The Evolution of the Residential Garden

The pandemic changed a lot of how we use our outdoor spaces, and for many folks who were on lockdown or just decided to forgo stores, restaurants, and other public spaces, gardens took precedence for family spaces for homeowners.  The pandemic and our new normal have been an inconvenience in many ways but a blessing in others.

One of those “blessings” has been the evolution of the residential garden.  While we’re not speaking necessarily of a boxed-in planter or defined in-ground vegetable garden in the traditional sense but rather the overall outdoor space that encompasses our lawns and yards.  Here’s how the evolution of the residential garden changed our homes.

More Living Space

Perhaps the most noticeable evolution of the home garden is an overall increase in living space.  In the past, homebuyers and homeowners have focused more closely on the interiors of their homes, but with the pandemic necessitating more outdoor time, we’ve put an increased emphasis on our outdoor space and making greater strides in manufacturing living space.

For that reason, gardens have evolved into a hybrid of landscaping beauty coupled with added square feet of living space in the form of gathering places, eating, cooking, games, and more.


Along those lines, we’ve realized that during the course of our changing social worlds entertainment can be more than just a room in a space in our home.  Gardens became a defacto entertainment space for many Americans during the pandemic as open-air spaces were put at a premium, but it has also fueled demand for more outdoor entertainment spaces than ever before.

From places to play games to outdoor movies to places to watch sporting events, the entertainment value of residential gardens has improved rapidly since 2020.  More and more homebuyers are seeking homes with ample outdoor space for entertaining their families and guests.  Even more, adding entertainment infrastructure to your current home could very well boost the value significantly if you’re looking to sell in the short term.

Emphasis on Sustainability

With concerns growing over the sustainability of our homes and how that affects the world around us, residential gardens are taking center stage for all things sustainable when it comes to plant selection and giving back to Mother Nature.

This is especially true in the dryer, arid, or desert climates where watering an entire yard would otherwise cost a fortune, waste precious water, and generally force the ecosystem to sustain something that doesn’t belong.  Instead, homeowners have been using their residential gardens as a means to incorporate native plants, use fewer natural resources, and offer more to the local wildlife in the area no matter how small.

By focusing on sustainability, homeowners can not only save money on water costs and maintenance, but they can practically impact their environment by infusing more native plants and lowering their overall carbon impact on their planet.

More Room for Personal Touches

Residential gardens further changed how we interact with our homes by giving us even more opportunities to add personal touches and personal effects to our outdoor spaces.  Just as you would personalize the interior of your home, by adding outdoor living space you have even more opportunities to personalize.

From decoration to projects to functionality, your garden space is practically a blank canvas for ways you can personalize your home in a way that many homeowners had previously ignored.  Outdoor space, unlike inside your home, can often have limitless opportunities to make it entirely yours without the confines of walls or layouts!

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