Friday, July 29, 2011
That’s one of the top takeaways from the latest homeowner research conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Low maintenance landscapes – 94.2% - and native/adapted drought-tolerant plants – 88.88% -- are by far the trend. Together, these two preferences dictate that your next landscape project should concentrate on plants suited for your climate. Because those plants will thrive, you will save money, time and effort by avoiding costly replacements.
A drop or water-efficient irrigation system is the choice of 83.1% of the ASLA’s respondents. Water conservation is supported by their preference for permeable paving, smaller lawns, and small, self-contained water features like fountains (the choice of 81%).
It all adds up to a water-conscious plan for long-term landscape health and hardiness. Water features like small ponds, waterfalls, and fountains can be a major focal point, especially adjacent to seating areas. But, increasingly, Americans don’t want to be endlessly watering acres of grass. After all, it’s a home, not a golf course.
Image courtesy of Morguefile contributor robbinssky.