Top Landscaping Trends of 2020


Kai Magsanoc

Flowers That Attract Pollinators


Kai Magsanoc

February 7, 2021

More and more people are realizing the importance of a beautiful garden and outdoor area for their well-being. Here are the most in-demand landscaping trends of the year.

Let’s describe 2020 for what it is: a difficult, challenging, and grounding year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economies around the world and has accelerated the digital transformation of many businesses, whether they were ready for it or not. It has also made people realize what their priorities are, like a beautiful landscape they can see every day and that would give them a feeling of peace.

More and more people are staying and working from home. They have realized the effect of their home environment not only on their well-being but also on their motivation to work, on the quality of work they are able to deliver, and on their mental capacity to deal with the challenges of living during an uncertain time. Because we don’t know what the future holds, and we can only focus on productivity a day at a time.

The fact is that, until an effective (and affordable) vaccine is released, people will want to stay home not only for their sake but especially for their family’s. If tending the garden is their best way to connect with nature for now, then they will give it the attention it deserves.

If you have found your way to the blog, that means this is true for you. Since 2020 is still a few months from being over, allow us to share with you the landscaping trends of the year you may still adopt for your home.

1. A landscape for all seasons

Because we need to stay home longer or more often, we want it to be as stress-free as possible. This means having a low-maintenance, energy-saving landscape that is good for all seasons of the year: rain, shine, or snow.

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), “homeowners are incorporating elements like outdoor heaters, pergolas, and awnings.” They are also planting trees and shrubs that change into beautiful colors with every season, and flowers such as serviceberry, dogwood, and panicle hydrangea.

2. Pops of blue

Classic Blue is the Color of the Year, declared by Pantone in December 2019. "It's a color that anticipates what's going to happen next," said Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute. Blue also gives a feeling of strength.

Among the native blue wildflowers you can add to your landscape are:

  • Common hepatica AKA blue anemone, liverleaf, and mayflower
  • Colorado blue columbine
  • Virginia dayflower
  • Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass
  • Northern blue flag iris
  • Bluehead gilia
  • Blue false indigo
  • Mealy cup sage
  • Texas bluebonnet
  • Bottle gentian

Flowers also provide habitat for animals that help the environment, “like birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators,” writes Nan Schiller on Gardener’s Path. To know what flowers will thrive in your region, here’s the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

3. Foodie gardening

Who said vegetables can’t make a landscape beautiful? During a pandemic, food supply can be a concern, and people have addressed this by planting vegetables in their garden that they can harvest and eat. Jeffrey Carbo of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) says that, “home gardeners want unique vegetables that appeal to both the eye and the taste buds.”

“They want beauty and productivity,” he continues. “They’re wondering about plant composition and how a certain lettuce will look planted near a particular tomato.”

4. Vertical gardening

Not everyone has the luxury of a big space for a garden, and small spaces aren’t stopping people from designing a beautiful “wall” scape. Whether it’s for vegetables, air-cleaning plants, or vegetables, those with small spaces have taken on the challenge of being creative with their space.

Trellises, grids, and vertical pots make these possible. Smart design makes it a joy for the eyes.

5. Sophisticated walkways

Walkways provide a flow for the eyes to follow and help in the better appreciation of a landscape. According to an article written by Heather Blackmore for, “Permeable pavers and bricks laid in chevron, basket-weave, or lattice patterns are turning up underfoot.”

What used to be patterns seen indoors are not seen outdoors. People are experimenting and not getting walled in by tradition or by what’s been done before. They are braver about being more authentic and expressing their aesthetic and taste in their landscape design.

6. Smart irrigation

We may have all seen a sprinkler or two doing their work when it’s obviously about to rain. This is wasteful and a tragedy at a time when natural resources need to be conserved. Smart irrigation makes this a thing of the past.

“We see more in narrow turf areas that require subsurface irrigation, like tree lawns, parking lots and medians, instead of pop-ups with fixed or vent nozzles,” says Bret Eastberg, reclaimed water systems coordinator with the city of Westminster, Colorado, in a story published on Irrigation & Green Industry.

“We require smart controllers on everything. We’re moving toward requiring master valves, too, in order to do flow sensing.” Eastberg adds that not only is the landscaping industry pushing for this trend, but city governments as well.

7. Water — for the birds

Big, old-fashioned fountains are a thing of the past. If your style is more on the sleek and minimalist side, there are options on water fountains that won’t take the attention away from your flowers and greens. The plus side is that they will serve as bird baths and drinking water for birds during the hot summer months.

Flowing water is also good feng shui, according to Total Pond: “It is the ancient Chinese symbol of prosperity and abundance. Flowing water symbolizes income...As long as it is flowing in a peaceful way, it symbolizes wealth.” (The sound of flowing water is also calming and relaxing, even for house pets.)

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