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Hot Backyard Design Trends

TOP Five Backyard Design Trends

This years hottest trends in outdoor living and landscaping continue to push the boundaries, creating more complete outdoor living spaces. Technology and horticulture have merged to create smarter, and more efficient use of our most undervalued real estate, our backyard.  We’ve counted the top 5 trends from this year that we expect to continue to be the hottest trends in outdoor living in 2017.

5. Drought Tolerant Solutions

This past year will be remembered as one of the driest years on record.  Drought tolerant and native trees and plants can drastically reduce your maintenance and the watering needs of your garden. Growing traditional lawns in hot sun, or cool shade can be difficult, and Homeowners are turning their attention towards alternatives such as ornamental grasses, synthetic lawns and ground covers. Effective water management and grading will be a key feature of your landscaping project, as drought can often be superseded by flooding in urban settings.

4. Pastels are back

Pastel colours have made a comeback both inside and outside the home as Rose Quartz and Serenity were named the Pantone duo of the year. Find your groove with a range of pastels such as soft pinks and blues to give your garden the Monet touch offering an enhanced tranquil setting for our jet set lives.

3. Less fences, more green walls

Good fences make great neighbours, and green walls have more impact than a traditional wood fence.  Tall columnar deciduous trees planted as hedging have been a green wall staple in Europe for centuries. More complicated, but definitely worth the investment is an actual living wall system. Talk to your Landscape Designer about the vast number of alternatives to wood fences and traditional cedar hedging to get you the privacy and security you need. 

2. Expanding the seasons

Without a doubt, Homeowners are looking to create a vacation experience in their own backyard. This can include building a separate pavilion or Muskoka room to enjoy more of the seasons with added comfort, or you may opt to retrofit your existing garage into a functional, outdoor living space with added storage.  With TV’s, Outdoor Kitchens and Heating, the possibilities are endless and may just be the ticket to expand your much needed square footage into the ‘man-cave’, ‘she-shed’ or ‘tween retreat’ you’ve always wanted.

1. Urban Farming

With young children underfoot, I understand the desire of urban dwellers who wish to involve and inspire their young ones into growing their own food and gain a better understanding of the life cycles of nature.  Technology and advances in horticulture have made it possible to grow more compact varieties of many of our favourite vegetables and fruits in containers. Healthy rich soil is important and watering is your best friend. Investing in a time-saving, drip irrigation system will make all the difference to your yield.

Blog post written by:

Jennifer Hayman

Jennifer Hayman Design Group


About Jennifer

Jennifer Hayman is an award-winning landscape designer who has designed gardens both locally and abroad.  Jennifer specializes in creating custom residential gardens that offer timeless yet contemporary vision to the outdoor living space. Her design/build company has over 45 years experience building a solid reputation for strong design solutions and outstanding customer service.

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 5/25/2017 2:06:51 PM