2016 Landscape Trends

2/15/2016

2016 Landscape Trends

With a new year comes new trends, and landscape is no exception. Check out our list of the biggest landscape trends for 2016. Landscape for Health: Scientific studies have consistently proven that trees, flowers, plants, birds and nature overall, increase health and wellness for self, society and the planet. Plants are clean air filters, oxygen machines and wellness prescriptions. Trees absorb 1/5 of carbon emissions, reduce electricity consumption and increase mental health. Pops of Color: This year, trending color palettes- ranging from vintage and muted rustic to teal and pink- show off personality in plants, flowers and outdoor products. Pops of exploding color like pink and teal give a fun, fresh and vibrant feel. Pink and teal [or turquoise] complement each other wonderfully. Conversely, rustic and natural color palettes create a vintage, homey feel. Light pastels and faded denim evoke feelings of comfort and give a re-imagined contemporary look. Outside Entertainment: In 2016, the party is moving outside! “Garden-tainment” is the new buzzword for 2016. Think outdoor televisions and music systems; outdoor lighting to keep the party going outdoor living, cooking and entertainment areas. Compact and Low-Maintenance Plants: No-fuss cacti and succulents are ideal for consumers who seek attractive, low-maintenance plants. Tiny and easy to grow succulents in bold containers are ideal. Bed-Head Gardens: Purposefully un-styled outdoor spaces intentionally designed by working within the natural landscape creates an effortless but beautiful landscape with an “anything goes” attitude. Create “bed-head” meadows and natural habitats by using native plants to increase diversity, balance and ecosystems. Native plants require less water and fertilizer because they are well adapted to the local climate. Create an “Agri-Hood”: Edibles incorporated into the landscape provide not only beauty but health, farm-to-table food. Take this trend to the next level with custom chicken-coops and bee-keepers. LED’s Rule the Landscape: Enhancing outdoor spaces with lighting is increasingly popular and the use of color-changing lighting is becoming more common place. LED products offer better architectural integrations and concealment, offer less maintenance due to their longer rated...

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Visit The Great Big Home + Garden Show!

2/4/2016

Even though certain parts of the country are in the midst of snow and cold temperatures, spring is just a short time away. To get into the spirit, you may consider visiting The Great Big Home + Garden Show,  presented by 84 Lumber. You can learn how to make improvements to your home’s interior and exterior so that it is ready when warm weather hits. Show Exhibits- This year, over 600 exhibitors will be under one roof. To get a few landscaping and gardening ideas, there will be 19 feature showcases. Guests can explore various “celebration” themed gardens and learn how to create the perfect atmosphere for any holiday or special occasion. If you are looking to plan your dream home, many custom builders will be available to discuss some ideas. For example, Blossom Homes is just one business that can offer unique inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind house. Guest Speakers and Celebrities- It is always fun to meet celebrities. At this year’s show, visitors will delight at learning tips from some of the most well-known television personalities who deal with home improvement issues. Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak, from HGTV’s “Two Chicks and a Hammer,” will be explaining how they transform rundown homes into stunning remodels. Also, Jason Cameron, from DIY Network’s “Man Caves,” will be sharing his advice on how to gut a home and revamp its backyard. If food is your passion, Stafanie Paganni will be on-hand for a special cooking presentation. She is recognized from Food Network’s second season of “Sweet Genius.” Other Features- Besides the speakers, garden showcases, and cooking demos, guests will have a chance to win numerous contests and promotions. Thanks to American Family Insurance, you could win a prize worth over $15,000. Also, you have the opportunity to win a smart home security system, a television, outdoor fire pit, and many other fabulous prizes. The Great Big Home + Garden Show kicks off at Cleveland’s IX Center on February 5, 2016 and wraps up on February 14, 2016. Admission is $15 at the door, or tickets can be purchased online for $12. Children and seniors receive a discount. To get some helpful home ideas, including landscaping and gardening tips, visit all the exhibits so that you are ready to spring into...

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