Outdoor Landscaping Design Trends That Picked Up Momentum This Year

Outdoor Landscaping Design Trends That Picked Up Momentum This Year

Posted by Amy Ryan on 7th Jan 2024

2023 Round Up and What's Up for 2024: 8 Outdoor Landscaping Design Trends 

1. Sustainable Landscaping: There is a growing emphasis on environmentally friendly landscaping practices, such as xeriscaping (designing to reduce the need for irrigation) and eco-scaping which is landscaping with native plants. Incorporating sustainable materials such as corten steel planter boxes and metal landscape edging/borders you can be green and have a posh garden. Aluminum and steel are 100% recyclable and grow more sophisticated with age.

Corten Steel Landscape Edging

2. Outdoor Living Spaces: Many homeowners are investing in creating functional and stylish outdoor living spaces, including outdoor kitchens, kitchen gardens, fire pits, and comfortable seating areas to extend usable space beyond the interior of the home.

3. Low-Maintenance Gardens: With busy lifestyles, there was a trend towards low-maintenance landscaping, featuring plants and designs that require minimal care. Raised garden beds and automated drip systems minimize water waste and optimize plant health.

4. Smart Landscaping: Integration of smart technology into landscaping, such as irrigation systems with sensors, smart lighting, and automated lawn care equipment, became more popular due to efficiency and convenience.

5. Wildlife-Friendly Gardens: People were increasingly interested in creating gardens that attract and support local wildlife, incorporating native plants that provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

6. Edible Landscaping: Gardens that serve a dual purpose by providing both aesthetic appeal and a source of fresh, edible produce gained popularity. This included incorporating herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees into traditional landscaping. Pure, untreated food-safe and organic garden containers such as raw steel, weathering steel, or Corten steel do not corrode or leak toxic substances into the soil such as treated woods and cheap metals can do.

Maze Landscape Planter Edging

7. Vertical Gardening: Utilizing vertical space for gardening, whether through trellises, living walls, or vertical planters, was a trend for maximizing greenery in smaller outdoor spaces.

8. Naturalistic Water Features: Rather than traditional, formal water features, there was a shift towards more naturalistic water elements, such as meandering streams, pondless waterfalls, and water gardens. Wide smooth flow scuppers and spouts allow water to transition effortlessly.

Yard Couture Copper Water Spillways

Remember that landscaping trends can vary based on geographical location, climate, and individual preferences. For the most current trends, it's advisable to consult with local landscaping professionals.

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