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Landscape Ideas outdoor living

Landscape Ideas

Landscape trends for your outdoor living space.

Now that the new year here and spring approaching, it’s a great time to think about sprucing up your outdoor space. If you’ve had the same landscape for years, maybe it’s time to inject some vitality into the outdoor areas where you relax, entertain and soothe your frazzled nerves.

Landscape experts have their eyes on some hot trends. Consider one — or a few — to add some pizazz to your landscape.

Edible Gardens

Separating flowers from vegetables in your garden is so yesterday. The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together. These double-duty gardens offer a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs while providing intriguing, energized beds.

The Soothing Sound Of Water

Water features are more popular than ever, from fountains to water walls to serene ponds.

The sound of water is soothing after a hectic day at work. It masks distracting sounds, like traffic in front of your house, or the neighbor kids’ water balloon battles. It attracts birds and butterflies who love to sip and splash in the water. There’s a water feature for every landscape and every budget.

Outdoor Rooms and Kitchens

Gone are the days of rickety lawn chairs on a flat concrete patio. Your outdoor space can be as comfy and welcoming as your indoor rooms. New outdoor fabrics, made from acrylic fibers for fade-resistant, waterproof wear, are available in more patterns than ever, rivaling indoor fabric choices for trend-setting beauty. Use them on comfortable outdoor furniture that mimics living room luxury.

Outdoor kitchens now offer all the handy features of indoor kitchens. And more! Sprawling stone counters as far as the eye can see, fancy mosquito-control misters, outdoor air-cooling systems and shiny appliances that make your indoor kitchen look like Barbie’s.

Add a cozy fireplace, and your outdoor living space will be the most popular space at your house.

Planting For Privacy

The outside world keeps getting busier and more hectic. All the more reason to create a private outdoor oasis at home. That means planting for privacy.

This can be as simple as a collection of container plants on the deck or a fence covered in ivy. Japanese holly or boxwood creates a nice solid hedge. Or create a natural screen with a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials.

The Well-Lit Garden

When you have a beautiful landscape, it’s tough to leave it once darkness falls. And why should you?

Customized outdoor lighting can highlight your garden, pool, walkways, outdoor basketball court, entry way and more. The right lighting not only keeps you safe from tripping on your garden path, it adds a warm, welcoming ambiance and a touch of class.

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