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Design Ideas | Four Trends in Backyard Design


Trends are the grand forces that motivate people and are not specific to any one industry. They reflect needs and desires that we want answered in all parts of our lives.

When it comes to designing a landscape that will be beautiful and functional for decades to come, it’s important to know the difference between a fad and a trend. Unlike fads, which can be shallow and temporary, trends are a reflection of changing norms and cultural values.

#1, The Rise of “Meaningfulness”

mindful and meaningful backyard

In an uncertain world people are reassessing what the important things in life really are. The answer will be things like self-improvement, personal growth, physical and mental health, making soulful connections and being socially responsible. In short, “meaningful experiences” that endure, without regard to the ups and downs of life. Expect to see landscapes inspired by nature, with native plantings and curved hardscapes. With features designed to bring people together and foster a sense of well-being.

#2, The Tipping Point for Internet of Things

Alexa and Siri are just the beginning. Devices for monitoring the health of your garden and optimizing lawn irrigation are already reality. Yet, the possibilities are endless. Imagine, a laser-targeted water cannon that can protect your vegetable garden from rabbits. Or, receiving a message when a Scarlet Tanager visits your bird feeder. Soon we may even have self-mowing lawns! No one knows quite yet where the future will bring us, but you can count on backyards getting more high-tech.

#3, Use the “The Language of Brooklyn”

Red brick backyard patio and fire place

Local, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted – the bricolage of the city. With its truly authentic character and sense of place, it’s no surprise the Brooklyn aesthetic has taken the world by storm. In the context of landscape design this could mean the creative use of native plants in a small space, an eclectic set of deck furniture, or vintage lighting.

#4, Go Green

Native plantings and fire circle

There are many opportunities in the course of a project to create designs that are beautiful, functional, and earth friendly. Drought-tolerant plants, native plants, low-maintenance landscapes, permeable pavers, smaller lawns, and efficiency irrigation and rainwater harvesting are all predicted to grow in popularity over the coming years.

No matter what your personal style, thinking about the themes and trends at work in your life holistically will help you design a landscape that you will love for years to come.

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