The Top Landscape Design Trends of 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has forever affected many parts of our daily lives, including the amount of time we spend in our home’s outdoor spaces. As people quarantined at home, our backyards became sanctuaries for family barbecues, game nights, and amateur gardening again. 

We’ve been loving the effort our customers are putting into their lawns and gardens these days! We’ve picked up on these landscape design trends of 2021 as more and more people are moving towards the use of natural and sustainable landscaping options:

Neutral colors

Huge color statements are out in 2021. Instead, opt for soothing, natural tones and hues that complement the local environment. Stone, wood, and brick looks are showing up in new designs everywhere, using whites, beiges, browns, and grays as primary colors. Search for Belgian design ideas for inspiration.

Can’t live without a little color in your life? Well, we recommend choosing colors found in nature to accent your outdoor spaces, such as grass greens and burnt siennas.

Ambient lighting

Harsh, bright, and neon lights are not part of the 2021 landscape trends. Instead, focus on creating soft, warm lighting that comes in customizable LED colors and automation. Research moonlighting and downlighting for some great ideas.

Native plants

Native plants are all the rage in 2021. These plants are low-maintenance, attractive, and draw in local wildlife. As a plus, they thrive in our local climate and are beneficial to the environment! Here in Florida, we can enjoy a variety of subtropical and tropical species in our outdoor spaces, including:

  • Bromeliads
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Hibiscus
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Carolina Jessamine
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Firebush
  • Liatris

Did we mention that using native plants can help keep your garden looking green and lush all year long?

Pollinator gardens

Pollinator gardens are on everyone’s backyard bucket list this year. Bring the birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard by planting:

  • Passionflower
  • Sunflowers
  • Pentas
  • Anise hyssop
  • Gaillardia
  • Purple coneflower

Functional areas

Many people began spending so much time in their home’s outdoor areas during 2020 that it’s no wonder there’s been such a shift to function in 2021. Homeowners finally realized the importance of optimizing their outdoor spaces to be secondary living spaces instead of just entertaining afterthoughts.

We recommend adding a veggie or herb garden for a quick and easy way to add functionality to your outdoor spaces. Planters are available in all kinds of designs and colors to complement your home’s aesthetic. If you already have a green thumb, consider a raised bed garden or container gardening! This is because adding levels to your backyard maximizes plantable square footage.

Food sources aren’t the only way to add functionality to an outdoor space. You can also plant shade-heavy trees and shrubs around outdoor play areas to keep them cool and safer for the little ones.

Sustainability is the trend-setter in 2021, with our outdoor spaces turning from bleak green voids to colorful, useful, and natural areas that maximize style and functionality. The team at Tropiscapes will incorporate the hottest landscaping trends into your outdoor spaces, upping your curb appeal and making your property the envy of the neighborhood. Call (813) 518-8487 or contact us online to schedule a quote today for our outdoor lighting, landscaping, and outdoor living services for your Tampa Bay property.

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