Each year we see different trends increasing in popularity due to environmental changes, customer demands and social-economic constraints. It is important to stay up to date with the different ways in which you as a landscape designer can assist your clients in creating not only the landscape that they want, but a landscape that is easy to maintain, budget friendly and light on environmental resource drainage.
Below you will see that we have listed three landscape design trends that tick some important boxes for 2019!
A common theme among customers, regardless of age, is the fact that a majority do not have the time to properly care for their landscapes.
This results in them either requesting a more low-maintenance design or hiring professionals to do the work for them.
Some would rather have a customised landscape programme with them handling the mowing but leaving the pruning, mulching and garden care and such for the professional landscapers.
While lower maintenance gardens can reduce the cost to maintain, it’s important to stress to customers this doesn’t mean there will be no maintenance.
“Many large commercial and residential customers are thinking to divert their standard landscape into another direction: low maintenance landscapes with drought-tolerant and native plants, which require less maintenance and less water in the long term,” says William Cruz, senior branch manager for Gachina Landscape Management,.
“Our role is to educate the customers about the levels of maintenance, regardless of the type of landscape they want to install.”
A particular type of landscape that is predicted to continue to be requested are pollinator gardens, as more homeowners become aware of the peril that a number of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, face.
“Not only are the younger clients interested in being more conscientious of pollinators, but many people in the older generation feel the need to be responsible for creating ecosystems in their backyard and communities,” Williams says.
More clients are interested in creating pollinator habitats within their landscape whether it be for butterflies, bees or just a general wildlife habitat.
Another look that is anticipated to be popular throughout 2019 is asymmetrical design. Asymmetry tends to have a more natural feel to it and can work for spaces that are less structured.
“Asymmetrical is less formal and casual and gives the impression that it is easier to maintain,” Williams says.
“A more symmetrical design suggests that the landscape is more complicated to maintain. Not true! That being said, a lot of newer homes are being designed to be less symmetrical – farmhouse style is very popular now. I think the asymmetrical design compliments the newer housing design styles. A farmhouse style is generally a looser design.”
Asymmetrical landscapes don’t mean you can’t have any symmetry but rather that it is less obvious and predictable.
“You can create a more interesting landscape by choosing a design that uses asymmetrical balance and combines elements of varying weights,” Cruz says. “Particularly, new generations of homeowners and commercial landscape managers like the non-traditional landscape and prefer the diversity of plants. We, the professional landscapers, need to make sure that those asymmetrical designs and groups of plants are installed with specific irrigation root zone (all the plants in a group, i.e. lantana, manzanita, oleanders) and have almost the same lower rate of water needs. As an example, do not plant Redwood trees in this root zone area because they require a high rate of root zone irrigation.”
What other trends have you seen picking up in 2019? Are there any pros and cons that you think clients should be aware of? Let us know your thoughts.