With 2014 firmly in the rear-view mirror, Engledow Group thought it would be a great chance to talk about the upcoming trends in gardening and landscaping for 2015. Although Central Indiana, at the moment, is a bit too cold for either of these activities, it is never too early to start planning for the warmer months.
Gardening for Your Health
In years gone by, gardening was done in order to make your property look good. This idea, however, has shifted in recent years towards a focus towards gardens and landscapes as a means of nourishment for mind, body, and environment. By growing their own food, people are taking control over what goes into their bodies and saving money in the process. Planting trees helps to filter out pollutants in their neighborhoods. Working outside in the garden has been shown to increase mental health and is a great way to shake off months of cabin fever acquired during the winter. Engledow Group sees this trend continuing in 2015 and long into the future as more people start developing a holistic approach to everything they do, including gardening and landscaping.
Outdoor Entertainment Areas
Outdoor entertainment areas will grow into a 7 billion dollar industry in 2015, up 4% from 2014. The reasons for this trend are numerous. Experts expect the average home size to decrease in the next decade, making outdoor entertainment areas a must have for those who entertain at their homes. Another reason is a population shift from colder climates to warmer climates. Living in a warmer climate gives you the ability to utilize your outdoor space for more time during the year. Lastly, a shift in attitudes towards outdoor entertainment areas has increased their popularity. In a recent survey, 85% of Millennials said that outdoor entertainment areas were “Important” or “Very Important”. As Millennials age and become homeowners, the popularity of outdoor entertainment areas will only increase in popularity. Popular elements of outdoor entertainment areas include outdoor kitchens, fire pits, lighting, and televisions.
Compact Plants and Planters
A lot of people love to garden but don’t have the space needed for a large, sprawling garden. Instead, they utilize the space they do have and plant small, compact vegetation. This is often the case in urban areas and those people that live in apartments. By utilizing window planters and outdoor decks, they work with the space they have to add a touch of green to their environment. These compact planters are also perfect when it is time to relocate from one place to another. This allows the younger, “always-in-motion” generation to take their plants with them wherever they go. As this demographic of the population grows, look for this trend to continue well into the future.
Creating an unstyled, or “natural”, landscape means working within the confines of the natural landscape. This landscape style is in sharp contrast to the old school, manicured style that was popular for generations. The natural landscaping style utilizes native plants, reduces water use, increases plant diversity, and attracts wildlife. This landscape also requires less fertilizer, making it more earth friendly. This style of landscaping has become very popular at historical sites and other locations that wish to utilize native plants.
These are the top four landscaping and gardening trends as we start off 2015. If you have any questions regarding these trends, or have any questions about your landscape this upcoming year, please fill out the form below or call (317) 575-1100.