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2014 Landscaping Trends: Sustainability Tops List

Rain Garden with Summer FlowersNo matter where you live in the United States, it’s hard not to notice the climate changing. Extreme weather patterns are becoming more common with more droughts, more hurricanes, and more freezing temperatures not only in the Midwest and Northeast but also in the South. In response to these unusual weather swings, Americans are changing their mindsets and their lifestyles to incorporate more environmentally friendly practices at home, at work and everywhere in between. That’s why it’s no surprise the biggest trend in landscaping this year is sustainability, the same as it was in 2013, only more so.

Out in front
Architectural Gardens has been ahead of the curve all along. Sustainability has been at the core of our business for more than 10 years. Ever since we opened our doors, we could see what was coming, the environment was under stress, so we started encouraging our clients to move away from big lawns and monocultures and started introducing native plantings, meadows and above all water management systems that often included rain barrels, rain gardens and dry creek beds. Sometimes our proposals fell on deaf ears.  Not anymore!

People nowadays are increasingly aware that taking small steps, like not raking leaves into the street and storm drains, installing natural and permeable hardscapes, watering less often but deeper (to encourage a larger root system) and soil testing for nutrient deficiencies before automatically applying fertilizers can make a difference in reducing the amount of pollution that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.  And oh, by the way, did you know that an environmentally friendly maintenance lawn care program can even cost less and be more beautiful as a manicured lawn program?

Looking ahead
Architectural Gardens continues to keep its ear “close to the ground,” staying up with all the latest trends and sometimes even a little ahead of them. In 2014, keep reading our monthly blog for tips on creating contemporary, sustainable outdoor environments that provide beauty and balance in your life without costing you a fortune.

About Missy Jones

Missy Jones, owner of Architectural Gardens, is a Master Watershed Steward in Anne Arundel County. Since growing up on the Severn River watershed, her passion is to help save the bay and educate homeowners about conservation landscaping, thus reducing the negative impact of stormwater runoff. Landscaping is in her blood: Missy’s father owned a landscaping company in the Annapolis area and she’s been gardening ever since she learned to walk. Call Missy for a consult, 800.280.2103, and let’s get started.
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One Response to 2014 Landscaping Trends: Sustainability Tops List

  1. Robin Keys says:

    Could not agree with you more. At the very least, perhaps I will be grateful for this 16′ inches of snow by summer when the humidity drives me out of here, along with the mowing. Hope all is well. GCK showed me your beautiful place when we went to meet Theo a couple of weeks ago. I then went to Mill Reef and oh the fauna there. Going to rest the back from all this shoveling. You cannot fight mother nature. See you in the spring I hope. Take care and thanks for the newsletter.

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