As we steamroll into a new year, many homeowners are looking for innovative ways to make their outdoor spaces more attractive, functional, and inviting. From floating stairs, to climate resilient gardens, our Landscape Architect Louis Giffin has revealed his take on the TOP landscaping trends that are set to blossom in 2023 and beyond.
Climate-proofing Your Garden
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Last year we experienced floods in Winter, snow in Summer, along with unpredictable rain patterns that left many communities on the East Coast of Australia in disarray. With climate change becoming an ever-growing concern, adapting your garden to suit whatever Mother Nature may bring, has become increasingly important.
To address drought, install hardy plants and tree varieties that can survive extended periods of water scarcity. Rainwater harvesting tanks, swales, pebbled rain gardens, as well as robust water management systems can help to combat consistent rain. Permeable pavers and porous concrete can also be introduced to your landscape to assist with excess or pooling water.
Louis, says “The idea of creating a ‘microclimate’ in different pockets of your garden will help to build resilience. This can involve a combination of trees with larger canopies, mixed with low growing ground covers, leafy plants and shrubs”.
‘Repen’ the Benefits: Ground Covers
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Ready, set, grow! Ground covers and ornamental grasses like Dichondra repens and Zoysia japonica not only help with weed suppression and moisture retention, but are great additions to any contemporary landscape. Whether used as garden borders to create texture, or for no-mow lawn alternatives, the inclusion of ground covers will have you reaping the rewards of both functionality and beauty.
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The use of cantilevered floating stairs can transform a drab ‘slab’ into an architectural masterpiece. If you’re looking to upgrade your staircase or create show-stopping curb appeal with a grand entrance to your home, this modern design trend will become your latest ‘swoon-worthy’ garden feature. For an added wow-factor, try illuminating the concrete platforms with exterior lighting.
California Dreaming – Palm Springs Gardens
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No more prickly first ‘garden’ receptions. With its unique topography, Californian Palm Springs designs date back to the mid-century modern era of the 1920s.
“The garden is often considered to be the most important part of a Palm Springs inspired home and it is designed to draw people outside – think indoor, outdoor living”, says Louis.
To achieve a desert-chic Palm Springs inspired landscape, add elements such as breeze blocks, oversized cacti, dry garden beds, brightly coloured furnishing or feature walls to your gardening renovation to-do list.
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There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to sprucing-up your outdoor environments in 2023 and the humble fence is no exception.
“Nowadays, fences don’t have to be purely functional. With the introduction of exciting sculptural designs, your fence can become an impressive element within your garden”, says Louis.
Unique fencing designs from contemporary privacy fences, to free standing metal panels and progressive timber slats are starting to emerge. Simple, yet effective, these modern fence designs are ideal if you want to show-off your garden without compromising on privacy.
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Need a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind? To complement the sleek design of modern home builds, tranquil gardens that feature bold colour palettes and textural accents are becoming more desirable. Introducing plant varieties such as bamboo, Giant Bird of Paradise, Frangipani, as well as palms like Kentia or Fan palms, will help to create a sense of grandeur and tropical-chic, no matter the season.
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Looking for some ‘plantspiration’ for your garden in 2023? Why not get your head IN the clouds with some zen topiary. Stemming from the ancient Japanese technique known as ‘Niwaki’, cloud-pruning or plant topiary is the horticultural practice of shaping, pruning and manipulating plants into decorative shapes. From the rise in popularity of low growing Buxus balls, the delicate pruning of larger scale trees into cloud-like forms can be seen frequenting many modern landscape designs.
Pantone has spoken. Continuing to inspire homes in 2023 is Pantone’s Colour of the Year ‘Viva Magenta’. Coined as an ‘unconventional shade for an unconventional time’, this red, crimson-like hue brings ‘Big Colour Energy’ of power and inclusivity. Accent outdoor furniture, cushion covers and bold natives like Gymea lilies, Red Flowering Gums, Cordylines, Kangaroo paw and Waratahs will inject NEW ‘Viva Magenta’ life into your landscape.
Low Maintenance Landscapes
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Beautiful garden, sans the effort? We’re all ears. A welcoming trend that’s here to stay is the dominance of low-maintenance gardens that provide maximum impact, with minimal effort. Native plant species are typically colourful, textural, drought-tolerant and require less maintenance.
Louis states that “Not only are native plants easier to look after, you’re celebrating the beauty of our Australian landscape”.
The iconic Grasstree, Grevilleas, Calistomen, Banksias, Kangaroo paws or Illawarra flame trees are just a few native plant varieties that should be considered when looking to achieve a beautiful, yet low maintenance landscape.
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When it comes to improving the sustainability of your garden, leave no stone unturned. With the rise of eco-friendly practices, homeowners are constantly looking for new ways to make their outdoor spaces more environmentally friendly.
“Many clients request to reuse or recycle materials they already have available to them,” states Louis. “Whether local bush rock or reclaimed timber from an old family barn, these materials often have a story attached to them and can become great talking points in the garden. This personal touch can help to create a deeper connection to their landscape, adding a lot more meaning to their design”.
Materials to consider in your landscaping project are recycled brick for garden edging, composite timber like Ekodeck, NewTechWood or Futurewood for wall cladding or outdoor entertaining areas, as well as up-cycled metal, pavers or aggregate.
Every drop counts! Water saving techniques like mulching your garden beds regularly to retain moisture or recycling graywater, can also help you to become more eco-conscious in the garden.
Landscaping is an ever-evolving field and in 2023 there is no shortage of go-to trends to keep you ahead of the curb. If you’re looking to enhance your outdoor area, our friendly team can help. Get in touch with us today to arrange a Landscape design consultation.
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