What does your landscape look like?

Does it look refreshing and pleasing to look at?

Or does it look outdated and obvious that not much care has been put into it?

Just like you update your home with new appliances and floors, your landscape should be of good appearance as well.

There are several great trends you can follow, but if you feel overwhelmed or like landscape just isn’t your thing, we’ve got you!

Your arborist is your go-to resource for all things trending in landscapes, including what you should and shouldn’t try.

In today’s world of landscape, a lot of what’s trending is using sustainable resources, not going over-the-top, and keeping the personality of your home in mind. Your outdoor space is simply an extension of the interior of your home, and with that in mind it should be easier to figure out what you’d like to include as you update your outdoor space.

With that said, below are several key trends to consider.

Keep it simple and natural

Leave the lavish and posh landscapes behind and focus on natural and high-quality materials. These can be as inexpensive as finding your own river rocks or as big as incorporating a koi pond or fountain.

Your home is your sanctuary and just like the inside of your home reflects your style and personality, the outside should be the same. So, keep natural in mind as you update your landscape.

Front yard natural landscape

Add in fruits and vegetables to your landscape

It’s becoming more and more popular to introduce fruits and vegetables alongside herbs and other plants. The types of vegetables and fruits you can grow will depend on where you’re located and the season, but a fruit and vegetable garden is a great way to add beauty to the outside of your home. And as an added perk, you’ll have fresh, organic ingredients just a few steps away!

Update your outdoor living furniture

Make sure your backyard receives the same amount of care as the front!

A great way to make your backyard more homey and inviting is to update your patio furniture. Couple that with existing trees, some market lighting, plenty of plants and perhaps even a hammock, and you’ve got yourself a stunning backyard where you and your guests will love to spend time.

Outdoor home patio with guests surrounded by plants

But, with that said, you may be thinking that an outdoor living space won’t work because of your location. However, homeowners want to get the most out of their landscapes and it’s becoming more and more popular to have an outdoor living area that can be used throughout multiple seasons. Incorporating elements such as outdoor heaters and awnings make it possible to enjoy your patio for three out of the four seasons – or, in some areas, all four seasons.

(Related: Want Some Great Ideas For Your Outdoor Living Spaces?)

Keep the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year in mind

This is definitely a trend, but the good news is that the color in 2020 is Classic Blue and this color won’t really go out of style once 2020 is over.

If you love to be on trend, following the Pantone Color of the Year is an easy way to do just that and a great way to incorporate pops of color throughout your landscape. Whether you do this through flowers or patio furniture, you’ll be sure to make the environment fun and welcoming.

Consider using native plants

Native plants are those which are adapted to the climate and soil conditions where they naturally grow.

Some of these plants can vary from location to location. For example, cacti are great in areas like Arizona, New Mexico, California and even Nevada; and palm trees are native to tropical areas like Florida.

But, there are also certain herbs that are native to the entire United States, such as wild mint, California bay and tarragon. And plants as well, such as Coneflower, Lobelia (a great choice for the Pantone Color of the Year!) and Maidenhair Fern.

And the best part is that they also supply our pollinators with food and habitat.


Use drought-tolerant plants

If you live in an area that doesn’t get rain often, but you still want a luscious landscape, consider incorporating drought-tolerant plants like succulents and Russian sage. They are great for adding vibrant color and texture into your landscape without the risk of spending a lot of money keeping them watered.

Vertical gardening

Have a small space? Don’t let that stop you from having a beautiful outdoor space!

Vertical gardening techniques, such as trellising with vining or climbing plants ,or wall-mounted containers to grow herbs and vegetables is a fantastic way to soften walls and give your space a botanic garden vibe.

For climbing plants, we recommend sweet peas, rambling rose, Virginia creeper. All of which are great climbers and can transform any ordinary wall into something interesting and creative.

Climbing plant on wall

Hardscape patterns

Last, but not least, another great trend that we don’t see going away anytime soon is incorporating a hardscape pattern. Replacing your walkway or driveway with a sophisticated design with bricks and pavers is a fantastic way to welcome guests to your home. It not only sets a great first impression, but also sets the tone for both your outdoor and indoor space.

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We hope these trends and ideas help spark some new ideas and creativity when it comes to updating your landscape. Your landscape truly is an extension of your home and can either be an eye sore or beauty that grabs attention and increases the value of your home.

At Terra Nova Outdoor Living, we have thirty years of landscape and hardscape design. We are a full-service Design and Building company offering a vast range of design and landscaping services to suit any size project in the Tampa Bay Area.

If you need any further advice on how to create a landscape that properly reflects your home, or would like us to design something for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can contact us at (727) 270-8307 or you can stop by any time at our location in Largo, Florida Monday through Saturday.