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5 Important Trends In Modern Landscaping You Should Know

by Dan Mckinney

If you're like most modern homeowners, you want your outdoor living space to be comfortable, inviting, and meet the needs of every member of your family. Fortunately, today's landscaping trends reflect the needs and preferences of busy homeowners such as yourself. Following are five important modern landscaping trends that you need to know about:

Drought Tolerance

Drought tolerant landscaping is not only ecologically smart, it will save you money on utility costs. Many strategies are available to homeowners who want to create a drought resistant landscape, from choosing lawn grass that requires a minimal amount of water to selecting water features such as fountains and pools that use a water recycling system. Smart irrigation systems can also be put in place to minimize water usage.

Low Maintenance 

The days of spending all your time on weekends maintaining a lawn and garden are over -- today's homeowners want a combination of good looks and easy-care landscaping so they can enjoy their time off. Rock gardens, playground mulch, and other alternatives to labor-intensive lawn grass are increasingly seen in family home outdoor living spaces. If it's important to you to have a traditional lawn, ask your landscape design company about low maintenance turf grasses

Native Plantings

Ask your local landscape companies about incorporating native plants into your yard and garden area. Because these are biologically acclimated to your local growing conditions, they'll thrive without extra watering or the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Wildlife Friendly

Wildlife friendly outdoor spaces have become increasingly popular with homeowners since the plight of certain endangered species became common knowledge. Create a sanctuary for birds and butterflies helps keep pollinator levels healthy. Bottle brush, bee balm, butterfly bush, all types of asters, sunflowers, and goldenrod are just a few of the flowering plants that will attract both birds and butterflies. Your local contractor will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of bird-and-butterfly friendly plants that perform well in your particular area. 

Garden Rooms

Traditional patios and decks have evolved into entire outdoor rooms complete with dining areas and fully fledged kitchens. These are great for relaxing with the family or for entertaining friends. Retractable covers provide shelter from the hot sun as well as sudden rain showers. You can have heaters installed for use during the cold season or depend on an outdoor fireplace. 

Your local landscaping company will be able to provide you with more ideas current landscaping trends.