Welcome to the exciting world of landscaping, where creativity meets nature to transform outdoor spaces into captivating retreats. As we celebrate another year of innovation and growth, let us explore the top ten landscaping trends that are taking the gardening world by storm in 2024.
Newfound Focus on Immersive Gardens
In 2023, Winnipeg gardens were no longer just outdoor spaces, but immersive experiences. Designers and homeowners alike are embracing the idea of creating garden sanctuaries that engage all of the senses. Think lush greenery, fragrant blooms, and the soothing sounds of nature, providing a holistic escape right at home. Here at B. Rocke Landscaping, we keep our focus on creating “outdoor rooms.” We want your yard to truly feel like an extension of your living space.
Figure 1: Front yard patio seating area, surrounded by perennial mulch garden.
Low Carbon Landscaping
Sustainability takes center stage in one of the top landscaping trends this year. Low carbon landscaping involves choosing eco-friendly materials, implementing energy-efficient designs, and prioritizing native plant species. This trend not only benefits the environment but also creates landscapes that stand the test of time.
Figure 2: Native prairie plants and shrubs in mulch garden space.
A touch of metal can add a modern and industrial flair to your outdoor space. From steel planters to copper accents, incorporating metals into landscaping design provides a sleek and contemporary aesthetic that compliments assorted styles. In the captivating image below, this custom Corten steel water feature paired with black granite rock takes center stage. Designed by Byron Rocke, this multi-functioning landscape component highlights his brilliance in crafting extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces. From inception to creation, Byron guided this project through every phase. The journey started with a vision, blossomed through meticulous design drafting, and evolved with precision into the final construction. This magnificent water feature is not just a part of a back yard, it is a bespoke piece of art seamlessly integrated into our client’s outdoor oasis.
Figure 3: Corten steel water feature, with raised garden planter bed with black granite rocks.
Using Hardy, Drought-Tolerant, Perennial Plants
As water conservation becomes increasingly crucial during our drier summer months, homeowners are turning to hardy, drought-tolerant plants that require less maintenance and water. Perennial plants, known for their longevity, contribute to sustainable landscapes that thrive with minimal intervention. We pride ourselves on meticulous and calculated plant selections to give our clients maintainable gardens that last!
Figure 4: Established, vibrant native perennials.
Gardening for Local Wildlife and Pollinators
Let us embrace biodiversity! This trend focuses on creating habitats that support local wildlife and pollinators. Incorporating native plants and providing shelter for birds and insects not only enhances the ecological balance but also brings a lively, dynamic element to your garden. Listed here are notable examples of pollinator plants: Heartleaf Alexander, Giant Hyssop, Gaillardia, Joe Pye, Showy Goldenrod, Smooth Asters, and Little Bluestem.
Figure 5: Perennial Garden including Russian Sage (purple), attracts butterflies and bees.
Artificial Turf for Easy Maintenance
Busy lifestyles and high traffic areas call for low-maintenance solutions, and artificial grass fits the bill perfectly! Say goodbye to mowing and watering – artificial turf provides a lush, green carpet that remains pristine year-round with minimal effort. In the image below, you can see the artificial turf that B. Rocke Landscaping installed at one of the daycare centres we have worked with here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Turf is perfect for child play spaces; with plenty of tiny feet running back and forth, the durability of this feature will stand the test of time!
Bringing Water into the Garden (Ponds and Water Features)
Water features are making a splash in landscaping trends this year. Whether it is a tranquil pond, a babbling brook, or a contemporary fountain, a water element adds a sense of serenity and sophistication to your outdoor oasis. The auditory sensory experience that flowing water brings to a space creates a sense of tranquility and peace.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials in Gardens
Upcycling takes center stage as gardeners explore creative ways to use recycled and reclaimed materials. From repurposed pallets for planters to salvaged wood for garden structures, this trend highlights a commitment to sustainability and a unique, personalized touch.
Figure 8: Reuse of existing walkway pavers, re-laid with a double brick border to add more visual interest.
Continuity Between Outdoor and Indoor Spaces
Blur the lines between your indoor and outdoor spaces with seamless design. Large glass doors, indoor plants, and cohesive color schemes create a harmonious transition, ensuring that your living areas flow effortlessly into the natural beauty of your garden. As seen in this custom outdoor design, Byron Rocke has created a full outdoor living room, complete with dining, cooking, entertaining, and seating areas!
Figure 6: Smaller residential backyard, designed for functionality and entertainment.
Defined Outdoor Rooms within the Landscape
Transform your garden into a multifunctional paradise by creating defined outdoor rooms. From cozy seating areas to al fresco dining spaces, this trend invites you to explore and enjoy different facets of your outdoor haven. As seen in this landscape design, we have carved out an area within the landscape to create the illusion of a sunken patio. A cozy space for family and friends to enjoy a bonfire throughout all our seasons in Winnipeg.
Figure 7: Circular patio with brick retaining wall, black granite boulder end caps and stone fire pit.
As we venture into 2024, these landscaping trends promise to redefine outdoor living. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a novice enthusiast, incorporating these ideas into your Winnipeg landscape design will undoubtedly elevate your outdoor experience, making your garden a true reflection of your style and environmental consciousness. Contact us to begin your journey with B. Rocke Landscaping.
Embrace the trends, unleash your creativity, and watch your outdoor space blossom into a haven of beauty and tranquility. Happy gardening!