All the dirt on 2018 landscaping trends.

Rosemary, thyme, and mint from a garden laying on cutting boardEvery new year brings lots of new landscaping trends, and 2018 is no exception. We’re pretty intrigued about some of the emerging trends we’ve seen—and we think many of these creative ideas are here to stay. Here are some of the ones we’re most excited about for 2018:

Imperfect design. While many people like perfectly trimmed hedges and expertly manicured flowers and shrubs, an emphasis on nature’s imperfections is expected to be big this year. Wild, natural flower gardens are becoming more typical for suburban homes—and while this approach means little or no pruning, it still emphasizes caring for the health and well-being of the garden. Another trend in imperfect design is using asymmetrical ground cover such as prairie grass in the front yard instead of turf.

Healthy vegetables and medicinal plants. Millennials have a well-known penchant for organic, homegrown food. As this generation continues to gain income and purchase homes, we expect to see more functional vegetable gardens that grow nutritious foods like tomatoes, green peppers, and carrots. We also know that anxiety is one of the biggest health concerns for Millennials. Since many aromatic plants like lavender and jasmine are known to have health benefits such as reducing anxiety, we expect to see higher demand for them this year.

Climate adaptation. 16 out of the last 17 years have been the hottest in recorded history, causing extreme fluctuations in weather patterns. This is forcing gardeners to think about new ways to keep plants thriving. A few options we plan to see in 2018 include:

  • Rain gardens that incorporate plants like ferns that can handle high volumes of water.
  • Cold-resistant gardens that use plants typically suited for unseasonably cold weather, such as fir trees.
  • Dry gardens made of plants that tolerate drought conditions, including irises.
  • High-wind gardens that use plants like tall grasses with flexible stems, making them less susceptible to wind damage.

Craftsmanship. We expect handmade, one-of-a-kind hardscaping features to be popular in 2018, as people seem to be getting tired of mass-produced products. Many of these types of features are meant to look weathered—even ancient in some cases. We expect the emphasis on premium craftsmanship to go hand in hand with 2018’s imperfect design trend as well.

International influence. Long-distance travel has never been cheaper or easier. An increase in casual travel will result in more international gardening influences being imported into the United States. This has the potential for lots of fun and beautiful possibilities, including Japanese-inspired bamboo gardens and British-inspired cottage gardens.

At Engledow, we’re embracing new landscaping trends in 2018—and if you’re interested in seeing how some of these trends might work for your property, we’d love to show you. Contact us today to learn more.

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