2016 Landscape Design Trends

Go to any library and you will find books dedicated to landscape design. What is considered important aesthetically by the design mavens and how these ideas will be interpreted at a practical level can be revealed by looking at publications by  groups like the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

The 2016 trends they point to are:

  1. More emphasis on the inside moving outside. Furniture and appliances (full kitchens, dining rooms with fireplaces, canopy bedrooms and “themed spaces” as outdoor retreats the fit owner’s interests.
  2.  Lighted high-tech landscapes. Dramatic and colorful lighting, enhancements. Twinkle lights in walkways. Outdoor WI-FI and TV.  Solar power and LED lighting.
  3.  Eco-friendly and native gardens. Naturescaping to attract birds, insects and wildlife. Low maintenance while managing suburban water runoff.
  4. Edible landscapes-low maintenance container gardens. Preference for natural, organic. Will be planned and implemented in neighborhoods and residential communities.
  5. Modes for collecting, cleaning and stopping fresh water run-off. Rain barrels, rain gardens.
  6. Focal points in gardens-pottery and sculptures.
  7. Based on PANTONE Colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity–Soft pinks and blues-“soothing hues” as seen in certain heritage roses, Angelique tulips, French Hydrangea, Catherine Woodbury daylilies, Blue Lace Delphinium. (The color psychology behind the combination is “an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

To add to the above, here is the interpretation from Garden Design Magazine:

Top Garden Trends for 2016



1 comment for “2016 Landscape Design Trends

  1. Gayle Mathues
    March 31, 2016 at 8:15 am

    outdoor living spaces sound so alluring but are they practical, beyond the usual deck and patio and tables and chairs? Canopy beds and other heavy, hard to move furniture sound wonderful but does anyone factor in spiders, bird droppings, other bugs, and even mice? One year, down south, I removed a large cushion for cleaning only to find a squashed tree frog under it!
    As for the colors, hey, that’s my color scheme already! For a change, Pantone got it right!! 🙂

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