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Top Landscape Trends for 2016
The National Association of Landscape Professionals recently announced its official list of the top landscape design trends for 2016. Check out this list and see if you are on trend this year!
1. Customized Outdoor Living Spaces - As more and more homeowners entertain outdoors and make the most of time spent outside, landscapes have become extensions of interior spaces, complete with furniture and appliances. This means full-service kitchens with brick ovens and grills, comfortable living and dining rooms featuring fireplaces and fire pits, and romantic canopy bedrooms are going to be appearing in a neighborhood near you!
2. Lighted and High-Tech Landscapes - Dramatic and boldly colored lights, twinkling accent lighting in walkways, backyard Wi-Fi and TV installations are just some of the ways gardens are getting tech-savvy in 2016.
3. Eco-Friendly and Native Gardens - "Naturescaping"—selecting and growing native plants to attract birds, insects and wildlife—is one method landscapers will execute this year to appeal to an increased interest in developing environmentally conscious landscapes. Fire Chief™ Thuja would be an excellent choice for a busy homeowner that seeks a beautiful, easy maintenance landscape.
4. Edible Landscapes - The demand for low-maintenance options has made container gardens grow in popularity. Fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables add texture and color variety to landscapes, while providing a fresh supply of delicious ingredients. These edible landscapes will not just be in individual home gardens, they will also be appearing in neighborhoods and community gardens this year.
5. Freshwater Features - Rain barrels, rain gardens and stone retaining walls add stunning dimension to lush landscapes, while serving an important purpose of collecting, cleaning or stopping water. In fact, water and other non-plant features, including sculptures or pottery, are becoming focal points in landscapes more often today.
6. Soothing Hues - For the first time, Pantone®, the authority on color, has announced the blending of two colors—Rose Quartz and Serenity—as its Pantone Color of the Year for 2016. Expect these soft, nature-inspired pink and blue hues to bloom in gardens everywhere this year. A great example of this color blend is the L.A. Dreamin’® Hydrangea!