We are blessed to live in such close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But with this blessing comes great responsibility. The residents and businesses of the Grand Strand area owe this blessing and responsibility to this pristine location to maintain beautiful, aesthetically appealing landscapes. And that we do.
If there is one thing we’ve seen over the past year, North Carolinians now view their backyards as an extension of their indoor space. Being locked down and stuck inside made us all think outside of the box, and in doing so, we have marvelously come up with a few spectacular landscaping trends. Unsure what these steamy new trends are? Don’t worry. We are going to break them down for you as we dive into the five hottest landscaping trends to hit our nation between 2020 and 2021.
Taking the Inside Outside
I don’t know about you, but I certainly couldn’t stand being cooped up inside during the COVID pandemic any longer. As we all learned to adapt to social distancing, we started to expand on our living space taking it outside. Many homeowners in North Carolina began adding on outside living rooms and kitchens, installing overhead awnings, closed-in patios, screened-in porches, and pergolas. Along with this, the addition of upgrading outdoor furniture into comfy chairs, couches, and loungers has helped create the perfect extended getaway. With this hot landscaping trend, you can relax at the end of the day without having to leave your own home. It almost makes us want to social distance forever, almost.
Gardening, everyone is doing it—even those of us without a green thumb. Listed as one of the top new hobbies picked up during the pandemic, over 20 million new gardeners joined this hobby in 2020. Bold, bright, tropical plants are making a statement here in North Carolina, while in other parts of the country, easy-to-grow flowers are swinging hard, including sunflowers, marigolds, impatiens, and snapdragons.
Carolinians also realized that you don’t have to have a ton of space to grow a garden. Small yards and even apartments and condos are hopping aboard this train. Using a process called vertical gardening, one can grow plants on a vertically suspended panel using hydroponics. It can be freestanding or attached to a wall. You can grow plants and flowers to add a dash of color to your property or use it to grow vegetables.
Also, along this line is something called a green wall. Using a panel that attaches to your wall, you can grow plants or vegetables just by utilizing your inside or outside wall space. Green walls not only act as a layer of insulation reducing the overall temperatures of the building but they are said to help purify the air. So not only is this blazing new trend saving space, it’s helping to save the planet.
Not everyone can live directly on the beach, and for that, we give you water features. Who says you can’t enjoy the sound of water in your yard? The third hottest trend on our list is water features. From ponds to waterfalls to prefab water features, adding tranquil water features to your landscape and hardscape designs is a key component to creating that outdoor paradise. Water features are not only therapeutic; they reduce noise pollution, attract wildlife, and increase your property value. This past year, North Carolinians invested in everything from small ponds with running water to dry creek beds.
With talk about the decline of honeybees in the news and on social media, more people are becoming aware of the important role pollinators play. In doing so, in order to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees to our North Carolina backyards, we have begun creating native habitats. Using native plants, planting in clumps, rather than using single plants and growing a variety of different plants, sizes and colors is all the rage. Having an organized lawn is becoming a thing of the past with people going for a more natural, chaotic feel.
To go along with this trend, more homes are using birdfeeders, bat houses, butterfly houses, and salt licks to keep butterflies and bees in the area. Will this trend stick around? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure, the care our residents and businesses give to their landscapes is not going away anytime soon, and for that, we can all be thankful.
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