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The Top 5 Landscaping Trends of 2020

In January, the National Association of Landscape Professionals named the top five landscaping trends of 2020. But there is no way they could have predicted a nationwide stay-at-home order.

With homeowners confined to their own homes, the theme for landscapes this year quickly evolved to “staycation.”

Here are the updated landscaping trends for 2020 that helped people turn their backyards into the ultimate destination retreat.

1. Pools

Pools are usually thought of as a luxury addition to a home.

That’s one of the reasons they are a highly requested hotel amenity.

But they do more than upgrade your backyard aesthetic — they make it more functional and enjoyable.

When public pools were closed this past summer, there were long lists of people waiting to make the plunge in their own pool.

And this trend is predicted to only grow in popularity over the next few years.

2. Transitional Spaces

firepit patio

In a year where many people felt trapped in their homes — outdoor kitchens, sitting areas and firepits are bringing them back outside. 

While outdoor kitchens were popular during summer, firepits and outdoor sitting areas are poised to be the landscaping trend during the colder seasons. 

Plus, they’re also the more affordable options. 

Not only do they encourage homeowners to enjoy the outside more but they can help promote physical distancing as well.

3. Shades of Blue

outside seating

Open air and tranquil waters make for great vacations so it’s no surprise blue was the color of choice for 2020.

Since blue is associated with open space and freedom it can make even the smallest backyard feel twice its size.

Blue-flowered plants like hydrangeas or lavender bring life to any garden. 

But adding a water feature or small fountain is a sure way to bring the serenity of the mountains to your doorstep.

4. Gardens and Lawns

Many landscaping companies noticed their clients are trying to cut back on the general maintenance of the home.

A large lawn might look appealing from the curb but it also means higher water bills and hours spent cutting the grass. 

Smaller lawns look just as great — with a lot less yardwork and a lot more relaxing. 

In 2020, people fell in love with extending the idea of small, low-maintenance projects to the backyard with sustainable veggie patches and vertical gardens.

5. Hardscapes and Drainage

If you’ve noticed rusty pipes and leaking drains this fall — you’re not alone.

The problem is, updating your drains is expensive and doesn’t always fix the long-term issues.

If the ground surrounding your home is sloping towards the foundation or your pipes were installed incorrectly then permeable hardscapes are the perfect solution.

Permeable hardscapes draw water away from the house and add attractive contrast between sections. They look great and they’ll keep your backyard retreat preserved for a long time.

Ready for your staycation?

If you’re ready to transform your outdoor living space into the ultimate vacation-at-home, then try incorporating some of these trends.

Or if you’d rather avoid the frustration of doing it all yourself, call Torchwood Landscaping and we’ll help you build the outdoor space that you’ll love to come home to.