During January, we’re counting down the top landscaping trends for 2017. We’ll be taking an in-depth look at each of the six trends as determined by industry experts and consumer demand. While there are a variety of wide-ranging predictions, we found six trends most landscape industry experts agree upon. This week we take a look at how landscape water features are trending as focal points.
2017 Top Trend #6: Landscape Water Features as Focal PointLandscape water features have long been a popular feature in outdoor spaces. Yet historically, homeowners add this feature later or not at all. What’s changed recently is a shift toward highlighting water features as a landscape focal point right from the start. Water features balance outdoor spaces, creating an organic, aesthetic, feel to any landscape no matter the design (formal English to cottage looks). As a result, when done properly, water features create a spectacular focal point in the landscape. Water can do great things for a backyard. Whether it’s rippling in a swimming pool, bubbling in a creek, or splashing down a fountain, water features can add a luxurious look, block undesired noise, and create a tranquil ambiance for homeowners. Consequently, landscape water features not only transport you to a different place but completely improve the local environment. It provides a refuge for all of the local birds, pollinators, amphibians, dragonflies, migratory birds, and native aquatic life. As a result, they are an oasis in the middle of the urban desert for the owner and the local wildlife.
Water Works: What to ConsiderBefore adding landscape water features, homeowners should ask themselves some key questions.
- Does it blend with the scale and style of the house?
- Does it fit into the aesthetic of the neighborhood?
- What will the total cost be?
- Are there safety concerns to be addressed?
- How much work and cost will be involved in the maintenance and upkeep?
- Consume less energy.
- Use less water.
- Attract and protect key wildlife, such as butterflies and other pollinators.
Know the TrendsAn American Society of Landscape Architects Survey cited 84% of architects will use some form of water in their designs. And 86% say they will increase their use of water in the landscape. Because of its versatility, water remains extremely popular. As a result, there are infinite ways to incorporate it into your landscape. Consequently, here are 7 landscape water features predicted to be popular in 2017: NATURAL ROCK WATERFALL
- Natural Rock Waterfalls
- Free-Standing Fountains
- Outdoor Ponds
- Reflecting pools and pondless waterfalls
- Bubbling Rocks and Fountains
- Water Walls and Rills