With more and more of us spending time at home (and in our gardens) as the pandemic continues, you may be looking for a few ideas on how to spruce up your garden with some effective landscape design techniques. Here are some key landscape design trends to look out for in 2022.
A seamless work-life balance
Working from home has become a common practice for employees across the globe, and smart landscape design which incorporates spaces to sit outdoors provide a refreshing change of scenery for those working indoors on computers and other devices. This type of landscaping could include furniture with shade sails (to allow people to transition from indoors to outdoors seamlessly) or landscape architecture like garden buildings that could be built from scratch or converted out of existing structures like sheds.
Vertical gardens and plant layering
No matter how big or small your garden space is, utilising vertical gardening techniques within your landscape design is a fantastic way to maximise space and create an aesthetically pleasing area to unwind in. It’s also a great way to add a diverse variety of plants to your garden without compromising your existing garden space or property too much. Vertical gardens are low-maintenance and an easy DIY project to put together yourself.
Eco-friendly gardening practices
It’s no surprise that many people across the world felt compelled to take stock of their physical health during the pandemic. A flow-on effect of this is the quality of the air we breathe, and the environmental impacts we may be making. Within an eco-friendly landscape design plan, you could utilise organic seed plantings, focus on plants that are native to your garden’s ecosystem, monitor and, where possible, lower your water usage on your garden, and use non-toxic products to support the health and growth of your garden.
Focus on outdoor entertainment spaces
Given outdoor social gatherings have provided a somewhat ‘safe’ environment to interact with others during certain periods of the pandemic, investments in landscape architecture to host outdoor gatherings are on a steady rise. Outdoor kitchens, bar areas and seating areas are practical and somewhat affordable pieces that can create inviting outdoor entertainment spaces.
Western Australia’s harsh summer climates mean that some higher-maintenance plants need a lot of attention and water to survive. Plants that are deemed more water-efficient, including succulents, can be seamlessly integrated into your landscape design plan, and make your garden watering schedule a lot less frequent. Succulents come in a range of different colours, sizes and shapes, so they are also a simple way to inject a fair bit of variety into your landscape design overall.