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Though 2020 came with fewer gatherings and get-togethers, it did allow for more time in the garden. Don’t let all the hard work you put into your landscaping last summer fade away! Even though the nationwide snow storms and cold temperatures may not scream “landscape planning” right now, it’s never too early to begin mapping out your plans for this upcoming season. We are here to give you inspiration and this year’s latest trends to help create your ideal landscape.
It is no secret that the COVID-19 crisis gave individuals and families a new perspective on the great outdoors. This year, gardening became a newly-developed hobby for many people because it provided them with an escape from their homes, a mental break from Zoom calls, and a little fresh air and exercise. We expect the same dedication to landscaping in 2021 as well!
Here are some of the top trends we are seeing this year:
See more details about each of these trends and how you can make them a reality below.
The first thing to ask yourself is, “Which of these trends fit within my ideal landscape design?” Determine your likes and your dislikes. Then, research, research, research! Pinterest can be an amazing asset to get some ideas about what you can envision. Additionally, our previous blog posts will provide beneficial insight!
Once you have a plan in mind, here’s how you can begin recreating these trends in your yard:
With the appeal of being able to safely social distance yourself in your yard, outdoor living spaces have become extremely popular over the last year. An outdoor living space can allow you and your family members to safely and comfortably lounge, gather, play, relax, and share a meal.
Consider adding one or more of these options into your outdoor living space:
There are so many opportunities to turn your garden space into something both trendy and useful.
Fruit & Vegetable Gardens – So many people are investing their time and energy into fruit and vegetable gardens. With the anxiety of entering a grocery store these days, growing your own produce is an affordable and bountiful way to bring fresh produce into your home safely.
Pollinator-Friendly Gardens – These gardens have become all the rage this year! This type of garden creates a unique space for pollinator plants, which can provide a friendly feeding space for birds, butterflies, and other creatures.
Vertical Gardens – If you have only a small gardening space in your yard, this may be the perfect option for you! These gardens contain a vertical structure where a variety of plants can grow upward to create a decorative focal point.
Another 2021 landscaping trend is a simple makeover of your existing garden. Make your yard and garden more visually appealing by implementing a few cosmetic changes.
New Patterns – Is your current patio, driveway, or sidewalk designed with uniform and symmetrical shapes? While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, the latest style is to turn those geometric designs into more unique ones. Adding new shapes, textures, colors, or pavers to your landscape can certainly spruce up your outdoor space!
Mix and Match – The style this year is a balance of this and that! Add a little creativity to your yard and garden by mixing it up a bit. A balance of plants, lights, stones, water features, and flowers can turn your landscape into something truly beautiful.
The social distancing requirements of the past year have forced people to lose that friendly, neighborly feel. A social front yard is the new trend that allows for a little interaction with your family, friends, and neighbors in a safe and aesthetic way. This simply means adding more options for seating to your front yard. Swings, garden benches, and colorful lounge chairs are excellent options for your social front yard. Sit and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade and offer a friendly hello when a neighbor walks by!
Unfortunately, it seems like kids have suffered from this pandemic in more ways than one. Besides having to adjust to remote learning, some of their favorite outdoor activities at the local parks or pools have been taken away as well. That is why backyard play spaces have become extremely popular! Add some activities to your backyard that your children can enjoy safely. You can be creative by designing and building your own pieces, or you can save up and purchase a nice jungle gym or swing set.
Some of our favorite backyard play space ideas are:
Once again, depending on your design goals and needs, the materials you may need for the season will vary! Take a look at your favorite local stores or online shops for the lastest furniture pieces or supplies to perfectly fit into your outdoor living space, social front yard, or backyard play space!
As for your gardens, that’s where we can really help.
Take a look at our previous Landscape Planning 101 – Part 1 blog for more specifics about our wide selection of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, mulches, and stones. With our variety of options, you are sure to fulfill your landscape dreams with beautiful and stylish updates to your Trendy & Useful Gardens and Visually Appealing Landscapes.
The best thing you can do to get a headstart on your landscaping dreams is to begin planning! First, do a little research to determine your wants and needs for this year’s season. Then, continue the planning process by mapping out your goals, working on a budget, and reviewing some of our previous blogs for extra insight. Our Landscape Planning 101 – Part 2 is a great resource for more information about how to plan, research, and map out your ideas.
You’ll be sure to beat the spring rush by already having a plan in place when warmer weather arrives and it is time to begin working in your yard!
For any additional assistance, feel free to give Kurtz Bros a call!