Outdoor Garden spaces

April 7, 2018
Trends for Outdoor & Garden

With an ongoing penchant for doing more with outdoor spaces, there’s been an increase in area that are both more functional and more natural. Here are the most recent trends for your outdoor and garden spaces:

Painted and artificial lawns: The long summer drought led to plenty of watering restrictions and the rise of drought-shaming. For those who still want a green lawn but don't want to risk neighborhood snickers, artificial lawns or ones that are painted green offered a dose of green without the guilt.

Decomposed Granite: As more and more people switched to rock gardens, California native plantings, or just gave up the lawn entirely, this filler was everywhere. Combining it with pavers, drought-friendly plants and tasteful statuary takes this look from basic to luxe.

Perennial Grasses: Another trend springing from drought-conscious landscaping was the rise of the use of native grasses. Instead of manicured and maintained lawn, the landscape is a bit untamed, planted and left to mature and roam wild. Call it the garden equivalent of beach hair, a lot of front yards were sporting the uncombed look this year.

Bringing In The Tech: People are still investing in adding outdoor living spaces to their backyards and more than ever technology plays a role. Wifi and surround sound are a must as are LED lights and televisions, especially poolside. Netflix and chill just took on a whole new meaning.

What is coming for next year? Look for the "internet of things" to move into the backyard with devices that talk to each other and let you know when they require maintenance. If the backyard has become the new living room and kitchen in recent years, look for its next iteration to be as the home office and entertainment area.

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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