The Top 7 Landscape Design Trends for 2017

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Photo: Botanical Decorators
These trends from the National Association of Landscape Professionals are going to dominate landscapes this year.

Is it spring yet? The National Association of Landscape Professionals just announced the official landscape trends for 2017 and we're ready from some time in the great outdoors—or you know, our own backyards. From bringing hygge vibes outdoors to creating bee-friendly gardens, find out how you can get on top of these trends.

Going Green With All Types of Greenery

Photo courtesy of DeSantis Landscapes, Salem, OR, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

It's no surprise that vibrant green will take center stage in landscaping this year. After all, Pantone declared Greenery the color of 2017. So instead of filling your yard with an assortment of colored flowers and plants, look to low maintenance shrubs like green velvet boxwood to give your outdoor space a subtle, but impactful update.

Bringing Hygge Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Botanical Decorators, Olney, MD, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

The Danish concept of hygge is all about creating an atmosphere of coziness by embracing the simple pleasures of life. And while it's been a big topic in interiors, hygee vibes also have a place in your outdoor space. Use light to add ambiance, arrange seating for close-knit conversation, plant aromatic flowers or add water features to integrate hygge into your landscapes.

Tech Savvy Exterior Kitchens

Photo courtesy of Botanical Decorators, Olney, MD, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Outdoor living is here to stay and exterior kitchens are playing a huge role. Well beyond basic grilling stations and dining sets, these full-scale kitchens marry the enjoyment of the great outdoors with indoor conveniences. Today's outdoor kitchens can be equipped with “smart home" technology like built-in consoles on refrigerator doors, mobile app-controlled LED lighting and Wi-Fi integrated ovens.

Mixing Up Materials

Photo courtesy of Designs by Sundown, Littleton, CO, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Mixed materials? Yes please. This year, take a more playful approach to landscaping and change things up with a mix of stone, wood and metals. Add iron railing and gates to a wooden deck or bookend a pebble path with stone planters.

Prioritizing Pollinators

Photo courtesy of The LaurelRock Company, Wilton, CT, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Bee populations are declining around the world and homeowners are recognizing the importance of the pollinators to our ecosystem. Working with their gardeners and landscapes, they're striving to grow gardens that specifically attract vital honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies through the use of LED lighting, selection of native plants and eco-friendly materials.

Growing “Smart" Lawns

Photo courtesy of M.J. Design Associates, Inc., Plain City, OH, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Dried out lawns be gone. Seed producers have made significant advancements to design grass varieties, called cultivars, that better withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically beautiful and healthy lawn.

Taking Landscapes to New Heights and Unusual Places

Photo courtesy of Town and Gardens, Ltd., Long Island City, NY, member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

The commercial landscape industry first pioneered “green roofs" atop city skyscrapers. Now, we're seeing green roofs and living gardens in unexpected settings, like ballpark restaurants or even double-decker buses.


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