The big thaw is finally here in the Edmonton Area! Yep, construction season… oops, we mean SUMMER is just around the corner and we’re all excited to get outside and enjoy outdoor living.

To kick off the season, we put together the top 5 landscape trends in 2018 for homeowners and local businesses:

1) Back to Nature

One big trend in landscaping is sourcing local plants for your garden and outdoor living spaces. Native plants have adapted to local weather and soil conditions allowing them to be more resilient. Translation: These plants are more likely to thrive and survive in the unpredictable Edmonton climate! These plants grow in natural environments and tend to require less care, water and even deadheading, which is a bonus for all gardeners.

Top landscaping trends 2018

*Photo Source

2) Just Add Water

Whether it’s a fountain, bubbler, pond, or waterfall, water features continue to make a big splash in landscaping trends for 2018! A fountain or waterfall can be a stunning focal point in your garden while a pond or bubbler can create a peaceful, private oasis in your backyard. There are so many options for water features depending on your budget, outdoor space and design goals. Speak to our knowledgeable staff at Rockland about how you can bring the tranquil sound of water to your garden.

Water feature landscaping trends 2018

*Photo Source

3) More is Better

We continue to see a big shift towards outdoor living as our gardens are becoming an extension of the home. Backyards are being broken down into sections or “rooms” that are utilized for different purposes. Stone pavers, decks, pergolas and multi-level garden designs are creating multiple seating areas for dining, lounging, cocktail hour, play and fire-side visits. Outdoor home décor items like cushions, rugs, lamps, bar carts, candles and more create cozy, intimate spaces that are perfect for long Summer nights.

Outdoor living top landscaping trends 2018

*Photo Source

4) Asymmetrical design

Geometric lines and patterns are being replaced by a more an asymmetrical design approach. Gardens and yards will look more unstructured with edges that curve or stone placement that’s staggered or appear more natural. Although these designs may appear random, careful planning and measuring is still required and it’s important to choose your landscaping materials ahead of time.

Top landscaping trends 2018

*Photo Source

5) Mood Lighting

You only have to walk into a few garden centres to see that outdoor lighting is still a popular garden trend this year. With solar lanterns, garden spikes, bulbs, string lights and outdoor lamps, adding light is an easy, inexpensive way to update your outdoor space. If you’re planning a landscape project, consider various lighting options in your design to highlight key features or provide subtle backlighting for stairs, patios or fences. Light up your front yard and garden with ambient lighting to create a welcoming glow and enjoy patio season at home!

Top landscaping trends 2018

*Photo Source

Rockland Landscaping Supplies opens soon and has all the landscaping materials you’ll need to create an outdoor oasis. Follow along on Instagram @rocklandyeg for a glimpse behind the scenes as we open our yard for Spring!

Join our Facebook Group for homeowners and professional landscapers to share landscape ideas, tips and ask questions!