Are you wondering about the hot new landscape design trends for 2019? It may only be February but we’re starting to see a few things take shape.
One. Waste is out and conservation is in.
Water conservation concerns are making ‘xeriscaping’ (also known as drought-tolerant landscaping) more popular than ever. And we’re not talking about a bunch of gravel and a few cacti. Today’s drought-tolerant landscaping is lush and absolutely gorgeous.
Energy efficiency is also something we see trending in 2019. Today’s cool LED bulbs produce the same white light of regular bulbs but need only a fraction of the electricity to operate.
Also popular are natural stone (who doesn’t love it?) and synthetic turf. I bet that last one surprised you, didn’t it? Well, this isn’t your father’s synthetic turf!
So, here’s a deeper look at what we see as the top 5 landscaping design trends for 2019:
Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping
If you live in an arid or semi-arid climate it can cost a lot of money to water your plants if they aren’t right for the local environment. Sometimes, a lot of money. After all, water isn’t cheap.
Fortunately, there is a solution and it’s a landscape design trend gaining popularity in 2019. It goes by a variety of names including drought-tolerant landscaping, xeriscaping (from “xeros”, the Greek word for dry), and water-conserving landscaping. (We’re using all three terms in this article.)
The concept behind drought-tolerant landscaping is simple. It’s about creating beautiful landscapes using plants and techniques that don’t require a lot of water. Because this often means using plants native to the local environment and/or climate, the plants (and the techniques) used in xeriscaping will vary from area to area.
- Reduces water usage significantly because the plants and techniques use rainfall effectively
- Is both budget-friendly and easy to maintain
- Helps the environment because it doesn’t require extensive use of fertilizers
Drought-tolerant landscaping sometimes gets confused with something called ‘natural landscaping’. The difference is that natural landscaping is about using native plants while drought-tolerant landscaping is about using plants that don’t require a lot of water. Of course, drought-tolerant landscaping does use native plants. Quite often, in fact. However, the only requirement for drought-tolerant landscaping is using plants that can thrive in a dry environment.
Energy Efficient LED Lighting
Another landscape design trend for 2019 is LED bulbs. LED bulbs convert electricity into light using semiconductor technology and have been around for a while now. People often associate them with a rather unpleasant bluish light. However, today’s LED bulbs can put out a soft, white light that’s virtually indistinguishable from other bulbs.
There are several advantages to using LED bulbs in landscape design. LED bulbs…
- According to the US Department of Energy, residential LED bulbs last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
- Don’t need to be replaced as often as other bulbs.
- Need only a small amount of electricity to operate compared with other bulbs. This energy efficiency means you pay a smaller electric bill every month.
- Are cooler.
- Don’t require extensive installations involving PVC pipes and high voltage in your yard.
LED bulbs do cost a bit more up front. However, the lifespan and energy efficiency of LED bulbs will more than make up for the higher upfront cost.
If you find this 2019 landscape design trend a bit puzzling, you’re not alone. A lot of people associate synthetic turf with the less than natural looking primary green color of miniature golf courses. However, high-quality synthetic turf now resembles natural grass with color that looks great year-round and won’t fade over time. We use it a lot in driveways and decks as well as full lawns.
Synthetic turf is gaining popularity for two reasons: It’s easy to maintain and doesn’t require water to keep it looking good.
Synthetic turf is also an increasingly popular choice because it…
- Can last 15-20 years.
- Doesn’t provide an environment for pests like insects and rodents.
- Allows you to use turf in areas where it isn’t feasible to grow natural turf. Rooftops, for example.
There are a couple of downsides to synthetic turf that you might want to consider though….
- It’s significantly more expensive than natural turf.
- Synthetic turf gets hot in the summer sun.
Natural Stone Work
We’re not sure that landscaping with natural stone ever went out of style. Whether it’s stacked stone borders, natural stone veneers (made from real – not manufactured – stone), or stone ground covers…everyone has always loved natural stone.
But, right now it’s more popular than ever, especially with those who want a landscape design with a natural appearance. Its many uses include edging for plant beds, cut stone for patios, and stepping stones for paths.
Shade structures enhance your outdoor living experience by protecting you from the rain, sun, or heat and they most certainly aren’t limited to umbrellas. Among the shade structures trending for landscape design in 2019 are…
- Pergolas – A pergola is a 4-post freestanding structure that’s often covered with climbing or trailing plants. Pergolas come in a variety of styles and can have either a waterproof canopy or a more natural looking open-air lattice covering.
- Trellises – Trellises with leafy climbers are great for creating a gorgeous Mediterranean look.
Treasurescapes is a State of Florida licensed and insured landscape design and installation firm with more than 30 years of experience making customers happy by creating and installing beautiful landscapes.