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Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2012

Posted by Katie Dubow on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

We love to report annual results in the Lawn and Garden industry, especially when they're up! And clearly, the American love affair with the back yard shows no signs of slowing.

According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the results show a preference for a low maintenance outdoor space for lots of entertaining.

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Landscape architects with a specialization in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements. The category of gardens and landscape spaces, with 94.9 percent rating somewhat or very popular, was followed closely by outdoor livings spaces at 91.5 percent, which were defined as kitchen and entertainment spaces.

Across all categories, here's how respondents rated things:

  • 97.4% rated grills as somewhat or very in-demand for 2012
  • 96.6% rated low-maintenance landscapes
  • 95.8% rated fireplaces/fire pits (95.8 percent)
  • 95.7% rated seating & dining areas (95.7 percent)
  • 93.1% rated lighting features
  • 89.9% rated decorative water elements

Garden trends are on the top of our minds. Stay tuned for our 2013-14 Garden Trends Report, dropping in the late summer.  In the meantime, check out our 2012 trends report:

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, trends

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