Sure, your garden is never going to be as comfortable as your living room, but the general idea is bringing out the feeling of comfort here as close as possible to that of your indoors space. Besides, your garden’s main focus is actually bringing out its natural feel. With this in mind, following recent landscaping trends will help you achieve that perfect garden, even if you care little about keeping up with popular trends.
Choose Your Plants Carefully
Achieving the lush effect within the confines of your own garden is something that requires dedication and care. It all depends on which plant strains you opt for. While some plants tend to look beautiful on Google Images, more often than not they require a ton of maintenance, which is extremely difficult to achieve, unless you have a lot of free time. As a rule of thumb, the best way to go here is to opt for native plants – this may not be the most exotic option, but it’s the most logical one. In short, no matter how much you’d like to have a palm tree in your garden in Seattle, it is simply not going to happen.
Although you probably won’t like this 2017 trend, it is very important that you follow it. Our water reserves are decreasing and some states, such as California, have mandated a water usage reduction. This trend has spread among the gardeners and cultivating drought-friendly greeneries is now gaining in popularity. Basically, you’ll have to say goodbye to large green surfaces and your aim should be plants that consume less water, such as Acacia Cognata, also known as “Cousin It” and Astelia Silver Shadow.
On the previous note, environmental consciousness is slowly becoming a widespread trend – as it should. Water shortages aren’t the only issue that troubles our home planet and the ‘green’ mentality is becoming a regular thing; even people who are doing this only because it’s popular are helping! Well, native plants come to the rescue here too! Geographically native plants tend to attract birds, insects and other forms of wildlife that have been there before humans intervened. This is called “Naturescaping” and it is a great way to bring environmental consciousness to the landscape designs.
Be Subtle about Your Privacy
Not every landscaping trend of 2017 is going to be focused on eco-friendliness; some, like this one, have the owner’s comfort as their main goal. The modern world is hectic to say the least, and the only place where we can properly unwind is the comfort of our very own home. Now, it would be great if you could drink a cold one in your garden after a hard day’s work, but your neighbors may constantly feel chatty. One way to prevent them from ruining your buzz would be to build a 10ft. wall, but this won’t exactly tell good tales about your neighborliness. We recommend that you be subtle about your privacy – install shade sail posts, for example, and if you want to be left alone, simply raise the sails!
The best way to describe modern world would be “Be efficient, multitask, or fail!” When it comes to landscapes, you can extend their purpose beyond mere décor – you can even grow your own food. A garden full of fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables will be something that is both gorgeous to look at and highly functional!
These five landscaping trends are more than likely to bring out the essence of 2017. Mindfulness towards the environment, carefully chosen plants, subtle privacy and efficiency are the very pillars of modern-day landscaping!
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