Want to know what your landscape customers are going to be thinking about this year? Tune in to the latest landscape trends, according to the Garden Media Group•’s recently released 2016 Garden Trends Report.

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1. Connected Greenery.

People continue to connect with Mother Nature by hiking, camping or gardening. And people are taking technology into nature for exploration, education and entertainment. Read More: The Best Apps for Arborists from Tree Services Magazine

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2. “NaTECHure.”

With Generation Z (born between 1995 to 2009) being the most sedentary generation in American history, it’s vital to get children and their parents outdoors. The goal is to mobilize a new generation of nature lovers through the merger of nature and technology. Read More: Let’s Do What We Can to Get Kids Outside Again 

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3. “Welltality.”

Horticulture is intrinsically tied to health and wellness. People are putting their health first. And plants are helping people heal faster, concentrate better and be in generally better moods. Read more: The Healing Power of Gardens

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4. The Makers Lifestyle.

The DIY movement is getting a facelift as people shift from doing to making. People are engaging with nature hands-on through projects like growing hops for backyard brewing to testing out natural dyes with fruits and vegetables. Read more: All You Wanted to Know About the Common Hop Plant from American Nurseryman Magazine

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PHOTO: BRIENNE GLUVNA ARTHUR

5. Layered Landscapes.

The landscaping trend is shifting from green deserts to living landscapes where yards are returned to their natural habitats, each plants serving a purpose in supporting local, natural ecosystems, pollinators and other wildlife. Read more: Landscape Design Goes Native

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6. Dogscaping.

According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet. Homeowners are thinking more and more about how to make their gardens pet-friendly and pet-safe. Read more: TV Show Creates Pet-Friendly Landscapes from Turf Magazine

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7. Precious Resources.

The resources needed to garden, particularly water, are limited and need protection. New technologies and plants offer the opportunity to protect and conserve resources with small lifestyle changes that will make an impact on the gardening experience. Read more: How Smart Irrigation is Changing Water Management

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8. Backyard Boldness.

People are turning to customization, lighting and movement to add a sense of whimsicality to their backyards. People are moving away from subtle, minimalist aesthetics to designs that heighten appeal. Also, the outdoors are returning as a destination, where people are making childhood memories and family experiences that bring nostalgia of catching fireflies and reminiscing at summer barbecues. In landscape like this, bold colors of red, orange and purple bulbs can make a personality statement. Read more: Our 11 Favorite Hardscape Projects