Having Multi-Functional Plants
One thing to brag about on a family reunion website or to your friends on social media is creating a sustainable garden with multi-functional plants. What this means in a nut-shell is an increase in the trend for growing hops to in turn brew your own beer or having a grape patch which becomes your own signature wine. People have always gardened for food but a 2016 trend is growing plants that are also medicinal which can effectively create a healing garden.
Appealing to Multiple Senses
Gardens have always been a sight and a smell to behold but trends for 2016 see an increase in appealing to all the senses. For example, many homeowners are using bluetooth speakers and a stream of music to give their garden sound. Solar lights and strand light usage have also increased, especially in walking or sitting gardens. The garden is now used to legitimately increase quality of living and curb appeal of your home in addition to providing a source of oxygen, food, and ambiance among others.
Doing More With Less Space
Along the same lines of the 'tiny house' craze is the trend of creating gardens anywhere and everywhere. The next time you host family show off your vertical garden tower or table top planting prowess. A garden can be created almost anywhere – inside or outside of your home. Filling this 'dead' space with functional plants (even if they are just for looks/oxygen) is part of being a responsible homeowner while also adding to the curb appeal of your property.