Often considered “softscape,” trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, are the outdoor elements that make your house a home. And like everything else, these ornate landscape features are subject to trends. So what are landscapers expecting to be trending in 2012?

Water Conservation: People are becoming more conscious of the way in which they use water, attempting to do so more responsibly. This is why landscape experts expect water conservation trends to take off in 2012. Some examples of possible trends include:

•      Choosing plants that aren’t water hogs

•      Installing rain sensors on irrigation systems

•      Smarter Irrigation. The driveway and sidewalk do not need to be watered.

Mediterranean Landscape Design: This type of landscape design often features open courtyards, light-colored, textured hardscaping (mosaic walls, gravel beds), and low-growing, water-wise softscape, such as plants, hedges, topiary trees and vines.

Rain Gardens: These shallow depressions are filled with deep-rooted plants and grasses that can handle an abundance of water, but also don’t mind being dry.

Black and Amber Shades in Plants: This trend has already become popular in recent years and is not expected to drop off any time soon.

Smart Shopping: Plants bred to withstand pests, diseases, and harsh climates provide a better value for consumers.

Frontyard Gardens: These are rising slightly in popularity, up to 29% in 2011, compared to 27% in 2010 and 25% in 2009. Backyard gardens are down 3% hit, from 50% in 2009 and 2010.

Vertical Landscaping: This is the practice of growing plants up from the ground instead of out. This is perfect if you have a small space to work with or an eyesore you want to cover up.

Green Roofs: These help save on heating and cooling costs and even protect your roof from the elements. That’s what we like to call a win-win.

So there you have it; those are the landscape trends to lookout for in 2012.

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Landscape Trends for 2012