Pergolas, metals, and pinks will be the leading landscape cravings of 2019, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals. The NALP surveyed 1 million of its landscaping professionals to predict the hot trends that will influence the design and maintenance of backyards across the country.
“Homeowners yearn for beautiful outdoor spaces without the hassle of upkeep,” says Missy Henriksen, the NALP’s vice president of public affairs. “This year’s trends reflect current lifestyle preferences as well as innovations happening in the industry that are transforming landscapes across the country.”
NALP predicts the following trends will have the biggest influence on outdoor spaces in the new year:
1. Two-in-one landscape design. “Functional elements are no longer a perk, but rather a necessity in today’s landscapes, as consumers desire stunning outdoor features that have been cleverly designed to serve a dual tactical purpose,” according to the NALP. This might include an edible vertical garden on a trellis that also doubles as a privacy fence; a retaining wall that also includes built-in seating for entertaining, or a colorful garden bed that divides properties.
2. Automated lawn and landscape maintenance. “The latest technology and equipment allow tasks to be more streamlined and environmentally efficient than ever before,” the NALP says. For example, robotic lawn mowers are rising in popularity, and programmable irrigation systems and advanced electrical systems are proving to be extensions of smart homes.
3. Pergolas. Pergolas constructed of wood or composite material are getting major upgrades, such as roll-down windows, space heaters, lighting, and sound systems. “When paired with a luxury kitchen, seating area or fire feature, pergolas can become the iconic structure for outdoor sanctuaries,” according to the NALP.
4. Pink hues. Pops of coral and blush are predicted to be added to more landscapes this year. Pantone’s pick of Living Coral as its 2019 Color of the Year has more landscape professionals predicting the rich shade of pink will pop up outdoors, especially through fresh blooms of roses, petunias, zinnias, and hibiscus in flower beds. Lighter blush tones will also become “the new neutral” in landscaping, the NALP predicts.
5. Metals. “Whether homeowners want a bold statement or whimsical touch, incorporating metals can bring new dimensions to landscape design,” according to the NALP. Metals may be incorporated in decorative art and water features or through outdoor furniture and accessories.