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:
- 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.
- Lighted high-tech landscapes. Dramatic and colorful lighting, enhancements. Twinkle lights in walkways. Outdoor WI-FI and TV. Solar power and LED lighting.
- Eco-friendly and native gardens. Naturescaping to attract birds, insects and wildlife. Low maintenance while managing suburban water runoff.
- Edible landscapes-low maintenance container gardens. Preference for natural, organic. Will be planned and implemented in neighborhoods and residential communities.
- Modes for collecting, cleaning and stopping fresh water run-off. Rain barrels, rain gardens.
- Focal points in gardens-pottery and sculptures.
- 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: