Every year, a new list of top trends appears. There’s a top-trending list for just about anything you can think of, and landscaping is no exception. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) provides an annual list of the latest trends for residential and commercial landscaping. So what made the list for 2018?

This year’s trends are all based on outdoor living, which has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past several years. People are wanting outdoor living spaces that are both beautiful and functional – spaces where they can entertain friends and family, or just relax after a hard day’s work.

Whether you’re looking for a whole new landscape experience for your yard or you’re just looking to freshen up your current landscaping, these trends will surely plant some ideas in your head!

Experiential Design

Outdoor Chess Board Landscape Trend

As the name implies, one of the top trends focuses on the experience. Experiential landscape design aims to please the senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Incorporating experiential landscape design into your outdoor space – residential or commercial – is sure to make a dazzling impression. What makes for a great landscaping experience?

  • Walkways and bike paths
  • Well-place lighting
  • Audio/visual systems
  • Kitchens, dining areas and bars
  • Fire pits
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Games

Climate Control

Fire Pit Outdoor Landscape


No, landscaping can’t control the weather. But landscaping elements can work with Mother Nature to ensure comfort in all seasons. Gazebos, retractable awnings, fire pits and patio heaters can help you enjoy your outdoor space in all kinds of weather conditions.



Water Conservation and Management

Southern Blue Flag Landscape Color

Designing sustainable and eco-friendly landscapes is critical now more than ever. Landscape design and water features that maximize efficiency can enhance an outdoor space and help conserve our precious resources. Indigenous plants use less water than exotic plants, and improvements in irrigation technology make water management easier. The practice of xeriscaping can also help with water conservation.


Better Tools

3D Landscape ModelModern technology extends to the landscaping industry. Not only are today’s lawn and garden tools more environmentally friendly, they can also be more compact. Leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other equipment can produce less emissions, operate quietly and run on batteries instead of fuel. Their compact features take up less space and allow for easy storage. Professional landscape designers also use the newest technology including 3D models and drones to plan the perfect outdoor space.


Colors and Patterns

Clematis Purple Landscape TrendPatterned plants are making their way into landscape design in 2018, as are bright colors. Pantone designated ultra violet 2018’s Color of the Year, so look for purple hues throughout gardens. Why ultra violet? According to the Pantone website, “the color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.” Furthermore, the use of purple in certain living spaces “…energizes the communities that gather there and inspires connection.” We can’t think of a better reason to incorporate purple into your outdoor living space!


Chakur Design Group can help you design the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of – one that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends and family. A great space where you can entertain or just unwind at the end of the day. For ideas on how you can incorporate these latest landscape design trends into your yard, give us a call. If you can dream it, we can build it!