The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its latest survey of landscape design trends -- with sustainability and low-maintenance leading the way for 2015.
According to the survey, landscape architects say they are getting the greatest demand for ecologically sensitive projects that preserve the environment, conserve water and reduce landscape maintenance.
The highest consumer demand is for the following top 10: native plants; drought-tolerant plants; edible gardens; fire pits or fireplaces; low-maintenance landscapes; permeable paving; water-efficient irrigation; rain gardens; lighting; and rainwater/graywater harvesting.
ASLA CEO Nancy Somerville says the survey shows that homeowners increasingly see opportunities to improve the environment in the their own backyards. "Consumers care about designed landscapes that are attractive, easy to take care of and eco-friendly," she said.
The most popular outdoor design elements are firepits, lighting, and grills, and the top outdoor structures are pergolas, decks, and fencing.
Forty percent of the survey respondents said the most popular outdoor recreation amenities include hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools, indoor/outdoor saunas and swimming pools.
In short, consumers want everything.