Start the new year by making a ‘landscape resolution’. Garden resolutions encourage beauty, good health and wellness, and better nutrition. They help us to branch outside of traditional landscaping ideas to try something new and different; something to better suit our current lifestyle.
Get inspired for the year ahead with these on-trend ideas for 2023:
- Personalize your outdoor space so that spending time in it relieves stress and feels good. This can be as little as a front entry refresh or as big as an outdoor kitchen.
- Add bold materials and playful décor. Outdoor Craftsmen has numerous ideas for adding large boulders and rocks and interesting trees and shrubs to the landscape.
- More is more! Abundance is a trend that makes your garden look a bit wild but is in fact more productive and grounded in the earth. An abundant garden often mixes edible plants in with existing perennials. This creates a gorgeous Garden of Eden look.
- Many homeowners are opting to renovate their outdoor environments to make smarter use of front entries, side yards, pool and patio areas, and outdoor kitchens and fire features. Plunge pool anyone?
- Nostalgia is back. Plants like prolific roses, hydrangea, and hollyhock will factor into many a landscape design. The look is casual but not chaotic, and homeowners respond well to the pretty colors, scents, and blooms.
- Trade in your turf. Go natural with your ‘lawn’ plantings by using water-efficient and low-maintenance plantings such as natural grasses and low growing plants like native creeping thyme. In a drought-ridden area such as ours it makes sense to proactively design for climate change.
- Conversation areas with built in benches or extra comfy furniture bring a cozy, unfussy look to any landscape, and are a fabulous way of dealing with oddly sized or troublesome spaces in the outdoor environment.
- Refined Relaxation. Mimic that wonderful feeling of being on vacation in your own landscape. Invest in fresh furnishings, pizza oven, water feature, or firepit to create a quiet, calming space.