Pumpkin lattes are brewing in our favorite coffee shops, Friday night lights are shining brightly at most high school football fields, and candy corn decorates the aisles at local grocery stores. This can only mean one thing: The cool, crisp days of fall are fast approaching.
One of the major appeals to living in North Carolina is the nearly year-round beautiful weather. As we move past the warm days of summer BBQs and into the colorful autumn evenings, it is time to consider some of this season's landscaping trends. What better way to welcome fall than to prepare your outdoor living space for the coming cooler days?
Here are a few ways to spruce up your yard and outdoor living areas to create visual appeal and an inviting spot to sip some steamy cider among friends and family.
Outdoor Fireplaces Keep It Toasty
While most of us are used to indoor fireplaces intended to heat small indoor spaces, the latest trends are bringing fire outdoors! From small metal fire pits and fire tables to large, elaborate outdoor fireplaces, this trend is HOT!! According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, fire features are the biggest landscape trend of this fall.
Outdoor Lighting Brightens Darker Evenings
Let there be light as the days grow shorter! Outdoor decorative lighting is a major landscaping must-have this fall. Homeowners are using LED lighting on walkways for both safety and decorative purposes -- once installed, these lights are low maintenance and cost-effective. If you’d like to add a little twinkle on a cloudy night consider stringing white lights among your trees, screened porch, or patio. This touch is sure to "de-light"!
Bold Is Beautiful: Fall Plants Keep Your Yard Looking Good
Professional landscapers know how to create texture by using ornamental grasses. These hearty plants offer both glam and grit. They can withstand a variety of weather conditions and will thrive even through the winter. The most popular grass--the Feathered Grass--is certainly a top contender, and other nice options include Fountain Grass and Switch Grass.
Green is naturally the predominant color in an average front yard; however, contrast is king this fall. Many landscape professionals will be adding a vibrant splash of red or purple (and there are ornamental grasses that fit that color palette) to break up the sea of green. A little color goes a long way!
Rocky Landscape Features Add Interest Where Plants Won't Grow
Using rocks to add interest to landscapes is expected to be popular this fall. As it proves difficult to plant deep rooted plants next to large trees, landscapers have found an interesting alternative: rock displays. A typical display may include two or three large rocks with several smaller rocks and irregularly shaped rocks scattered among them.
This fall, choose a couple of projects that sound fun and rewarding. And when you're done, you'll have the satisfaction of sitting to enjoy your pretty, cozy outdoor spaces--perhaps with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled cider next to your outdoor fireplace!
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