The predictions for the year’s landscape trends keep coming — just in time for spring.

We dive into Monrovia‘s predictions for the latest landscape fads. The perennial, shrub and ornamental grower predicts the rise of crisp whites and calming blues in flower beds, as well as the return of nostalgic plants in pale shades, such as peonies, begonias, foxgloves and gardenias.

Shapes, textures and sizes continue to shift the landscape focus into something more dynamic and interesting—whether it’s the growth of geometric-shaped beds or the increase in dwarf plant varieties.

Technology is aiding the discovery of bigger, bolder plant varieties or those that produce double blooms for double the impact—giving plants a little bit of their own moments in the social media spotlight.

Speaking of spotlights, landscape lighting remains hot, extending the hours in the landscape beyond nightfall. Continued advancements in LED technology are making this possible, bringing energy savings, warmer colors and advanced control capabilities.

Softscapes naturally pair well with their hardscape counterparts to form the perfect landscapes. Hardscape manufacturer Belgard also released some of the key trends it expects to see this year.

  • Outdoor kitchens will continue to increase in popularity.
  • Fire features will continue to show up in homeowners’ landscapes.
  • Large format pavers are in demand for patios.
  • Driveways will increasingly be built with permeable pavers.
  • Dark trim colors on fireplaces, wood boxes, grill islands and brick ovens will turn regular outdoor features into focal points.

Hardscapes do seem to be stealing the spotlight. Outdoor furniture continues to be extending beyond just a patio set or dining table and chairs. The furniture and fabric for outdoor accessories are just as varied as they are for interiors now. Beyond outdoor dining grows the bigger concept of total outdoor relaxation.

There will also continue to be a desire for more color in outdoor structures like fences and arbors being painted dark green or dark blue versus boring browns or grays, creating a dramatic backdrop for the landscape plants surrounding them.

These trends surely create a mountain of possibilities for you to explore in your clients’ landscapes. What are the trends happening in your market? What are your clients demanding?