This article is by Jaclyn Crawford and published by Improvenet

 

The hottest of 2020’s landscaping trends are undoubtedly incorporating rocks into your outdoor designs. Combine this with water features and you’ve got most people’s idea of a true backyard oasis. It’s not all about rocks, though, with the rise of the staycation and lots of people sheltering, it’s more crucial than ever that your yard brings you peace and joy.

Edging, lighting, and a focus on making even the smallest outdoor spaces shine are other major garden design trends of 2020. Read on to discover an array of easy landscaping ideas to help you make the most out of your outdoor space.

 

2020 Landscaping Trends

Whether you’re researching how to upgrade your real estate in view of a sale or you simply want an outdoor living space that boasts the most modern backyard trends of 2020, we can help. Outdoor kitchens and ornate geometric shapes are still very much in vogue — but river rock gardens and beautiful waterfalls are stealing the spotlight as the top landscaping trends this year.

Simple landscaping ideas like getting new outdoor furniture or using rocks instead of mulch could transform your yard on a budget. 

Rock Landscaping Ideas

Rocks can be tiny or huge. You can use them in a minimal way, by creating a simple water feature with river rocks. Alternatively, you can go all out and use contrasting and matching rocks as the main design feature in your back or front yard. You can incorporate them into your garden, no matter what size it is, to add a refined yet natural look.

Rock Pathways

Bluestone sidewalks are a fashionable shade of blue that makes great pathways in-between areas of greenery and flower beds. One of the reasons rock landscaping is so popular is that it places nonliving rock next to lush, living plants. The more variety of textures you can incorporate into your yard, the more naturally beautiful it will look.

Retaining Walls

You can use large rocks to create a retaining wall. Not only does this give your home excellent curb appeal, but it also adds a clearly defined space for flower beds and adds depth to your landscaping design. A landscape architect can help you create the perfect retaining wall in your yard, especially if your home is on a slope.

Polished Gravel

There are hundreds of types of landscaping rocks. Perhaps one of the classiest of 2020’s landscaping trends is using polished gravel. Although it’s one of the more expensive options, it looks dramatic and eye-catching in contrast to the natural colors of your foliage.

An Eclectic Mix

You can create rockeries by carefully laying a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures of landscaping rocks. This works so well because it mimics nature in grouping random collections of patterns and items together.

River Rock Landscaping Ideas

If you plan to add water features to your yard, you’ll need a mixture of large landscape rocks or boulders and river rock. Whether you design a tranquil rock waterfall or create an entire water garden, river rocks are dense and come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors.

Finding Free Landscaping Rocks

Rocks can be expensive. If you plan on hiring a laborer to design and build your path — which we would strongly advise to get that perfect, professional finish — you might want to find creative ways to get hold of the stones. Some of the best ways are:

  • Try websites such as Freecycle or Craigslist
  • Go shopping at the curbside
  • Find a designated space for rockhounding
  • Ask a farmer
  • Visit construction sites

Landscape Edging Ideas

One of the finest ways to make your yard look neat and aesthetically pleasing is to add lawn edging. Some of the biggest edging garden design trends in 2020 include:

  • Brick borders
  • White stoned edging
  • Log layers
  • Smooth stone
  • Mini picket fencing
  • Decorative wire fence
  • Living edging

Landscape Lighting Ideas

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being forced indoors by the sun going down when you’re having fun outdoors. The most popular outdoor lighting design ideas right now include:

  • Bright security lighting for safety
  • Illuminated pathways
  • String lights
  • Lanterns
  • Deck lighting
  • Spotlighting

Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas

If you have a small backyard, there’s no reason you should feel limited in your landscaping designs. There are lots of ways you can turn your garden into your own little paradise.

Make A Living Wall

Living walls are all the rage and definitely one of the biggest landscape design trends in 2020. Although it takes a little while to procure, once you’ve nurtured it, the return will be outstanding. Not only will you feel like you’re surrounded by nature, but you’ll also have the ideal spot to take family photos and selfies.

Get Creative With Space

There are tons of ways to get creative with the space in your home. Vertical planters, a hanging chair, multifunction furniture, hanging planters, and string lights are all affordable ways to make the most out of your outdoor space. You can even convert a window into a bar hatch for your own makeshift outdoor bar.

Landscape Around Trees

A tree or two can be an excellent way to maximize your space. Fruit trees are a particularly nifty idea because they provide something useful for the space they occupy. You can even landscape around existing trees to add texture and depth to your yard’s design.

Front Landscaping Ideas

Front yard landscaping with rocks is the top design trend of 2020, but there are some other popular ideas to help your house stand out from the rest of the neighborhood:

  • Modern and minimalist
  • Gurgling water feature with river rocks
  • Rock garden with various types of stone
  • Mysterious stepping stones
  • Installing a trellis

You can manage most of these front yard landscaping ideas on a budget, particularly if you follow the above advice regarding free landscaping rocks for your yard.

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