Landscaping experts advise us which guidelines, which will not go out of fashion any time soon, are recommended to be adopted in our backyards. So take a look at the outdoor space and decide if it’s time for a thorough renovation. If your answer is yes, the tips below will help keep your garden in trend all summer long this year – and few more years to come.
Sustainability is by far the biggest trend in outdoor landscaping in these times, and this approach can be used in both plant selection and garden design as well as in lighting. The easiest way to make your garden just scream from sustainability? Attract pollinators. Interest in plants that attract insects and birds is rising sharply. Use ecological elements in the garden, such as LED lights for fountains, swimming pools and other outdoor lighting, as well as environmentally friendly materials, such as composite wood or lawn stabilizers, which replace stone driveways and terraces. You can also demonstrate your sustainability approach by using old cans of paint or strainers instead of the classic flower beds and hanging pots.
2. Edible garden
Once you’ve fed the birds and insects, why not feed yourself? Edible gardens are nothing new, but they have returned to the big door in the last few years. Homeowners have found that they can grow vegetables, herbs and fruits on their own at low cost, while ensuring that their crops are truly healthy and organic. Locallly grown vegetables are full of flavor and high in nutrients – unlike those that arrive on store shelves from afar. And you don’t need a lot of space. Herbs such as oregano, basil, sage, rosemary and chives tolerate the summer heat well and also thrive on the sunny windowsill. You can also plant a vegetable garden in boxes on a small piece of lawn, which are also decoration of the outdoor space.
More and more homeowners are using river gravel for their garden as they have too much cost for mulching, straw and other organic materials. It does not need to be replaced every year, so we save time and money, in addition, it is resistant to all weather conditions. Also, stones are not difficult to include in the scheme of planting ornamental plants. Experts recommend that we choose plants that are resistant drought and wind and do not need much care. In this way, we establish a healthy ecosystem and give the stone garden an aesthetic appearance.
Hygge, a Scandinavian way of life that emphasizes the comfort of living, doesn’t just mean squeezing by the fireplace with a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea. You can also create comfort in the outdoor space and be connected to it throughout the year. If you’re sorry that you did not adopt this trend at the beggining of the garden season, it is not too late. There are still enough summer days left to do it now. Add a fireplace, water features or original lighting to the garden. Or simply arrange the garden furniture so that it is more suitable for relaxing or talking to friends.
5. Vibrant colors
The vibrant colors of the flowers, which thrive from spring to the first frost, brighten up just about any garden. These include, for example, roses, hydrangeas and new species of petunias. Don’t despair if you don’t have a lot of space. You can also plant shrubs, such as dwarf boxwood or dwarf Spanish eldelberry. If desired, add some more boldly colored plants. Garden owners usually think of flowering shrubs or climbing plants. But what if you preferre to use colorful boxes or pots instead of plants as a color accent? You can! Fabrics and sunshades in vibrant colors and patterns also bring the desired color to the outdoor space.
6. Vertical garden
Don’t have enough garden space to plant? Look up! Vertical gardens have become a favorite of owners who have a modest outdoor space but want a fresh look. They are currently very popular both inside the home and outside. Depending on the surface, you can create a large or small »living wall«. Just be sure to choose suitable plants for the available light.