies. More homeowners are now relying on smart timers to regulate their irrigation systems, such as those that can be controlled remotely via mobile apps. Landscape lighting is also reliant on smart timers and light sensors that reduce energy consumption. Get in touch to let us show you how you can improve your landscape with smart technology in 2018.
If you still prefer your flourishing flowerbeds over a gravel-laid alternative, there are also a few rising trends for you to consider. Spring flowering bulbs attract the bees, butterflies, and other living creatures that contribute towards a beautifully natural and peaceful atmosphere. Consider creating a small alcove in your garden where these plants can thrive, and incorporate a water feature to attract chirping birds and add the tranquil sound of running water.
Landscape architects are also experimenting with color blocking in gardens, which is the pairing of flowers that contrast in color. The use of color can also control how your landscape is viewed and navigated. For example, rows of a particular color can be used to draw attention to a single point within the landscape, while brightly colored flowers can also frame driveways and highlight walkways.
Famous fire pits
Consumer demand for fire pits reached an all-time high in 2017. These warm, inviting structures have transitioned from pleasant surprises to expected hardscaping features, and as fire pits become the norm, they will only continue to rise in popularity. Fire pit designs are also becoming more creative. Designers expect this trend to withstand the test of time, as fire pits are not only stylish, but also multifunctional and contribute a great deal to the ambience of a patio.
Turning to textures
Designers are beginning to deviate from the minimalism that has consumed both interior and outdoor design for the past few years. Instead, more homeowners are experimenting with textures again. Different types of textured stone, such as flagstone and cobblestones, are rising in popularity.