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Embracing Trends in Landscape Garden Design

Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 9:00AM

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For most of us, home is our haven. It’s where we feel most comfortable, relaxed, and at peace. In Florida, that personal space includes outdoor areas such as patios and yards.

In fact, according to Garden Media’s 2018 Garden Trends Report: Nature’s RX for Mental Wellness, an elegant landscape can do wonders for your mental and spiritual health. In your quest for a serene area where you can reconnect with nature, it’s helpful to be aware of emerging trends in the industry.

Here’s what’s new and exciting in landscape garden design:

Natural Materials

Nothing brings you back to nature better than nature itself. That’s why more landscape professionals are incorporating the use of natural elements in their designs, such as regionally-sourced rocks and vegetation. Overgrown hedges are often added to offset the more manicured areas of your backyard. In addition, landscapers are ‘upcycling,’ and giving new life to discarded items centered around natural materials — such as wooden railroad ties.

Complementing Colors
The use of color blocking has also recently increased. Taking a page from fashion magazines, landscape designers are using blocks of color to make bold outdoor statements. In addition, dull, neutral colors have taken a back seat to rich and vibrant tones. Your senses will be heightened when you gaze at flower beds full of bright reds, oranges, yellows, and purples.

Mix of Old and New
Another trend in landscape garden design is moving from the more traditional “one style, everything matching” ideal to a display mix of a new and old, with varying styles. Landscapers have risen to the challenge of finding ways to merge traditional and modern elements in a complementing manner. One way to achieve this is through incorporating raw and artisan materials with sleek, purposeful design. This creates diversity in style and approach that — when viewed collectively — creates an aesthetic and welcoming motif.

Play Places
Just because the school days have ended, that doesn’t mean adults can’t still have fun in the great outdoors! Incorporating leisure activities into your landscape is another way to make your home more inviting and appealing. This includes ‘courts’ for games such as bocce ball and cricket, as well as gathering places such as fire pits and dining areas.

Pets can also join in the festivities when you create dedicated outdoor spaces for the family’s best friends.

For the kids, another trend focuses on non-traditional activity areas that encourage imaginative play. Rather than climbing structures and sandboxes, consider areas where kids can dig, explore, and dream among the plant and rock features of your backyard.

Make It Happen
At Kargar Construction, we’d be honored to help you create a relaxing refuge — where everyone in the family can unwind, convene with nature, and make lasting memories. Offering more than 30 years of expertise in the field, our knowledgeable staff are experts at crafting unique living spaces. Contact us today to find out how you can own a personalized home oasis you’ll be proud to show off to the neighborhood!


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