According to Lawn And Lanscape magazine and Garden Media, people are socializing more, especially outdoors.With garden parties, barbecues, brewing events, even drive-in theater themed parties for the children (don’t believe us? Check Pinterest!) outdoor spaces in 2014 will be all about one thing: balance between your private urban oasis and your outdoor socializing space.
And spending time outdoors is on the rise, with a yearly increase of 3.5% on the Landscaping market, which should reach the $220 billion by 2016. Reconnecting with nature while enjoying the comforts of home seems to be the way to go in the foreseeable future; here are a few tips to get you started in 2014!
1. The outdoors are an extension of indoor living
Make the most of your space by enhancing it with your personal touch
- Add splashes of color with cushions, cozy lighting with candles and lanterns, spruce up your planters to match the rest of your yard;
- Split up the area in various spaces; relaxing hammocks, a patio table, outdoor sofas and seats all add a luxurious touch to your back-yard;
- Accent the area with lighting for night-time entertainment (make the most out of those balmy summer nights, and get visually stunning effects in the winter-time).
2. Simplicity is key
Go for elegance and simplicity with a timeless look; think monochrome palette in whites, greys or beiges with muted accents, streamlined curves and few, well-chosen plants.
3. Go heritage, go local
Surround yourself with native plants and flowers; not only will they thrive better in the climate with less maintenance, but you’ll have a patch of heritage right outside your front door. Interspersing a few exotic plants among the local ones will create a lovely marriage of cultures.
4. Get creative
Gone are the days where you had to choose between circular or rectangular shapes when it came to your dream yard. Let loose your wild side with pools of all shapes and sizes!
5. My sweet honey bee
While you don’t necessarily need to follow the Fairmont Urban Beekeeping Endeavour and put a beehive in your back yard, having plants whose pollen attracts bees is a fantastic way to make sure both your yard and the ecosystem get in full bloom. At the very least, try to make sure you use pesticides that are bee-safe.
6. Father’s Territory
Source: Lawn and Landscape Magazine
That said, these fathers are looking for child-safe yards where their children can learn, play and grow -and Dad can go relax as well!
7. Giving trees
Trees do so much to help your property value; they cast shade on your house and garden in the summertime, reduce stress and clean the air. Plan your garden around existing trees or add new ones to your garden in strategic areas.
Source: Katrina Mayer