1. It's all about Greenery
Greenery was selected as Pantone's color of the year, sending vibrant green hues to the forefront in the design industry — and landscape designs are no exception.Vibrant green will take center stage in outdoor areas this year, the National Association of Landscape Professionals predicts. Combining greenery of various textures and shades, such as a formal hedge of green velvet boxwood, a border of green lilyturf, and dense ivy-covered trellises, is just as impactful as a garden filled with a rainbow of colorful flowers.
2. Hygge is heading outside
The Danish concept of hygge is all about creating an atmosphere of coziness by embracing the simple pleasures of life. And that cozy vibe isn't confined to interior spaces. Homeowners also are becoming more interested in holistic landscapes that promote well-being. Decorating with light, arranging seating for close-knit conversation, planting aromatic flowers, and adding water features to encourage mindfulness are a few ways to integrate hygge into landscapes — and to find more enjoyment and fulfillment in outdoor spaces.
3. Outdoor kitchens are getting tech-savvy
More homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens than ever before. Well beyond basic grilling stations and dining sets, these full-scale kitchens marry the enjoyment of the great outdoors with indoor conveniences. Today’s outdoor kitchens can be equipped with smart home technology — for example, built-in consoles on refrigerator doors, mobile app-controlled LED lighting, and ovens integrated with Wi-Fi.
4. The magic is in the mix
Anything but uniform, more landscapes in 2018 will feature the integration of several forms of hardscape materials. From pebble paths bookended with stone planters to wooden decks adorned with iron gates and railings, smart pairings of materials can create a less formal and more playful approach to landscapes.
5. Pollinators are a priority
Increased attention on the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem has inspired homeowners to develop gardens that specifically attract vital honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. No longer a specialty subset of gardens, native plantings are taking center stage in gardens to provide abundant, year-round nectar sources. Along with LED lighting, eco-friendly materials, and edible gardens, pollinator gardens are a reflection of homeowners’ continued interest in sustainable landscapes.
6. Lawns are getting smarter
Through selective breeding of plants, turfgrass seed producers have made significant advancements in developing cultivated grass varieties, or cultivars, that are designed to be smarter. They can better withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically beautiful and healthy lawn, making them especially desirable in drought-prone areas. Modern cultivars also enhance the environmental benefits of lawns, including the production of oxygen, while the latest strides in irrigation technology help conserve water.
7. Landscapes are rising to new heights — and new places
The commercial landscape industry pioneered “green roofs” atop city skyscrapers. Now, we’re seeing green roofs and living gardens in unexpected settings, such as ballpark restaurants or even double-decker buses. Homeowners are thinking above the ground level when it comes to their landscapes, too.