8 Garden Trends to Brighten Your Home’s Exterior
A garden is a little piece of nature that's close to home, and that's why a lot of people love it.
Gardens can also provide places for family gatherings and harvesting vegetables, which are trending right now.
What other garden trends are going strong in 2017?
What is out in the gardening world?
We have curated eight garden trends this year to turn your gardening mojo on.
1. Sustainable and eco-friendly
The efforts to preserve the environment are everywhere, including in your garden.
Eco-friendly gardening is not new, but in 2017 more and more garden owners start implementing it. Some ways include using rainwater to irrigate the plants, preparing composts from household waste (to avoid chemical fertilizer), and using less pesticide.
We also see the rise of native plants which are great for the ecosystem balance.
What's more, localism in gardening is in. This means buying gardening elements from local sources to reduce the CO2 imprints that come with long transportation.
When choosing furniture like benches or swings, more people are looking for sustainable and natural material as well.
2. Setting up the vibes with lighting
Setting up lights in the garden is not done solely by necessity anymore; there's a real design interest playing out.
Homeowners are using lighting schemes to achieve particular effects like cozy, café-vibe, or romantic.
With the arrival of LED lamps, placing lights in your garden has never been easier. Durable, weather resistant, and safe to install outside, LEDs come in different forms and styles.
You can use lanterns to light the garden pathways, hang garlands across the flower bed or fairy lights in high shrubs. There are also sun powered garden lights if you wish to go 100% green with your lights.
3. Plants take centre stage
People are starting to prioritize plants over landscape design.
Now, the designing process starts with choosing the plants and building the landscape based on their looks and colors.
The types of plants that people favor these days are robust, low maintenance plants. That's the reason flower beds are less popular this year; they need a lot of attention.
4. Functionality over beauty
Versatility is key in 2017. People tend to prefer functional plants to beautiful plants this year.
Plants that act as an air purifier to fight high pollution such as spider plants, bamboo palms, and philodendrons, are in demand, especially in urban areas.
Some people like to plant natural insect repellent plants like lemongrass, lavender, and basil.
Fruit plants are also gaining popularity nowadays, especially since they can grow in terracotta pots (lemons, apples, pomegranates, and much more). Harvesting the fruits has become one of the joys of modern day gardening.
5. From garden to table
Speaking of functionality, planting what you can feed your family with is also in right now.
Backyard vegetable gardens are both nutritious and educational for the kids (not to mention delicious!)
Many are interested but too afraid to start. But actually, many vegetables don't take a lot of expertise to grow such as tomatoes, zucchinis, and green beans.
A small surface is not a problem either; vertical vegetable gardens can be the perfect solution.
What's more, you can grow your vegetables 100% organic, so you don't have to pay a lot of money for them in supermarkets anymore. It's a real money-saving tool.
6. Clashes of colors in garden trends
Who doesn't love to see colors in their garden? This year, garden trends are going a bit further with color blocks.
White fences are out; colorful ones are in. For a colorful effect, you can plant your fuschia plants against an orange fence.
If you don't want to go all in, try a corner of your garden first. You can concentrate the color blocking effect there while keeping other parts subtle and neutral in color.
No wall or fence that you can paint? No problem; hang curtains or put colorful small garden decorations to achieve the pops of colors effect.
Clashing vibrant and flashy colors will cheer up the entire look of a garden and can be your pick-me-up source of the day.
7. The decreased popularity of lawns
Once highly coveted and symbol of status, lawns are not prominently featured in this year's garden trends.
There are several reasons for this:
- Lawns take a lot of water. Due to the scarcity of water and the increase in the eco-attitude, lawns don't seem worth it anymore.
- Mowing, watering, aerating, lawns require time-consuming efforts. With our busy lifestyle, it's getting harder and harder to find a time slot for lawn care.
Some people still like the look, though. But to avoid the hassle, people start favoring artificial grasses that don't need mowing and tending.
8. Outdoor living spaces
Gardens have become an extension of the living indoor spaces. Terraces, patios, or balconies are now hanging out places for families and friends.
Garden furniture has never been more popular. You can expect to see a complete living "room" in a backyard, with TV, gaming station, comfy couches, and decorations.
This actually makes sense. Being outside is good for your overall well-being, so why not make use of the greeneries that you already have to chill and release the stress?
As spring is underway and summer is approaching, we can expect to take advantage of our garden more, be it to play, hang out, or plant tomatoes.
You can begin by looking at small things you can do to kick start the gardening season.
What kind of look do you want to achieve? Do you prefer easy-to-care-for plants?
Hopefully, these eight garden trends can provide the inspiration you need.
One thing is for sure, garden trends come and go, but the fun that a garden brings is evergreen.
Do you love gardening and want more tips for the new season?
We have plenty of tips on our blog that we think you might like!