4 Landscaping Design Trends to Grow in 2016

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Landscaping can be an overwhelming task. Need some inspiration for what to plant, build and rearrange around your lawn and garden? Check out these4 landscaping design trends to grow in 2016.

1. Water-Conscious Gardens

Landscapers and gardeners in the Southwestern USA and other parts of the country have been contending with extreme drought conditions. This results in the necessity for water-consciousness at all times. There are several different approaches that we’re seeing homeowners take in response to this situation:

  • Rain gardens are rising in popularity.
  • Rainwater harvesting is trendy, but consult local laws before implementing it on your own property.
  • In some communities, rock gardens and cactus gardens are taking the place of well-watered lawns.
  • Homeowners are seeking out drought-resistant plant varieties to incorporate into their landscapes.

2. Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is a huge trend for 2016. It’s a trend that makes sense; many edible plants are also gorgeous, so it’s easy to add beauty to your landscape at the same time you provide nutritious food for your family.

Take, for example, plants like blueberry bushes. They not only yield delicious fruit, but they also also treat their viewers to spectacular, colorful displays when their greenery changes color in the autumn months.

Herbs are both useful and beautiful, with chives being a primary example. Chive blossoms offer the contemporary landscaper a sleek, contemporary look when placed in beds or used as accents in the landscape; chives can also provide a flavorful addition to salads, sandwiches and entrees.

This is not a new trend, but it’s a carryover landscaping trend that is still going strong for 2016. According to the New York Times, there was a sharp decrease in sales of shrubs and trees after 2008. At that time, sales of food-gardening merchandise increased by approximately 40 percent. Although pundits are proclaiming that the economy is improving and the outlook for 2016 is good, the popularity of food gardening hasn’t waned.

3. Permaculture Gardening

Permaculture is another top trend that fits well with edible landscaping. Permaculture enthusiasts make use of “companion planting,” a concept which encourages the interplanting of flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums with food crops like tomatoes, in hopes that the diverse species will benefit each other in various ways.

4. The Outdoors and Indoors Merge

In some areas of the country, particularly the areas with mild climates, it’s getting increasingly challenging to determine where the landscape ends and the home interior begins. Outdoor kitchens and dining areas are currently being incorporated into the backyard landscape. Outdoor bathing areas offer peace, calm, tranquility and relaxation. The outdoor landscape is becomingly increasingly more well-lit, with elaborate LED lighting schemes being available for outdoor use.