Landscaping should be part of your living space. The days of the landscaping just being some rocks and shrubs in your front yard are gone. Now, we see homeowners crafting their landscape to reflect their lifestyle, making it a true extension of their living space.
When you design your landscaping to reflect your lifestyle, it means that you take a look at your visions for your outdoor space and how you live your life. You might love to grow vegetables and herbs, or you want to host backyard cookouts for your friends and family. Other homeowners might need a space to unwind from the day or have an area for their children to enjoy and play.
No matter your lifestyle, we have a landscaping trend for you. Let’s take a look.
5 Landscaping Designs for Your Lifestyle
1. Edible Landscaping
Are you a gardener? Edible landscaping mixes the best of both worlds for homeowners. When you incorporate edible landscaping, you make your vegetable plants and herbs part of your landscaping design. With the addition of native grasses, flowers, and small shrubs, you intermix edibles to create a unique design.
Edibles are often overlooked as a landscaping choice simply because they’re edible. That has nothing to do with their beauty!
Herbs and flowers look delightful together. Tomatoes and pepper plants work well next to tall, native grasses. Instead of placing a sprawling ground cover, plant mint, which is known for its invasive nature. Then, you can use the mint in glasses of iced tea. Yum!
2. Outdoor Kitchens for Parties
Another popular landscaping trend is adding outdoor kitchens for party-goers. If you love to host your friends and family for parties, you need an outdoor kitchen where you can cook burgers and chickens while being part of the party.
Outdoor kitchens are a pricey upgrade that increases the aesthetics of your property. You can incorporate refrigerators, bars, and a counter for bar stools. While it can be daunting to add an outdoor kitchen due to the cost but remember this is considered quite an upgrade. It will increase the value fo your home.
If you want a space which works for hosting parties, you can add other landscaping features. Line the paths with lights, and use a fire feature as a place to host your friends. Make sure to increase plenty of chairs or couches. If you host a party of 10 people, you want to have plenty of places for everyone to sit.
3. Inviting Animals to Your Yard
Do you like to sit outside and watch the animals in your backyard? Birdwatching is a popular hobby that even kids can enjoy. It’s a great hobby for someone who has a relaxed personality with interest in wildlife around your home. You can find many ways to invite animals to your property.
- Add plenty of birdhouses and bird baths to your property to invite local birds and other wildlife. Squirrels and chipmunks tend to flock near areas with ample birds.
- Put out butterfly baths and plenty of plants that attract them, such as butterfly weed and bee balm.
- Add shrubs and bushes that can be homes to small bunnies and other local animals.
- Use water features in your yard that will encourage animals to visit. Toads and frogs might find the water to call home, or you might even find deer drinking out of the pond.
4. A Space to Relax
When you think of your landscaping, do you imagine a place to go and zone out after a long day? A landscaping trend is that homeowners create a “staycation” zone. You’re going to feel like you’re relaxing on vacation each time you go in your backyard.
Imagine a hammock strung between two trees with multiple pillows. Lights stringing from tree to tree, creating a romantic atmosphere in the evening. Add speakers to the outside of your home, so you can stream your favorite music while outside.
Fire features are popular for relaxation spaces. Sitting next to a fire with a glass of wine and a book screams relaxed and content. Add plenty of sitting areas for you to relax, such as swings and couches.
5. An Adventure Zone for Kids
For families with kids, you need a space that your kids can go outside and have fun. You can find so many unique ideas. Instead of having a typical trampoline, you can attach pillows and a padded surround for kids and adults to enjoy as a lounging area.
Make a stone path that doubles as a hopscotch path. Design a giant sandbox integrated into the landscaping. Surround the sandbox with tall, native grasses and flowers. Place a playhouse in a corner, surrounded by bushes and trees. Your kids can head to their playhouse for a secret adventure or make-believe land.
When you design your landscape with your children in mind, remember that you can work them together. Use versatile pieces that can work for multiple functions. Add plants around the structures.
Landscaping Should Reflect You
Why spend money on landscaping if it doesn’t reflect who you are or who your family is? Landscaping can be versatile, increasing the aesthetics of your home while also increasing your joy. You should be able to walk outside of your home and enjoy right where you are.