Everyone has a different take on garden trends, and this one is the latest -- from Garden Design Magazine.
Geometry is out, natural materials are in, and consumers favor a more DIY look to their gardens.
Color-blocking is also popular, as in a bold wall color to set off a particular plant or an outdoor sofa, or as in a solid color outdoor rug on a patio.
Native plants continue to be popular, but designers are also looking for locally sourced plants and materials. Lawns are out, particularly because of drought and water shortages, replaced by grasses that don't need mowing or - yes -- by artificial turf.
While vegetable gardens, chickens and bees remain high on the list of "wants," the latest in the modern homesteading trend is for dye gardens -- ie, plants that can be used to make natural dyes for coloring clothing, textiles, and yarns.
More designers are mixing traditional and new styles and installing creative spaces for child's play and for entertaining.
Sustainable remains the current watchword, and tons of new dwarf shrubs that require little maintenance are being patented to go along with the trend toward smaller houses.