Top Trends In Garden Design for 2017

We are in the second month of 2017 and looking forward to the coming year and discovering key trends in new home design. Some noteworthy ideas shaping landscaping new homes in 2017 are already in place and will most likely continue to develop, while others are still in the early stages of recognition and adoption. Garden Design Magazine recently conducted a survey with designers and retailers across the country and published an article written by Pam Penick that highlighted the biggest trends anticipated for 2017.


Here are 10 trends from the survey that are predicted for 2017:

  1. Natural Materials. More authentic, real and organic gardens and yards. There is a renewed interest in natural materials and less geometric style. Materials such as railway ties, free-form decks, smaller outdoor furniture, and swing seating.
  2. Color Blocking. Use of discrete blocks of colors—framing or highlighting a specific plant or area.
  3. Hyperlocalism. An interest in native and endemic plants—those native to a particular ecosystem. Even building materials are being sourced hyperlocally.
  4. Lawn reimagined. The manicured lawn is on its way out, due in part to drought, water shortages and concerns about the impact of fertilizing and pest-control treatments. Alternatives such as grass mixes (that don’t have to be mowed), taller, prairie-type mixes and faux grass.
  5. Natural Dye Gardens. Plants used to make dyes for coloring textiles, yarn and clothing. It includes vegetables, fruit trees and pollinator-attracting flowers.
  6. Old and New Mash-Up. Mixing old and new, a trend in interior and architecture is about to arrive in gardens.
  7. Active Play Spaces for All Ages. Play, entertaining and relaxing spaces—from Bocce courts, dog and pet spaces, dining areas, fireplaces, and hammocks.
  8. Dwarf Shrubs. Yards are being reduced as homes grow larger. With less space for plants, people are requesting gardens that require little day-to-day maintenance. Dwarf shrubs, even evergreen shrubs are creative solutions—plants that are the appropriate scale for the garden.
  9. Haute Houseplants. Rooms lush with potted greenery are making a comeback—bringing inside the home. The pots and the plants become a significant contribution to the home aesthetic.
  10. Sustainability Tech. Technology is making it easier than ever to control the water delivered to plants. Controllers can be programmed and monitored form your phone. Advanced systems that can give you the specific amount of water where it’s needed—specific plants can be watered more or less, depending on needs.