Sustainable, tech-friendly residential landscapes are in high demand, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ annual survey “Residential Landscape Architecture Trends” conducted in February.
For the first time, wireless/internet connectivity entered the top 10, suggesting that people want a backyard that allows them to enjoy both nature and connectivity. The survey asked landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2017.
“Well-designed residential landscapes provide social interaction, enjoyment of nature, and physical activity, while also reducing water use and stormwater runoff,” said Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.
ASLA’s Top 10 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends
- Native/adapted drought tolerant plants – 82%
- Native plants – 81%
- Low-maintenance landscapes – 79%
- Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.) – 76%
- Permeable paving – 76%
- Reduced lawn area – 72%
- Fire pits/fireplaces – 71%
- Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 71%
- Wireless/internet connectivity – 70%
- Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 70%
From an ASLA press release.
NewTerrain March 15, 2017