Each year the ASLA, or American Society of Landscape Architects, releases what they feel will be the upcoming trends for the year. This is based on feedback from registered Landscape Architects as to what type of projects they have been working on, and what trends they are seeing within the industry. The results they share are for both single and multi family residential properties.
This is a list of the top ten project types:
Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants
Flexible-use space (for yoga classes, movie night, etc.)
Reduced lawn area
Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.)
Charging stations (for mobile devices)
These are spot on with many of the trends we have been observing during our past landscape seasons as well. There is a conscious shift to try and reduce landscape maintenance while reducing ones “ecological footprint”. It is a wise and responsible choice to reduce and collect runoff water, especially in Binghamton where we are having more frequent floods.
While people are looking to get outside more we seem to be still attached, more so than ever, to technology. This increases the desire for electricity in our outdoor spaces. The need for flexible use spaces, especially in multi-family situations, is also growing. Having a beautiful space outdoors to host clubs, classes and other group activities is important to many people.
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Planting native species has been trending in our experience for about ten years. With each landscape season we have seen an increase in the amount of clients that request native or non-invasive plants. As a general rule, we at Hillside Garden Landscaping try to use cultivars of native plants whenever possible. This is especially important for the native insects and pollinators that rely on them for a food source. We are very happy to see this trend is still gaining momentum!
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We are often asked “What do you do all winter?” This is part of what we do! We spend the snowy days researching what types of projects our customers may be asking about for the upcoming year, brushing up on trends, and attending educational events where we discuss these trends with other landscape professionals.
Are you interested in discussing how these trends may fit into YOUR landscape? We are happy to help! Call for a consultation anytime (607) 722-4208.