Whether you live in a warm climate or not, refresh your pots with seasonal flowers,
winter greenery, pinecones, or even trimmings from shrubbery such as red twig dogwoods. It’s nice to have a beautiful pot of seasonal foliage on your front and back porches.
Top 10 Trends for the Green Movement
Inspiring 2016 Outdoor Designs
Native Plants: Today, homeowners are choosing plants that more easily thrive in local conditions – moving away from lush green lawns.
Drought-Tolerant Plants: Even in wetter climates, homeowners are choosing plants that require less water.
Edible Gardens: With an edible garden, a homeowner can grow more of their own food, thus requiring less use of natural resources to get those foods to market.
Fire Pits/Fireplaces: Fireplaces and fire pits are a great way to offer a gathering spot for families and friends to spend time together enjoying the outdoors.
Low-maintenance Landscapes: When homeowners want to reduce their time mowing, weeding and watering their yards, and more time enjoying them, hard-scapes provide the perfect alternative to grass lawns.
Permeable Paving: Permeable pavers offer an attractive way to reduce flooding and improve the quality of local waterways by allowing stormwater to percolate through a graduated bed of aggregates into the ground below, removing pollutants in the process.
Water-Efficient Irrigation: Multiple technologies exist that automatically sense the amount of water needed and help avoid unnecessary over-watering, thus conserving water use.
Rain Gardens: Rain gardens offer an attractive, natural way to reduce the burden on urban and suburban sewer systems caused by stormwater runoff.
Lighting: Many of today’s outdoor lighting options include energy saving features, such as solar power, low-voltage output, or timers. The light fixtures themselves often incorporate design elements intended to reduce resulting light pollution.
Rainwater/Greywater Harvesting: Many municipalities now offer rain barrel programs to conserve outdoor water use. In addition, a permeable paver system can be designed to harvest and reuse rainwater for irrigation and greywater purposes.