APPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR KITCHEN
What’s hot? What’s not?
Styles come and go. Of course this is true for fashion, but it's also true for many other aspects of our daily lives...from the food we eat (remember when Cream of Mushroom soup was in everything?) to home decor (hello, lava lamps) and the games we play (longing for Twister and marbles right about now). So it should be no surprise that outdoor living styles adjust over time, and even seasonally, as well. To help you understand what's "in" this year, the National Association of Landscape Professionals is pleased to share its predictions on the top five trends to influence landscape planning and design in 2018.
1. Experiential Landscape Design. Today’s landscapes are thoughtfully and creatively built for living, working and playing, and bring together form and function for a quality outdoor experience. More residential landscapes feature designated areas for cooking, dining, relaxing and even working outdoors, armed with fully integrated outdoor lighting and audio/visual systems for a multisensory and multiuse experience, day or night. Office landscapes more frequently include walking and bicycle paths, dining areas or gardens to enhance the employees’ experience. For both residential and commercial landscapes, the experience often begins at the entrance, with beautiful lawns, plantings and design elements that make a welcoming or wowing first impression. Photo courtesy of Lawns of Dallas
2. Climate Cognizant Landscaping. Unpredictable weather patterns call for landscape enhancements that withstand extreme conditions and allow spaces to be enjoyed on unseasonably cool or warm days. More landscapes are planned with the unexpected in mind, such as pergolas with retractable canopies that can protect outdoor areas in wind, rain and snow; outdoor heaters for patios on chillier nights; and hardier hardscape materials that can handle drastic temperature fluctuations. Photo courtesy of Designs by Sundown
3. Emphasis on Water Management and Conservation. A buzzword for years, sustainability in landscaping is more than a trend, it influences how landscapes are created and maintained now and in the years to come. In particular, the integration of eco-friendly watering practices are expected to continue to take off in 2018, including the use of plants native to a region (which generally use less water), xeriscaping (planning a landscape to use low-water use plants), and smarter irrigation technology. Photo courtesy of Phil Allen, Brigham Young University
4. Enhanced Equipment and Technology. The latest yard tools on the market consider ease of use and storage while incorporating more eco-friendly innovations. Many lawn mowers, leaf blowers and similar equipment feature low or no emissions, are battery-powered, and are quieter. Many lawn and garden tools are also designed to stack or fold to fit in the garage or shed. Professionals are also integrating more technology — mobile apps, 3D modeling and drones — into landscape planning. Photo courtesy of R.P. Marzilli and Company
5. Plants in Playful Colors and Patterns. While the simple elegance of greenery was all the rage last year, 2018 will see a renewed interest in adding pops of color and whimsy to landscapes. With ultra violet named the Color of the Year by Pantone, a leading provider of color systems and an influencer on interior and exterior design, landscape professionals expect to integrate more violets, verbena, clematis, iris and other purple flowers into landscapes. “Patterned” plants are also getting their time in the garden spotlight, as these unique plants are revered for their intricate details, such as striped leaves or brightly colored veins. Photo courtesy of Woodlawns Landscape Company