Summer is here in the Capital Region and your landscaping should look its best! Wondering where to start? We’re providing some of our favorite 2019 landscaping trends that will make your space stand out. Be ready to show off your landscaping during the busy race track season in Saratoga or create the perfect spot to host a summer barbecue! Whether you’re a low maintenance seeker or an avid gardener, this year’s top landscaping trends will make your home the envy of the neighborhood:
Low Maintenance Landscaping
People are busy! Low-maintenance landscaping cuts down on the time spent manicuring your lawn and lets you spend more time enjoying your yard! It’s important to note that low-maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, but a low-maintenance landscape dramatically cuts down the time you’ll spend keeping things up.
Populating your landscaping with perennials is a great way to reduce annual planting. As perennials come back yearly, you won’t have to worry about filling in bare spots next spring and summer! Grouping these plants by watering needs also simplifies landscaping maintenance and works for a more natural look.
Choosing plants native to your region is another great way to cut down on maintenance needs. Native plants that require less watering and fertilizer due to being in their natural climate will thrive without the hassle. A professional landscaper can inform you which plants are native to your region and how best to incorporate them into your landscaping.
In terms of bushes, trees, and shrubs, removing the ones dropping leaves into your pool daily or creeping across walkways is an easy way to reduce pruning maintenance. Keep shrubs small and simple. Before you plant them, look into how large they grow and how much upkeep they require. It’ll save you the headache in the long run!
A final note on low-maintenance landscaping is installing irrigation systems to keep your yard looking its best with minimal effort! The investment pays off and will have you relaxing in your private oasis instead of working to keep it neat.
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Another popular landscaping trend in 2019 is creating pollinator gardens. Younger and older generations alike are recognizing the importance of protecting biodiversity with the creation of these ecosystems. With the increase in environmental awareness, sights have turned to incorporating plants and flowers that attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
Pollinator-friendly flowers exist in an abundance of color and appearance variations. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has published an excellent resource for pollinator-friendly plants in the northeastern region of the United States. A landscaping professional will be able to help you determine which plants will be best for your home and region.
Water features are seeing a particular surge in 2019 landscaping trends! It’s been studied that nature sounds can relax our minds and body systems, improving well being. Water features can be large or small, simple or complex. Some are simple accents to beautiful landscaping while others may be a focal point for your design. Either way, who doesn’t want to relax in a private oasis and listen to serene sounds?
Relaxing sounds aren’t the only benefit to landscape water feature installs. These additions into your landscaping can also boost your property value. They fit in perfectly with the next trend being seen in landscapes: private spaces.
So often landscaping brings to mind entertaining guests or providing a great gathering spot, but what about when you just want to have some seclusion? Private spaces are a major landscaping trend in 2019! Cozy seating areas surrounded by greenery makes for an incredible private hideaway where you can sit back and relax.
A lush spot for two takes up little space in your overall available space. Using a pergola or constructing a small wall to separate this space from the rest of your garden are easy, beautiful ways to create your getaway. The inclusion of a small water feature makes for the perfect relaxation spot to let you get away from it all without ever having to leave your home!
Color Trend: Pink and Purple
Blooms of all colors are beautiful, but this year pinks and purples are an emerging landscaping trend. Pantone, a leader in forecasting global color trends, has even named Living Coral as their Color of the Year for 2019. Adding pops of color to the greenery of your garden will help your landscaping stand out and look its best! Popular flowers here are geraniums, roses, lilies, and petunias. Consulting a professional will help you determine which will thrive best in your landscaping.
Natural Landscaping Over Overly-Manicured
Natural landscaping is leading the trend over heavily-manicured spaces in 2019! This doesn’t mean total chaos, but less harsh symmetry. Consider planting in clusters (reminder: keeping in mind watering requirements will make your life easier, as well!) to keep a more natural formation. Natural landscapes bring a cottage-like feel to your landscaping and integrate perfectly with water features. Planning your garden well results in less maintenance for its upkeep. A more natural appearance also keeps your landscaping more informal and relaxing. It also leaves more room to personalize your work and have it stand out!
Landscaping trends are a great starting point for planning your space this year. Elements such as secluded spaces, water features, and natural landscaping all work together to create your perfect oasis right at home! It improves curb appeal, provides an amazing space to relax, and increases your property value. Are you ready to discuss your new landscaping? Contact NVS Landscape Services and we’ll work with you to create the perfect landscaping for your yard this year!
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