With warmer weather and planting season upon us, homeowners are looking to return to their outdoor spaces. As people open up and prep their gardens for spring, there are a few trends you’ll spot in the lawns, gardens, and outdoor living spaces of southeast Pennsylvania homes.
Here are a few of the best—and easiest to incorporate into your space:
- Color: Vibrant hues are an essential for the season, and there are many ways to bring this trend into your space. The first place you can infuse color is into your flowers and plants themselves. Begonias are a great choice here, as they grow well in a range of conditions, and their pink, orange, white, and yellow petals can brighten any garden. Besides flowers, though, you can also introduce pops of color in baskets, flower pots, accent pillows, or a decorative outdoor rug.
- While it may seem like a contradiction in terms to call originality a trend, the popularity of personalized touches in outdoor spaces can’t be denied. If it’s handcrafted, one of a kind, or customized, it’s sure to add to your garden’s appeal. You can incorporate individualized elements with something as simple as a hand painted birdhouse or flower pot. Let yourself be guided by your own personality here, so your outdoor space is a reflection of you.
- This spring’s trendiest gardens are its lowest maintenance ones. With the pace of living getting faster and more hectic, people are turning more and more to their outdoor spaces as an oasis from the busy world of work and worry. The concept of decluttering is revolutionizing the way we look at our work and living spaces, and can be applied just as well to our gardens. Simplify decorative elements so only what you love remains. For plants and flowers, perennials cut down on work by eliminating the need to plant every year. And installing a sound irrigation system will help you conserve water as well as effort.
- Structural or architectural elements are a touchstone of the season. These can be incorporated in softscaping by choosing plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers that have a more defined, less rambling shape to them, like topiaries and Japanese maples. They can also be incorporated into hardscaping with structural elements like gazebos or pergolas. Even taking an existing structure, like a garden shed, and sprucing it up to be more of a focal point can update the look of your garden.
- Just like indoor open floor plans, the trend is to create a flow between the different facets of our lives and living spaces. Blurring the line between the indoors and the outdoors allows you to enjoy the best of both. One of the easiest ways to do this is to bring some plants and flowers inside, and some furniture outside, so that both spaces are welcoming, comfortable, and enhanced with the beauty of nature.
Whether you’re looking to make your garden trendier or just to enjoy it more this season, consulting your professional landscaper can help you make the most of your outdoor spaces.