Many seasons ago the idea of the “staycation” became the norm in the American backyard. People began creating highly personalized landscapes to make the most of their space. The newest trend in the back yard scene is to create more active play spaces – and not just for children.
The idea for these more productive play spaces does influence children, and the desire for parents to have more active and interesting play spaces than just the traditional swing set. A swing set is an item that takes up a big footprint in the yard, and can be a focal point (desired or not) for many years. Then they can be cumbersome to remove and dispose of once the children outgrow them. The transition is to areas that offer more creative and imaginative play areas which integrate visually into the back yard better.
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However, the idea of more active play spaces are not just for kids, adults are getting in on the action as well. Adults are adding more personalized activities to the back yard to enjoy themselves. Unused areas of the backyard are becoming bocce courts and other spaces to play lawn games combined with early container or raised garden areas and fire pits.
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Fire pits are activity areas that everyone in the family can enjoy. Many of the ways people are integrating them into the landscape are versatile. They can accommodate an entire family, many friends or just be a cozy space for two.
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Whether your back yard needs to accommodate children, or just “big kids” there are more ways than ever to customize your space and create a backyard just for you and your family. If you need help in creating an adaptable and unique space, Hillside Garden Landscaping offers design and installations of all shapes and sizes.
Each year Garden Design Magazine releases the top garden trends. For a complete list visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2017.html