The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is predicted both fun and function to rise to the top in 2018 when it comes to designing your outdoor landscape space.

For 2018, we’ve already seen a rise in trends emphasizing the concept of providing pleasure to people in their gardens – whether it’s growing new food, providing a refuge for wildlife, or creating a place to relax and spend time with loved ones.

If you are looking for summer landscape inspirations, read on to see the top trends.

Using Plants That Thrive

No matter where you live, it’s important to choose plants that will thrive in your location. Gone are the days of exotic, high-maintenance plants in your landscape design. If you live in a geographic area that doesn’t see a lot of rain, try using drought-resistant plants. If your garden doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, choose plants and flowers that can flourish with minimal light.

Even when the heat is relentless and rain is scare, try plants like Black-Eyed Susans, Zinias, blanket flower, and various succulent or catci species, which just continue to soar in popularity.

In terms of lawns themselves, more and more homeowners are forgoing the traditional neatly manicured lawns for more unique styles like turfgrass and prairie-type mixes. Artificial turf is also making it onto the scene for its easy maintenance.

Embrace a Small Garden

These days, space is at a premium, but that doesn’t mean a small garden isn’t useful or attractive. These days, less is really more when it comes to small garden designs – even apartment and balcony gardening is becoming increasingly popular.

By enhancing the space that you have available, regardless of size, provides an area to express your creativity and style.

Here’s how it’s done: everything in your small garden needs to be multipurposed. For example, many homeowners are creating concrete planters not only to store the plants but as a stylish table or seating area.

Add in Some Low Level Woodland Plants for a Natural Feel

This summer, expect to see more low-level woodland-style planting. Mixing ferns, mosses, tufted grasses, and anemones is will work particularly well in tricky, shaded gardens. These add an exotic, yet natural element to your garden and seem like you are living in your own private oasis.

An Emphasis on Sustainability

This is another year where sustainability is growing in popularity among landscape designers. Sustainability is influencing the way landscapes are created and maintained. In particular, homeowners have had the desire to practice eco-friendly watering techniques, including the use of plants native to the region (which generally use less water), using low water plants, and smarter irrigation technology.

This practice is easier now more than ever thanks to the eco-friendly innovations in lawn equipment. This summer, look into various water management and conservation techniques like solar-powdered fountains.

For more ideas on the latest summer landscape design trends, contact us at (408) 761-3064 or contact our offices in Los Altos, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Willow Glen, CA or Los Gatos, CA and let us know how we can help you.