Here are four innovative trends you can try in 2017:
1. Edible Gardens
The idea of clean and natural living has become more appealing to homeowners. Edible gardens are the best way to create a beautiful yard and produce healthy crops for food as well. They are also easier to maintain than turfgrass. With the right plants, healthy soil, adequate sunlight, and irrigation you can create a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs right in your backyard.
2. Color Blocking
Color blocking is gradually transcending women fashion to landscape design as homeowners are now looking for ways to add a splash of color to their yard. This trend is not only exciting but inexpensive as well. You can paint your walls with various bright colors, frame a line of potted plants, or fill the space with colorful furniture. If your garden does not have a wall you can paint, use beautiful rugs or outdoor curtains to create the same effect.
3. Locally Sourced Materials
In today's world, industries are drifting back to locally sourced goods and home design is no exception. Using native plants and local materials to design your backyard has many advantages. First of all, plants native to a location respond better to the surrounding climate conditions, soil conditions and sunlight, so they tend to flourish better and create beautiful gardens. Also, using locally sourced materials aids to reduce carbon emission. Consider how far materials have to travel from a foreign country, and how much carbon footprint is left behind. When you use locally made materials, you significantly reduce the adverse impacts on the environment. In addition, local sourcing can help boost the economy of a community and country at large.
4. Play Spaces
Your yard can become the perfect place for recreation. People are becoming less excited by beautiful landscapes. So they also want an active and practical space for entertainment. With a play space, you can combine both elements to make the best use of your yard. There are several things you can add to make your backyard the perfect play space including bocce courts, fireplaces, cornhole court, dining areas and more. For the kids, you can go beyond the traditional sandbox and tree, and create areas where they can enhance their creativity through practice.
To make the most of your backyard in 2017, incorporate one or more of these trends into your design, and watch it transform from a dull looking space to a vibrant outdoor living space.