Green thumbs all round - Home landscaping trends in 201522 May 2015
Building a sustainable, low-maintenance garden is top of the agenda in 2015 for our US counterparts. Results from the annual American based Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey show that water-efficient irrigation and rainwater harvesting is a high priority for customers who are looking to do their bit for the environment in their own backyard.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conducted the recent survey, asking 581 landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements.
The survey found respondents expected the greatest demand to be for ecologically sensitive projects which were intended to preserve the environment, conserve water and reduce landscape maintenance. Results also revealed the most in-demand sustainable design elements as the ones that helped homeowners reduce their environmental footprint. These included native/adapted drought-tolerant irrigation (74%) as well as rainwater harvesting (71%).
Interestingly, the results also showed that one of the most popular outdoor design trends is lighting (72%), which featured as a strong key theme alongside low maintenance, water-efficient landscaping elements.
“Consumers care about designed landscapes that are attractive, easy to take care of and eco-friendly,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASLA. “The survey shows that homeowners increasingly see opportunities to improve the environment right in their own backyard.”
So if there’s one thing we can take away from this, it’s that efficient irrigation and rainwater harvesting are still hot, and the faux-Tuscan garden style from the 90s is still not!