The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has identified several sustainable trends for home landscapes in 2017.
“Savvy homeowners are seeking smart landscape solutions, which means we’re finding new ways to adapt to environmental elements, making continued advances in technology and taking outdoor living to the next level,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs, NALP. “At the same time, a return to simple plantings reflects that although innovation in landscaping continues to accelerate, savoring the effortless beauty of the outdoors remains a top priority.”
Four out of the seven trends identified relate to landscape functionality.
Hygge (and gezelligheid). Homeowners increasingly seek to create holistic landscapes that promote well-being. The Europeans are ahead of us on this one. Danes refer to “hygge,” while the Dutch refer to “gezelligheid.” The concepts being conveyed are similar: Creating a cozy space and atmosphere to enjoy simple pleasures, such as connecting to one another through relaxed conversation. Ways to create the atmosphere in the landscape would be to arrange seating for close-knit conversation, planting aromatic flowers and adding subtle water features to encourage mindfulness.
Prioritizing pollinators. Increased attention on the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem has inspired homeowners to develop gardens that specifically attract vital honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies. No longer a specialty subset of gardens, more homeowners are asking landscape professionals how to select native plantings that are abundant, year-round nectar sources throughout their yards and the best ways to maintain these natural havens.
“Smart” lawns. Selecting grass varieties that withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically pleasing, healthy lawn. The right, drought-tolerant grass selections, combined with smart irrigation technology, helps homeowners that chose lawns to conserve water.
Green roofs. Across the U.S., green roofs are appearing atop city buildings, creating aesthecially pleasing views from adjacent, taller buildings while providing wildlife habitat and stormwater control. Now, we’re seeing green roofs and living gardens in unexpected settings, such as ballpark restaurants or even double-decker buses. Homeowners are thinking above the ground level when it comes to their landscapes, too.
NALP represents an industry that employs nearly 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals who create and maintain healthy green spaces for the benefit of society and the environment.
—The NALP press release listing all seven trends.
February 1, 2017 NewTerrain