If you are thinking of updating or refreshing your back yard, here are 5 back yard landscaping trends you should be aware of before starting. Even if you don’t think your back yard needs a makeover, by the time you read this, we guarantee you’ll have some ideas on how to make it better.
- Easy and Smart – People are opting for landscape designs that require little time, energy and water. Drought tolerant plants like succulents, Firecracker Penstemon, Sulphur Buckwheat, Sheep Fescue, Mexican Sage and California Fuschia are all great plants to consider for arid regions since they require little water and are very attractive. Consider adding a rock creek or a patio made with pavers to cut down on yard maintenance.
- Productive – Edible gardens are very popular because of the gratification that comes from planting something, watching it grow and enjoying it in your favorite recipe. Depending on your climate and soil conditions, consider planting a combination of your favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. These can include, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, rosemary, lemons and oranges. These types of gardens require care and attention but the rewards are huge!
- Water and Fire – The sight, sound, smell and overall sensory experience of congregating next to a fire or water feature can be very enjoyable and relaxing. Water and fire features can be small enough to place on top of a small patio table or large enough to include a complex landscaping design.
- Outside Living- More and more people are making their back yards into their ‘other’ room in the house. Back yards are being designed for people to spend more time outdoors. They are being configured to be THE place where we gather, entertain and play. It is no wonder we are seeing more and more outdoor kitchens, lighting, gaming and shading products on the market. We are finally claiming our yards from our dogs!
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