3 Top Landscaping Trends for 2017

The end of the year always gets people reflecting on what the next year will bring. At Robinson Environmental Design, we are witnessing a number of new and innovative landscaping trends gaining popularity in 2017. Both landscaping architects and homeowners are introducing new elements to design a landscape that is simplistic, sustainable, and sophisticated.

So, if you’re considering undertaking a landscaping project this year, this article that lists the top 3 landscaping trends for 2017 is sure to help you transform your idea of a perfect garden into reality.

1. Natural Materials

After years of dominance of minimalist outdoor furniture and hardscaping materials, industry experts are witnessing a renewed interest in natural materials, particularly natural stones. Featuring unique textures and colors, natural stones have become a popular option among homeowners who want to create a more authentic look. To add more depth, color, and texture to a landscape design, landscaping experts are interweaving different hardscaping materials, such as wooden decks with stone retaining walls or pebble paths with natural stone planters.

2. Hyperlocalism

‘Locally sourced’ has become more of a buzzword today and the landscaping industry is no exception. Landscaping architects and horticulturalists are putting an increasing emphasis on the use of native and endemic plants. But the trend of hyperlocalism is not restricted to shrubs and flowerbeds only. Even hardscaping materials are being sourced locally to design sustainable landscapes with a regionally-focused design.

3. Smart Landscapes

To minimize the input of resources and output of waste in gardens, landscaping experts are adopting smart landscaping technologies. From the use of recycled materials in the construction of a landscape to low-water-use plantation, landscaping professionals are using a multitude of techniques to help people reduce their carbon footprint, conserve more water, and benefit from the rebates and incentives offered to homes with environmentally friendly landscapes. Of all these, xeriscaping, desertscaping, drip irrigation, and installation of artificial turfs are the four techniques that are most frequently used by landscaping architects.

Moving into 2017, the primary concern of homeowners, as well as landscaping architects is to invest in landscaping techniques and materials that offer them more value per square foot and improved environmental sustainable.

To learn more about landscaping trends and tips and tricks, contact us at info@designrobinson.com