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The Hottest Trends in Outdoor Living – Part II


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Great ideas for outdoor living continued:

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are another feature that has transcended the idea of being a trend.  Today, they are every bit as amenitizied – and sometimes even more – than the indoor kitchen.  “These cooking areas feature all the accessories and niceties of indoor kitchens so you never have to go inside,” said Baybreeze Patio.  “Refrigerators, grills, smokers, stoves, warming drawers, beer taps, and of course, the kitchen sink ensure outdoor enthusiasts have everything they need to prepare the meal and more.”

Water Features

Whether you’re trying to drown out street noise, create a Zen space in your yard, or just like the way a fountain looks, adding a water feature is a great way to bring interest and function to your outdoor space.  Water features have been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years and are today one of the most requested items in a landscape plan.

“Water features are more popular than ever, from fountains to water walls to serene ponds,” said Neave Landscaping.  “The sound of water is soothing after a hectic day at work.  It masks distracting sounds, like traffic in front of your house, or the neighbor kids’ water balloon battles.  It attracts birds and butterflies who love to sip and splash in the water.”

New Options for Gardening

Edible container gardens including mini fruit bushes and earth tones are 2 prominent trends in gardening, according to Garden Design.

Neave Landscaping sees a trend in combining elements in the garden.  “Separating flowers from vegetables in your garden is so yesterday.  The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together,” they said.  “These double-duty gardens offer a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs while providing intriguing, energized beds.  Tuck tomato plants in with your roses.  Plant a drift of ‘Bright Lights’ chard – as pretty as any blooming perennial.  Mix asparagus or some raspberry bushes into your cutting garden.  And chili peppers?  They’re hotter than ever.  Before they end up in your salsa recipe, they’re pretty little ornaments to spice up your garden.”

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