With the new year approaching, it’s a great time to think about sprucing up your outdoor space. If you’ve had the same landscape for years, maybe it’s time to inject some vitality into the outdoor areas where you relax, entertain and soothe your frazzled nerves.
Landscape experts have their eyes on some hot trends for 2015. Consider one — or a few — to add some pizazz to your landscape.
Landscape Trend #1: Edible Gardens
Separating flowers from vegetables in your garden is so yesterday. The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together. These double-duty gardens offer a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables, and herbs while providing intriguing, energized beds.
Tuck tomato plants in with your roses. Plant a drift of “Bright Lights” chard — as pretty as any blooming perennial.
Mix asparagus or some raspberry bushes into your cutting garden. And chili peppers? They’re hotter than ever. Before they end up in your salsa recipe, they’re pretty little ornaments to spice up your garden.
Landscape Trend #2: Birds, Butterflies And Bees — Oh My!
More and more gardeners are installing plants that attract butterflies, birds, and bees, especially since news has spread of the dwindling bee population.
Here in New York and Connecticut, lots of plants will draw these winged critters to your yard.
Plant wild basil to invite butterflies — it’s one of their favorite nectar plants. Violets are many butterflies’ top choice for a host plant — plants they lay eggs on that will feed the caterpillars when they hatch.
Yarrow and hyssop will attract native bees.
Don’t forget water. Try a bird bath or a mini pond in a basin. Birds prefer shallow water, so keep the depth to three inches or less.
Landscape Trend #3: The Soothing Sound Of Water
Water features are more popular than ever, from fountains to water walls to serene ponds.
The sound of water is soothing after a hectic day at work. It masks distracting sounds, like traffic in front of your house, or the neighbor kids’ water balloon battles. It attracts birds and butterflies who love to sip and splash in the water.
There’s a water feature for every landscape and every budget. (Need help choosing? Neave Aquatics’ water feature professionals can outline all your choices.)
Landscape Trend #4: Outdoor Rooms and Kitchens
New outdoor fabrics, made from acrylic fibers for fade-resistant, waterproof wear, are available in more patterns than ever, rivaling indoor fabric choices for trend-setting beauty. Use them on comfortable outdoor furniture that mimics living room luxury.
Outdoor kitchens now offer all the handy features of indoor kitchens. And more! Sprawling stone counters as far as the eye can see, fancy mosquito-control misters, outdoor air-cooling systems and shiny appliances that make your indoor kitchen look like Barbie’s.
Add a cozy fireplace, and your outdoor living space will be the most popular space at your house.
Landscape Trend #5: Planting For Privacy
The outside world keeps getting busier and more hectic. All the more reason to create a private outdoor oasis at home. That means planting for privacy.
This can be as simple as a collection of container plants on the deck or a fence covered in ivy.
Japanese holly or boxwood creates a nice solid hedge. Or create a natural screen with a mix of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Landscape Trend #6: Native Plants
Sure, fancy tropicals have their place. But there’s a definite movement toward native plants. It makes sense. Plants that have adapted to your area will grow well there and look good in your garden, without a lot of special attention.
Here in New York and Connecticut, we’re lucky — we’re blessed with loads of lovely natives that can beautify your landscape.
Try wild columbine. Its unique red and yellow flowers attract hummingbirds. New England aster perks up any bed with bright lavender flowers with cheery yellow centers in late summer and early fall. Pink turtlehead offers showy pink flowers July through September. Plant a cranberry bush for pretty white flowers, followed by bright red fruit that attracts birds.
Landscape Trend #7: The Well-Lit Garden
When you have a beautiful landscape, it’s tough to leave it once darkness falls. And why should you?
Customized outdoor lighting can highlight your garden, pool, walkways, outdoor basketball court, entryway and more.
The right lighting not only keeps you safe from tripping on your garden path, it adds a warm, welcoming ambiance and a touch of class.
Imagine an evening stroll through your garden, led by a luminous glow. Some fixtures cast light on the path while others nestle in the garden bed, highlighting your most striking plants.
With the right lighting, the play of light and shadow can give your favorite plant beauties an entirely new look.
Neave Knows Landscape Trends
For more than 40 years, Neave Landscaping has been creating a wide variety of eye-catching landscapes. Our expert landscape designers can offer great advice on planning and installing any of the latest landscape trends.
The first step is scheduling your free consultation with Neave Group Outdoor Solutions. A project manager will visit your home so you can chat about your vision for your outdoor space.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Don’t let the new year’s hot trends pass you by.