Trends in landscape gardening vary year in, year out. But there are aspects in landscape gardening that remain constant, like mowing (if you don’t have a lawnmower, mower reviews can help you in picking one) and how careful planning can boost the curb appeal and the interest factor of your lawn. The smart use of points of interest, functionality, texture and color is what dictates landscape design trends.
Top 10 tips for landscape gardening for 2016
- Space is at premium, but with careful planning you’ll be able to maximize every part of your lawn or garden. Make the area more functional with outdoor seating, a fire pit and a cooking area. Make whatever space you have provide the right ambiance by filling gaps with potted plants.
- Grow more plants and vegetables using a vertical garden if you do not have a large space. Position trellises along planters and borders so you can have climbing vegetables and flowering vines. Add shelves to a garden fence or wall to hold plant containers.
- Use color structures to increase your garden’s interest level and make your entire area more attractive. This means painting your walls, fences and even your house exterior. Black is huge in Europe, while in the U.S. dark green, dark charcoal gray and navy blue provide a great foil for every color in the garden.
- Subtle color ranges are in. While a profusion of colors makes a garden very attractive and lively, designers now appreciate a more subtle effect, such as a one-color garden. Details are important, like the texture of a stone wall, the delicate and intricate branching of bare shrubs and plants or an interestingly-patterned edging.
- Consider container-gardening techniques and create a small-scale landscape with each. You might also consider the merits of indoor gardening and moving some of your plants on to your patio. Learn companion planting and find flowering plants and vegetables that can be grown together such as petunias and peppers; pot marigold and asparagus; beans and nasturtium and rosemary; or onions and chamomile. Plant them in containers and treat the vegetables as foliage.
- Whether you are planning a classic traditional, modern farmhouse or contemporary landscape design, make heavy use of native species of traditional ornamental plants.
- Create an outdoor experience to extend the season. You can do this with outdoor entertaining options such as a fire pit, a fireplace or outdoor furniture from natural materials.
- If your area allows it, your container for rain water collection can be used as a water feature in your garden.
- Use lighting schemes with LED lights. Choosing those with warmer colors and controllers, you can vary the brightness and dimness of your lights. Use different schemes to change the ambiance and put emphasis on parts of your garden or your plants. Softer tones will highlight various plant materials, while some trees will have deeper tones when lit with green or blue colored lights.
- Construct a berm to bring life into a corner of the garden, which is often forgotten during landscaping. It will add color and texture to a flat garden and add pizazz to monotonous corners.
Attractive landscaping need not be expensive. Carefully choosing what to put into your garden will increase its appeal and value.