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5 Trends in Landscape Design

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Some landscaping preferences will last forever. The primal appeal of fire features will endure for years to come, and the function and beauty of outdoor lighting is indisputable. But what changes are on the horizon for the landscape design industry? What innovations lie in store?

The National Association of Landscape Professionals has issued their report on what to look for in 2020. Here are their findings, along with our own ideas about what's a fad and what's here to stay.

Complex Hardscaping Patterns

Herringbone, chevrons, lattice, waves, basket weave, Versailles pattern – interior tile layouts are coming to the backyard. We can confirm, this burgeoning trend has been building steam over several years. We've installed more complex patio and hardscapes than we can count! Blending materials, colors, patterns, and textures to create visual interest and spatial division.

Next-level hardscapes


Patios of natural stone, classic brick, and concrete pavers with industry-leading warranty.

Outdoor Living at Every Level

Empty nesters in the process of moving back to Minnesota from California, these homeowners envisioned a tranquil and relaxing backyard with a walk-out patio with wood burning fireplace. Upstairs, they wished for a private dining patio close to their kitchen.

Paver Basketball Court and Driveway

Play all day. Rough gravel driveway transformed into a one-of-a-kind backyard paver driveway with an inlaid basketball court.

Streamlined and simple designs

Restrained color palettes, continuous rectilinear lines, geometric patterns – modern and contemporary visual influences are gaining favor in landscape design. However, this trend doesn't stop with looks. Beyond aesthetics, landscape designers are also looking for ways to reduce complexity when it comes to landscape maintenance by incorporating multi-season functionality and hardy native plants.

Contemporary designs

Sleek Patio Design and Installation

Modern lines, fine pavers, detailed patio and a simple color palette with vibrant garden accents.

Dream Home Landscape

Luxurious modern landscape design complements this Rustic Belgian inspired dream home.

Modern Backyard Patio

A simple backyard for modern sensibilities. This small landscaping project created a space for spending time with friends and family in Cottage Grove.

1,000 Shades of Blue

Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, and PPG have all picked variations of deep and classic blues as their "color of the year." As technology surges ahead and we race to catch up, blue offers us the restful tranquility of the open sky and deep ocean. To add touches of the hue, homeowners could consider a blue sculpture or water feature. To incorporate shades of blue into gardens, look to plants such as blue fortune, delphinium, hydrangea, globe thistle or grape hyacinth.

Blue tones in action

Award-Winning Small Yard

Minneapolis backyard landscaping includes a dining area, water feature, sunning patio, night lighting, and edible garden without feeling cramped.

Front Porch Perfection

Front yard landscape design increased the curb appeal of this Minneapolis home and saved a decades-old oak tree in the process.

Pool With A View

A national award-winner. Peaceful outdoor living with wetland views, bluestone pool deck, colorful gardens, and hot tub.

No more cookie-cutter gardens

Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. And it's no wonder. Besides the joy of seeing the landscape transform, it has been proven that gardening is good for your health. Even if you don't have a green thumb, a tailored garden design can serve as a relaxing escape for everyone. From robust edible gardens tended by the homeowners, to simple container gardens maintained by a service – in 2020 the perfect garden for you is within your reach.

Gorgeous gardens

Garden Design

Award-winning formal, cottage, low-maintenance, and north woods style garden designs. Featuring perennials, annuals, vegetables.

Backyard National Forest

Steep slope transformed into a backyard inspired by nature. More than a patio! This design includes a backyard waterfall, stream, fire circle, and fly-fishing pond.

Historic Reflections

Minnesota Historical Society guided the restoration of this Summit Avenue home's original reflecting pool, brickwork, and gardens.

Water Conservation

Technology has always been a driver in our industry, and now it's being put to use for both convenience and conservation. High-tech irrigation systems that deliver the right amount of water, at the right time, and are controllable from a smartphone are helping homeowners maximize efficiency.

Conservation in action

Protecting Water Quality in Minnesota

Learn how Southview Design works to protect Minnesota's precious waters from erosion, reduce runoff, and create habitats for native plants and animals.

Private Lakeside Paradise

Five years in the making, this secluded backyard will take your breath away. Overcoming significant construction challenges to combine lake access and a private pool.

No-Mow Forest Backyard

This backyard blends modern and natural elements together to create a low-maintenance outdoor living space with a plunge pool, terraced patios, a fire table, water feature, and a outdoor great room.

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