Throughout our exclusive interview with Koenraad Vanhoutte (De WaterArchitect), he gave us unique insights into the landscaping and garden industry. We thought it only right to share some of those insights on this blog. So here it is; the emerging trends of the gardening industry, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Gardens are shrinking
That’s right, the traditional garden is undergoing a shift in proportions. Gardens are becoming smaller, but are becoming an ever more important centerpiece of the home. People want a garden that doesn’t bend them over backwards with maintenance, whilst also fulfilling more functionalities than ever before. More and more it’s becoming an integral part of our everyday lives; for relaxation, socializing, wellness, and comfort.
Functionality is key
With a higher demand on functionality, the materials of the garden need to be diverse. People are more educated and aware on the subject, thus they are more demanding when it comes to the materials they choose for their garden. Esthec is a perfect example of a material that fits this diverse criteria; it’s anti-slip, unique and customizable in design, sustainable, wear resistant, and has a long life-span. As homeowners become more sustainability conscious and take an active approach to their garden, such materials become a priority in the landscaping industry.
All or Nothing
When it comes to water, there is a decisive line between action. Koen notes that either a customer will go the full hog with sustainable water features, such as natural swimming pools, or they won’t even dip a toe, avoiding water features all together. An increasing amount of homeowners are gravitating towards healthier swimming pools with limited use of chlorine. The functionalities of a pool are also expanding these days. For instance the swimming pool cover that is prone to algae and other aqua-life is becoming a thing of the past. Now gardens are benefiting from hard surfaces that lower to open the pool space. This not only adds to the space of the garden, but it eradicates many of the hazards that parents understandably worry about.
High custom, Low maintenance
Gardens have become an extended part of a homeowner’s identity. People want to create something unique that fits their own image or ethos. Whilst hiring a landscape architect can be expensive, nowadays people don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining their garden. Thus, low maintenance has become somewhat of a priority in the garden and landscaping industry. So custom and low maintenance is a must-have according to Koen.
Are you considering a new garden? Here’s some advice from the man himself, Koenraad Vanhoutte;
“Be patient! A garden is a long-term investment, if you want it to pay off then you have to take your time. A garden can take 10 years to be at the peak of its beauty. If you want it to be ‘beautiful’ straight away, then you may overplant and within 10 years the soil will be infertile. The garden will become untamable and guess what… you‘ll have to start all over again. A little patience can go a long way when it comes to creating your perfect garden as well as saving money.”