These 5 Landscape Design Trends for Fall Are Catching Fire
Sorry, sun worshippers. It’s that time of year again, when the flames of those barbecues and bonfires start to die down for good, the shorts go back into deep storage, and the summer vacations come grinding to an end.
But just because the days are shorter and the temperature’s a bit chillier doesn’t mean homeowners can’t continue to enjoy their own outdoor oases. They just may want to add fire.
Fire features, such as outdoor fire pits and fire tables (designed so that the flames burst through the center), are the hottest landscape trend of the fall, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
The Fairfax, VA-based association came up with the top landscaping trends by analyzing the results from the annual survey of its more than 5,000 members and also from in-depth conversations with several dozen landscape professionals across the country.
Fire features “are great accessories for entertaining people of all ages,” association spokeswoman Missy Henriksen says of the dramatic pits, tables, and even walls. “Young people can cook some s’mores around them. They’re also great for creating a mood and ambience.”
This sizzling design trend can also help keep homeowners and their guests warm on chilly nights. And many of the fire-based amenities can be controlled remotely by smartphones, or programmed to turn on or off at specific times.