Top Landscape Trends of 2021

As we move into 2021 and the new year, there will likely be a continued focus on staying at home and, as a result, creating a yard space that you love. Here are a few of the trends that we believe will be prevalent next year in the landscape industry!


Much of the world spent time this year learning how to make sourdough bread and how to live with a limited amount of toilet paper. A surprisingly large group of people also worked on their green thumb. This spring, Google trends showed a five-year record interest for "gardening." The focus on growing beautiful flower and edible gardens continues as we head into next year as well. Specifically, raised beds dominate the garden trends as people seek to bring ease and style into their garden designs.

Minimalism and Low-Maintenance

As we head into the new year, the low-maintenance landscape movement will likely continue. Americans tend to pair stunning results with minimal effort, and landscaping is no different. Many companies tend to focus on delivering stress-free, easily-maintained results for that reason. For our clients, this means increased use of native plants and wildflowers and less lawn space.

Outdoor Living Design

As mentioned, less grass due to lower maintenance and increased functional hardscape space has been a common theme for clients. With people continuing to stay home more than usual, landscapes now focus on outdoor living and resort-style landscapes. Limited vacationing has encouraged people to become creative with spending time on their property, and this next year will likely be no different.

Sustainable Practices

Whether it is because of the economic worries or the fact that so many people stayed home this year, rainwater harvesting seemed to become a relatively standard practice! Sustainable methods like this one are likely to continue into the coming year. Other environmental-concerning habits that will continue include building roof-top gardens, installing permeable pavers, and using drought-tolerant plantings.

Pantone Colors

Pantone announced their color of the year…as two colors: yellow and gray.

According to Pantone, they believe these colors signify optimism (yellow) and dependable strength (gray). Coming out of one of the most challenging years the world has ever faced, Pantone encourages people to use the colors in décor and appearance while embodying the characteristics they stand for. While people use Pantone's yearly color in many different ways, the world of landscape design will likely strive to use this color scheme in hardscaping and outdoor décor, including patio furniture, pillows, paver walkways, and house/front door paint. With these shades at the forefront, minimalistic themes and beach-front styles may be more prominent as well.

No one can truly predict the future, but these trends have slowly developed over the past few years, increasing their odds of being a significant player in the next year. Regardless of any trends, the most important thing to remember is to create a backyard space that you love and that you -- and your family -- will be sure to enjoy!!

Is 2021 the year you come home to the yard of your dreams?

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