5 Landscaping Trends for Oregonians in 2015

From fashion to food, trends are continually evolving and people are always looking for what’s hot and new. The world of gardening and landscaping is no different, and we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with what’s en vogue. Here are our 5 favorite landscaping trends for 2015.

5 Landscaping Trends for Oregon

  1. What’s for dinner? –  Double-duty gardens have been on the rise in the past few years. As younger gardeners take to the hobby, the popularity of urban farming has significantly increased. Planting edibles in the place of traditional, inedible flowering plants is the perfect blend of fashion and function. How about a raspberry hedge? Or eating an apple in the shade of the tree it was plucked from. If you like flowers, nasturtiums have always been popular, but have you tried borage?
  2. For the love of pollinators – Hummingbird feeders are nice, but a butterfly bush is prettier. Homeowners are opting for flowering plants that attract pollinators. In addition to the joy of seeing the birds, bees and butterflies in action, pollinator plants are also great for the environment and local eco-system. Plus, they’re pretty. There is nothing more “Oregon” than helping our environment thrive.
  3. Taking it all outside – Every year, outdoor living spaces become more and more elaborate, and why not? Oregon has beautifully mild seasons that allow plenty of time to be spent outside. Why go inside to prepare part of your meal when you can have all of the conveniences of an indoor kitchen outside? Prep surfaces, small refrigerators, and burners can now be seamlessly incorporated into outside spaces. With modern outdoor living design, there is little you’ll need to go inside for.
  4. It was here first  – Homeowners and gardeners are discovering the beauty and variety of native plants, many of which are also edible. Some even have medicinal properties. Native plants promote natural wildlife, help prevent the spread of invasive species, are resistant to disease and pests, and are generally low-maintenance. These give people more time to enjoy their outdoor living space. Native landscaping isn’t confined to just plants. Local stones are also being used as focal points in beautiful landscape design.
  5. Using the space above – As home lots become smaller and more people are enjoying gardening, space is at a premium. Vertical planting is gaining popularity, from pergolas that support shade-providing vines to fence and wall planters designated for herb and flower gardens, creative ways to maximize space continue to pop up everywhere. An added bonus? Vertical gardening naturally minimizes damage done by many pests, such as slugs and snails.

Are you looking to update your yard or garden with the latest in landscaping trends? All Oregon Landscaping specializes in all landscape design elements, from outdoor living spaces to gardens, both edible and decorative. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

By Phil Sellens (Flickr: Borage (Borago officinalis(2)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Bee Photo By James Petts from London, England (Bee on flower) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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