NALP predicts top 5 landscape trends for 2018

January 26, 2018 -  By
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NALP predicts that purple and patterned flowers will be a trend in 2018. Photo: iStock/gmnicholas

The National Association of Landscape Professionals released its official list of the top landscape trends for 2018.

“The top 2018 landscape trends reflect an evolution of the outdoor living trend we’ve seen grow in popularity over the past few years,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs at NALP. “Stimulated by a healthy economy, homeowners and property managers are innovating their landscapes in fun, new ways. Recognizing the tremendous value that beautiful and functional landscapes bring to homes and commercial properties, today’s landscapes are built to last so they can be used and enjoyed through all the seasons, year after year.”

NALP predicts the following trends for 2018:

1. Experiential landscape design.Today’s landscapes are thoughtfully and creatively built for living, working and playing and bring together form and function for a quality outdoor experience. More residential landscapes feature designated areas for cooking, dining, relaxing and even working outdoors, armed with fully integrated outdoor lighting and audio/visual systems for a multisensory and multiuse experience, day or night. Office landscapes more frequently include walking and bicycle paths, dining areas or gardens to enhance the employees’ experience. For both residential and commercial landscapes, the experience often begins at the entrance, with plantings, design elements and beautiful lawns that make a welcoming or wowing first impression.

2. Climate-cognizant landscaping. Unpredictable weather patterns call for landscape enhancements that withstand extreme conditions and allow spaces to be enjoyed on unseasonably cool or warm days. More landscapes are planned with the unexpected in mind, such as pergolas with retractable canopies that can protect outdoor areas in wind, rain and snow; outdoor heaters for patios on chillier nights; and hardier hardscape materials that can handle drastic temperature fluctuations.

3. Emphasis on water management and conservation. A buzzword for years, sustainability in landscaping is more than a trend; it influences how landscapes are created and maintained now and in the years to come. In particular, the integration of ecofriendly watering practices are expected to continue to take off in 2018, including the use of plants native to a region (which generally use less water), xeriscaping (planning a landscape to use low-water use plants) and smarter irrigation technology.

4. Enhanced equipment and technology.The latest yard tools on the market consider ease of use and storage while incorporating more ecofriendly innovations. Many lawn mowers, leaf blowers and similar equipment feature low or no emissions, are battery-powered and are quieter. Many lawn and garden tools are also designed to stack or fold to fit in the garage or shed. Professionals are also integrating more technology—mobile apps, 3D modeling and drones—into landscape planning.

5. Plants in playful colors and patterns. While the simple elegance of greenery was all the rage last year, 2018 will see a renewed interest in adding pops of color and whimsy to landscapes. With ultra violet named the Color of the Year by Pantone, a provider of color systems and an influencer on interior and exterior design, landscape professionals expect to integrate more violets, verbena, clematis, iris and other purple flowers into landscapes. “Patterned” plants are also getting their time in the garden spotlight, as these unique plants are revered for their intricate details, such as striped leaves or brightly colored veins.

These five trends are based on a survey of NALP’s members and drawn from the expertise of landscape professionals representing various regions of the U.S.

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