As discussed during the last few blogs the ASLA, or American Society of Landscape Architects, releases what they feel will be the upcoming trends for the next year year based on feedback from Landscape Architects. The ASLA then shares the trends they are currently seeing within the industry.
The list below are the “outdoor elements” and structures most sought after by homeowners:
Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.)
Water-saving xeriscape or dry gardens
Plant walls/vertical gardens
Planters, sculptures, garden accessories
Decorative water elements (ornamental pools, fountains, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos,
water runnels or bubblers)
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Enhanced railing systems (cable, glass, etc.)
Pergolas, gazebos, pavilions and arbors
Decks and porches
ADA-accessible structures (ramps, bars, shelving, etc.)
Play structures (tree houses, swing sets, etc.)
Utility sheds (tool sheds, garden sheds)
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Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants
Reduced lawn area
Rainwater/gray water harvesting
Geothermal heated pools
Lists like this help landscape designers during the consultation process. When we meet with clients and evaluate the space is it nice to have a list of items like this, even if the list is in our heads, to discuss with the homeowner. Even if we do not provide the service (example: decking installation) we can still help you to plan for those elements. Professional, trained landscape designers have experience in designing and suggesting many of the above items on the list. We play with spaces and creating the best solution for your space.
During consultations we like to ask potential clients many questions such as how you will use the space? Do you have children or pets? Sport activities? Do you entertain? All these questions give the designer insight as to how to customize your space. So consider the above list as you plan your landscape consultation. It may help provide some very productive dialog.