NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

NEW HOUSING TRENDS 2015: Versatile Gardens

By Charles Richardson

Home gardens are continuing to be a popular trend in 2015. Over the past few years, homeowners have begun placing more emphasis on the outdoor living experience, utilizing decks, porches, patios, mini courtyards, terraces, verandas, and more. As part of this mass pilgrimage to the back yard, gardens have begun receiving extra attention from families, couples, and individuals of every age. “The garden has become a place for people to reconnect with nature,” says Chuck Tripp, of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “They serve as a retreat from the stress and frenzy of everyday life.”

It’s all about variety

Gardens are a way for homeowners to not only enliven and beautify their back yard, but also to become a means for self expression and creativity. According to the Garden Media Group:

“People are estimated to spend $7 billion on outdoor décor in 2015. They will use their outdoor spaces as an extension of their homes to entertain.”

Gardens are becoming a key component, or backdrop, to this outdoor living experience, serving as an extension of one’s interests, tastes, and personal style. The operative word here is versatility. Anything goes. People are embracing the freedom to get creative and try new arrangements—to mix-and-match floral and vegetable combinations depending upon climate and geographic location, as well as personal preference, of course.

 

Popular gardening trends for 2015

Blended Gardens
Blended Gardens: Mixing edibles and ornamentals

Photo: Jennifer Brown
via FineGardening.com

Variety is good. Mixing together seemingly disparate garden elements has become quite the rage. People are now incorporating edibles and ornamentals together in a festive carousel of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

 

Color Explosion
Color Explosion - Create a welcoming space for birds to inhabit. Better Homes and Gardens

By Tovah Martin
via Better Homes and Gardens

Just as bold colors are becoming fashionable inside the home, so are gardens being adorned with brightly colored hues that seem to leap from the ground. Vibrant blooms add pop and flair, bringing a garden to life visually.

 

Portable Containers
Portable Containers: Radio Flyer Wagon Garden

By Stephanie Hall
via MidwestLiving.com

Container gardens are popular for their convenience and versatility. Depending on the season and the proportion of shade to direct sunlight, container plants and flowers —either hanging or potted—can be moved about to create new combinations and visual themes.

 

Natural Landscapes

Utilizing indigenous plants, flowers, and shrubs is very much in vogue for 2015. They help create a sense of place and authenticity that is in harmony with one’s geographic locale. Such gardens tend to look “less fussed over” and more wild, as if sculpted by Mother Nature.

 

Edible Gardens

This is more than a trend, this is a pragmatic way to approach a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with the land. According to the National Gardening Association, an astonishing one-in-three households are sowing and reaping their own produce. In addition to ensuring pesticide-free vegetables and herbs, it is also economically efficient “to grow one’s own” rather than visit the local grocery store.

To learn more about the many home designs available designed around rear views and outdoor living, visit dongardner.com or call one of our professional DAG representatives for a free, customized plan search: 800.388.7580.

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