One of the main differences of homeowners today versus 40 or 50 years ago is a distinct emphasis on outdoor living spaces. This trend actually hearkens back to the 17th and 18th Centuries, when large estate owners in Europe went to great lengths to cultivate manicured gardens, meticulously cropped lawns, and tranquil nature pools. Although less palatial and grand than storied aristocratic estates, homes today in the United States have witnessed a resurgence in landscape design that features mixed gardens, pronounced water features, privacy areas, outdoor living space, and more.
It’s all about variety. Anything goes. Blended gardens are “in” and that means it’s perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to incorporate edibles and ornamentals together in one happy, inclusive garden space. That means growing tomatoes and impatiens together, along with virtually any combination of fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and shrubs. One’s garden is bound only by one’s imagination.
Outdoor Living Spaces:
It has become increasingly more desirable to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living experiences, especially in mild, year-round climates. Homeowners have access to advanced fabrics and acrylic materials that are both comfortable and durable. Outdoor grills, stoves, sinks, and cooking stations are also quite popular, taking the kitchen and dining experience outside.
There’s something soothing and refreshing about incorporating natural, self-contained water systems into one’s outdoor lawn and garden area. Small ponds, still pools, and flowing water features are more popular than ever. And contrary to popular belief, there are a range of affordable options to fit within any budget.
Aside from their obvious aesthetic and visceral appeal, gardens can serve the added bonus of providing a natural barrier to the stress and frenzy of the outside world. With a little imagination and ingenuity, one can incorporate flowers, shrubs, container plants, ivy-laced fences, ornate lattice work, and more, to create a personal sanctuary that fends off the encroachment of urban bustle.
To learn more about the many choices available for outdoor living space home designs, visit dongardner.com or call one of our professional DAG representatives for a free, customized plan search: 800.388.7580.