Winter is the best time of year to invest some time and resources into revamping your outdoor area before summer arrives. Yes the days may be shorter and the desire to sit inside and enjoy a Netflix series may be high, but the effort you put into your outdoor space in winter will pay dividends when it comes to that first gathering in the sunshine.
Landscape architect Melanie Sparks says "Indoor-outdoor flow, outdoor rooms, and low maintenance are timeless trends but how they are articulated in landscape and design is changing. What used to be far more formal is now softening to incorporate a mix of native vegetation, permeable surfaces, edibles and textural plants in varying hues of green."
If you really want to immerse yourself in some brilliant outdoor designs then why not download our outdoor fireplace style guide and see, in rich detail, the possibilities for your outdoor space when an outdoor fireplace is the centrepiece. To help beat the winter blues, and provide inspiration for your outdoor entertaining area we've compiled a list of some of New Zealand's hottest outdoor design trends.