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The Top 4 Gardening and Outdoor Living Trends for 2024

By Joe Raboine, Belgard
Photographs courtesy of Belgard

While it’s still winter in many parts of the country, it’s never too early to start thinking about your garden or outdoor living space. You can start thinking through what plants you’d like to curate this year, any fruits or vegetables you want to harvest, and how you can maximize your time outside.

As you’re thinking about sprucing up your garden and outdoor spaces, here are a few 2024 trends to consider.

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1. Evolving Your Garden

There has been a renewed interest in gardening in recent years, with younger generations picking up their shovels and shears. Much of this can be attributed to the increased desire to grow fresh fruits and vegetables right at home, helping people eat healthier, and reducing their grocery bill. Interestingly, what are being called Blue Zones continue showing the impact of food on overall health.

Aside from being a source of food, gardening also serves as a fun and easy way to spend more time outdoors and live a more balanced life.

2. Becoming More Eco-Friendly

While not an entirely new trend, there is more emphasis on being eco-conscious in today’s world. There are several ways you can make your home eco-friendlier, like creating pollinator gardens, investing in native plants for your landscape, and creating stormwater captures like rain barrels. If you are looking to upgrade a patio or other outdoor space, look for permeable pavers, which mimic the way natural land absorbs water.

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3. Enhancing Privacy in Your Yard

Multigenerational homes, smaller lot spaces, and close neighbors have increased the need for privacy around the home – including outdoors. Spending more time outside is a great way to expand breathing room for your family and get some much-needed exposure to nature. If you want to create multiple outdoor rooms or individual spaces, think about adding privacy screens or panels or shade structures, such as a pergola. To mask noise from roadways or neighbors, opt for water features or wind chimes. These also add more ambiance to your space.

4. Getting Creative with Design

Many people are staying in their homes longer, thanks to higher interest rates. Because of this shift, they are investing more in upgrades and renovations, especially outdoor living. Couple this with the need for increased functionality, and you can add some interesting and useful spaces in your yard. Outdoor offices can provide a more tranquil environment, while workout spaces around the garden can make you feel happy and energized.

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