Landscaping Trends 2023: What’s Hot in Boise, ID
Growing flowers to take cuttings from.
One theme we’ve been seeing in recent years is a return to nature and a shift towards finding joy in the little things. Social media has made flower farming more accessible to the general public, with expert gardeners eagerly sharing tips and tricks to help urban, suburban, and rural flower lovers to succeed in the craft. Live blooms on kitchen tables is a classic, and we see more and more clients who want plentiful floral growth on their properties specifically to bring fresh flowers into the home, and we love seeing this trend gaining popularity! Some clients choose to use decorative concrete curbing to keep their flower beds separate from your lawn, although some prefer raised flower beds for easy gardening. A critical aspect of successfully cultivating a flower garden is to make sure you have adequate sunlight and irrigation; a sprinkler system, drip irrigation system, or other watering system would serve you well should you anticipate maintaining your flower garden for several years. Generally speaking, we recommend flowers with a long blooming season as this enables you to enjoy your fresh flowers for longer. Some flowers that work well for a cutting garden include:
Whether you choose to adorn your own home with fresh flowers or to share a bouquet with your loved ones, we love the romanticism that comes with home-grown, fresh-cut flowers.
Opt for an alternative to the traditional lawn.
From clover lawns to home-grown meadows to xeriscaped yards, we have never seen such a movement away from the traditional lawn in all of your years in the industry. A quick breakdown of the more popular options for clients who choose to swap out the lawn:
Xeriscaping: this approach to landscaping focuses on the conservation of water. Native materials such as rocks or gravel from the surrounding desert are used, and any plants used tend to be native plants that can thrive off of the natural rainfall here in Boise. Commonly seen in other desert regions of the country such as Arizona and New Mexico, xeriscaping is gaining popularity as an eco-friendly way to blend with the surrounding environment and encourage native flora, fauna, and pollinators to thrive.
Turf: artificial turf for your yard means little maintenance. Turf prevents weeds from coming up, stays green without watering, and can be enjoyed by kids for sports and virtually any other outdoor activity.
Groundcovers: plants that offer ground cover do exactly as the name implies. They creep along the ground without growing tall, which means no mowing. There are a variety of plants that can be used for ground cover that require less water and maintenance than the traditional lawn, including clover, creeping thyme, and corsican mint. Be sure to do your research before selecting a species, as some are more tolerant of food traffic than others!
Backyard Meadow: choosing to grow your own meadow can take a lot of planning and patience, but the result is well worth the effort. Meadow gardens are composed of an array of plants that are drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly. Some clients choose to include a water feature in their yard to draw more honey bees and butterflies to their yard!
Increased use of natural materials.
From the boho trend to cedar wood vertical gardens and more, both interior and exterior design has seen an uptick in the use of natural materials. Rather than a concrete walkway, opt for natural stone pathways. Rather than going for pots in bright colors, lean towards terra cotta or stone. Trends in recent years have been shifting more and more towards the natural and sustainable, and these pieces are often as timeless as they are practical.
Whether you choose to hop on the latest landscaping trends or to follow a more traditional path, our experts at Bella Vista Landscaping are eager to fully understand your vision and bring it to life. We offer a landscape design service to help our clients maximize their property and make it uniquely theirs. We serve Boise, Star, Caldwell, Eagle, Middleton, Meridian, Kuna, ID, and all surrounding areas. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (208) 995-3532 for more information or to schedule a consultation!
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