Spending more time at home is inspiring people across the country to finally tackle that landscape project they’ve been dreaming of. If you’re looking for upgrades, keep in mind not all backyard improvements hold equal value. While most will enhance your time outdoors, only some landscaping trends will increase the value of your home.
Take Your Interior Style Outside
From your wall art to your furnishings, your interior is a reflection of your personal style. It’s no wonder homeowners are increasingly pushing their styles outside into their yards. Whether your aesthetic is sleek and modern, or folksy and rustic, there's no reason it should stop at the door.
By incorporating colors, materials, and furnishings that echo your indoor style, you can make your yard feel more like a continuation of your living room. Consider an outdoor kitchen, water fountain, gas fire pit, or other such features to flex your personality.
Design for Multiple Seasons
To maximize the value of your landscape, incorporate elements that extend your outdoor season. Awnings, misters, outdoor heaters, and pergolas will protect you during hot summers and chilly winters.
It's also possible to plant for multiple seasons. Focus on trees, shrubs, and perennial ornamental plants that offer seasonal interest. Flowers such as calendulas, pansies, and winter jasmine can bring color to your garden year-round.
Many traditional landscape plants are high-maintenance. Today's homeowner leans towards native plants that are easy to care for and more eco-friendly. Native plants have adapted to the soil and climate of a region, so they don’t need special attention to thrive. They also offer food and habitat to our much-needed pollinators, and they need less water, which saves on your annual irrigation bill.
The growing trend in smaller yards is taking the landscape to the next level — onward and upward. Vertical gardening is a way of getting the most out of a small space, adding layers of green and creating dimension and visual complexity. Vining plants on trellises can soften walls, create privacy, or screen undesirable views. Wall-mounted containers can create easily-accessed herb gardens near the kitchen. To manage tricky elevation changes or add deeper dimensions to a small space, consider adding terraces or sunken gardens.
You want your landscape to be visually appealing, but you also want it to be practical. Since the majority of new home buyers are dog owners, it's a good idea to landscape with Fido in mind. That means using pathways that are gentle on paws and plants that are pet friendly. Avoid cocoa mulch and other ground covers that are poisonous to dogs.
The more time you spend at home, the more you'll get to know your outdoor spaces and the area you'd like to update. By incorporating some current trends and some classic design, you can create upgrades that enhance your time outdoors and increase your home value. With a little investment of time and money, you may end up with a yard so fabulous that you never want to leave the house again.