Not only in Oklahoma, but nationwide, autumn seems to be the perfect season for landscape projects. Recently, The National Association of Landscape Professionals announced their list of the most popular landscape trends for fall 2017.
“The outdoor entertaining trend has been gaining momentum over the past several years, and this year has seen a further desire to bring the indoors out,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs at NALP. “In particular, the warmer fall months will lend themselves to increased attention on outdoor spaces, as homeowners look to extend the summer outdoor entertaining season and adapt their landscapes for enjoyment throughout the year."
1 TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED FIRE FEATURES
Modern fire features are a top homeowner request for the NALP all year-round, but particularly in the fall. "In keeping with the home automation trend sweeping the nation, today’s fire features offer advanced technological capabilities, with the ability to be programmed to turn on or off at particular times or to be controlled from the indoors or with a smartphone," a NALP representative said in a statement.
2 A MODERN TAKE ON CLASSIC FALL PLANTS
"Several classic plantings are now engineered to be more hardy and longer-lasting," the NALP representative said. "This season, expect to see the classics married with modern-day style, with plants arranged in contemporary groupings, and landscape designs reflecting clean lines and simple sophistication."
3 LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
"Proper landscape lighting is especially important during the shorter fall and winter days, ensuring outdoor play areas are well-lit and walkways are easily accessible through the evening and nighttime hours," they said.
4 LOW-MAINTENANCE, NATURAL-LOOKING MATERIALS
For example, if you love the look of grass but don't have the time or patience to maintain it, artificial grass may be just the trick to let you enjoy the look of nature without having to deal with the upkeep. Don't even like grass, choose crushed granite, pebbbles, sand or low-water plants.
"During the fall and winter months, 'interiorscapes', or indoor landscapes, will become more prevalent as homeowners seek to bring the outdoors in," they said.
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