Advertiser Disclosure

The DIY Network’s Sara Bendrick Explains the 2019 Landscaping Trends

Creating the perfect outdoor space is not something that homeowners take lightly. Cutting your grass weekly is a good start, and incorporating Matt Blashaw’s outdoor lighting tips is also a step in the right direction.

But what else can you do? Well, the National Association of Landscape Professionals has released its top 2019 landscaping trends. And landscape designer Sara Bendrick, host of DIY’s “I Hate My Yard,” author of “Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home,” and a STIHL spokesperson, provides insight regarding the NALP’s report – and adds a few of her own landscaping trends.

Multi-functional designs are beautiful and practical.

Werner Muenzker/Shutterstock

Trend #1: Two-in-one landscape design

Gone are the days of an either/or landscape. “Many people have limited space, so creating a landscape with multi-purpose features can add substantial property value, in addition to being a conversation piece,” Bendrick says.  For example, a retaining wall can also double as seating, and instead of just a privacy fence, consider an edible garden on a trellis. “A fun example is creating a corn hole game on a back deck by building in corn hole boards flush to the deck with hinges. You can lift them open to play and put them back down when finished,” Bendrick says.

Trend #2: Automated lawn and landscape maintenance

Spending more time outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean spending more time working outdoors. And homeowners are looking for tools to make lawn care more convenient. “The latest in innovation includes smart sprinklers and robotic lawn mowers – but I recommend having a servicing dealer to do the initial install,” Bendrick says. “While it is great that so many landscape jobs are being automated, getting your hands dirty in the garden will never go out of style,” she says. However, you can incorporate technology while also feeling connected to your space.

Pergolas are versatile and practical.

Spiderstock/Getty Images

Trend #3: Pergolas

“Pergolas are always on trend in my book. I love them for many reasons, but primarily because they bring scale, detail and shade to a space, making it more interesting and inviting,” Bendrick says. And because they’re so versatile, she says more people are seeing the value of adding them in their landscapes. “Incorporate amenities to make them more comfortable for longer, such as misters, fans, space heaters, lighting, adjustable louvers, and pull-down shade screens.”

Peter Turner Photography/Getty Images

Trend #5: Pretty pink

Pops of color add pizazz to any landscape. Bendrick admits that pink traditionally leans feminine, but thinks colors, in general, are being seen as more gender neutral. “I expect to see pink used in both masculine and feminine designs,” she says. “A great way to incorporate pink would be to create a modern landscape with all white flowing plants, green foliage, charcoal concrete, a steel I-beam water feature and a pink accent wall.” Another trend is to use pink roses, hibiscus, petunias, and zinnias in flower beds to add pops of color.

Trend #6: Mesmerizing metals

“I love using raw materials, specifically metal in landscape design. They add a sense of permanency and strength,” Bendrick says. She recommends using metal panels for decoration, as well as function, such as a privacy screen. Other trends include using metals in furniture and water features. “While I am a big fan of metal, it does jump up the price of the landscape as it’s typically more expensive than wood or plastic alternatives,” she says.

Gardening is fulfilling and provides beauty and nutrition.

Irina Fisher/Shutterstock

Other landscaping trends

Bendrick is also noticing other trends and considerations in landscape design.

Organic gardening

“People are becoming more and more interested in what they are eating, where it came from, and how it was harvested, leading them to more traditional methods of gardening.” Bendrick says.

Going local

“Sourcing local materials and incorporating native plants are trending as people are trying to be more resourceful and reduce their footprint.”

Landscape updates increase property value

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Set the stage for buyers. “It’s easy to imagine yourself relaxing at a home with a well-maintained landscape, outdoor space and a full garden,” Bendrick says.  And she recommends creating a landscape that complements the home. Also, don’t just design for summer use. For example, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces</can help you entertain in the fall and winter months.


Related Articles

The 13 Best Backyard Plants to Grow for Privacy

Poet Robert Frost said it best, “Good fences make good neighbors.” But, barricading ourselves behind 8-ft. walls isn’t very practical, and in some cases, your homeowner’s association (HOA) may not even allow that, but creating a private oasis with plants may be the solution.  We’ve gathered some plants that let you be you, without worrying […]

Read More
16 Landscape Design Ideas for Your Front and Back Yards

Spending more time at home? Why not make the most of your outdoor spaces by giving them a refresh? You can extend your living square footage by converting a garden or patio into an inviting space. The right home landscaping can turn your yard into a place for a short break while working from home, […]

Read More
What to Do With All of Your Fall Leaves

One of the beautiful scenes every autumn is watching the leaves change colors into vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. But by the end of the season, the beauty disappears as the leaves fall to the ground. Then we’re left with the dilemma of what to do with these leaves. Like many people with […]

Read More