2023 Landscape and Garden Trends
What's hot in 2023? Simplicity, sustainability and serenity top the charts.
If you’re looking to update or enhance your home’s landscape, hardscape and gardens, now is a great time to work with a landscape designer in preparation for next year. While it’s a good idea to incorporate some timeless design elements, it’s also fun to add a few popular trends to your project.
Whether you crave a secluded spot, an entertaining space, a poolside lounge or a dedicated flower garden, consider these 2023 landscape and garden trends when working with a landscape design company to create your plan.
Incorporate the Color of the Year
According to Garden Media Group’s 2023 Garden Trends Report, the Color of the Year is terracotta. While not new, this classic color is being used in modern ways to add warmth and vibrancy to a decorating scheme.
Use terracotta as a highlight color amongst a more gentle, contemporary color palette by adding graphic patterns, cushions or rugs to your outdoor living area. Look for terracotta planters, pots and ceramics, or opt for blooms that feature the vibrant color themselves.
Grow Your Own Bouquets
Fresh-cut flowers can brighten any room in your house, so it’s only natural that a rise in flower farming has reached the gardens of an increasing number of homeowners. Growing your own cut flower garden will ensure there’s always a fresh supply of colorful options for homemade bouquets. From ideal locations to soil preparation and plant selection, working with a landscape professional makes it easy to create your ideal custom garden.
Mediterranean-style gardens are on the rise as younger generations embrace this ancient trend, causing statues and boxwood hedges to see a revival. These gardens, designed to stand up to the elements, are especially strategic for drought-conscious gardeners.
Examples of Greek elements to consider in your yard include stone walls, archways, statuary, gravel gardens and the use of symmetry. Key plants are hardy succulents, boxwood, roses, olive trees, bougainvillea and fragrant herbs.
In recent years, more and more homeowners are tearing out sections of their lawns and trading them for drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants. Meadow gardens are a top trend for the coming year for many reasons: they support pollinators, they don't require mowing, and they don’t need harmful chemicals to thrive.
A vertical garden instead of potted plants is ideal for a small space. Vertical garden design can add beauty, privacy and structural elements to your outdoor areas. Options include an arbor, trellis or pergola; hanging baskets or planter boxes; living walls; and fence shelving.
It seems as though the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic has increased the priority of creating calm, serene spaces — resulting in a rise in the use of natural materials for hardscaping. More homeowners are seeking natural stone pathways, boulder walls and stone patios, as well as incorporating small, secluded seating areas.
A growing number of homeowners are incorporating cottage-style gardens, in which a plethora of colorful and fragrant blooms burst from garden beds. This romantic planting style is slightly unstructured and often features the addition of whimsical decorations. Plants that bring charm to cottage gardens include foxglove, delphinium, phlox, allium, dianthus and yarrow, among others.
No matter the current trends, working with a design professional can help you elevate your yard. If you’re ready to get creative, we’d love to bring our custom landscape design process to your space. Learn more about gardens we’ve designed here or contact us for a consultation about how we can craft an outdoor space that is truly unique.