These brilliant fall landscaping ideas will help you preserve your beautiful outdoor spaces as we return to the office.
Autumn is just around the corner, and we are more than ready for the transition to crisp, cool weather. However, as many of us are gearing up to head back into the office at least a few days a week, it’s important to think through how we will transition our outdoor spaces this fall to accommodate our new schedules. In the same vein, our outdoor spaces are sure to become more sacred than ever as we navigate our new normals and will likely experience more hustle and bustle in our daily lives.
First-time gardeners that discovered a new passion for plants during the pandemic and long-time horticulturalists alike will have to navigate caring for their lawns and gardens with less flexibility and time at home, but there are plenty of ways to ensure your landscaping stays in pristine condition. We looked to landscape architect Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates and Joe Raboine, director of Belgard Residential Hardscapes, to share emerging landscaping trends and help us prepare our landscapes for a season of hosting, harvesting, and finding solace in the great outdoors.
How Summer Weather Will Effect Fall Landscapes
Grace says as the weather seems less predictable than ever these days, it will have an impact on the way we landscape this fall. The landscape architect is based in Montecito, California, and says the drive for “water-smart, fire-smart, low-maintenance outdoor spaces” will continue to be a top priority in the western U.S. She says this means creating defensible, low-fuel content landscapes. That requires leaning into more weather-hardy plants and utilizing other materials, like gravel and rock, instead of grass in traditional lawn spaces. She also expects many landscape requests to be related to food production with fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens still being a priority even as we venture out of the home more often.
“In the east, I’m mostly seeing a ‘wait and see’ posture,” says Grace. “People are moving forward with landscape elements like covered patios, outdoor cooking areas, fire pits, pools, and other hardscape elements.” However, the designer is seeing a lot less intensive planting schemes and requests for high-maintenance planting borders.
“The trend to get the most of outdoor spaces continues, but landscapes are becoming less plant-centered,” she says.