Landscaping Ideas for 2019

Landscaping is the front line of curb appeal for purposes of either marketing real estate or taking pride in your home, and landscaping goes through constant trends and revivals. Here are a few of the top landscaping ideas and approaches trending for 2019, just in time to do some sprucing up for entertainment during Derby Festival!

Wabi-Sabi, a “Hands Off” Approach to Landscaping

Wabi-Sabi Garden
Wabi-Sabi Garden

Have you heard of the term “wabi-sabi”? In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the beauty of imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

The wabi-sabi approach to landscaping allows the owner get the garden started with selected varieties of native and/or introduced plants, and then lets nature take its course. It’s not for anyone, as it can result in a slightly wild-looking garden, but its growing popularity says something about trends toward natural. Wabi-sabi is a new take on what was traditionally called the “cottage garden”, where there isn’t a specific theme. Over time, gardening has become stressful. If you are worried about your garden requiring too much time and maintenance, consider this approach in 2019.

Clinical, Crisp Gardens

People with modern homes and tastes are opting for a more clinical, clean look for landscaping ideas. Examples could be buying trees and shrubs of similar height, especially evergreens, and investing in regular cleaning and pruning for design and symmetry. Instead of overgrowing greenery, the trees and flowers are kept to a minimum for a sleek aesthetic.

Old World Charm

old world charm garden
Old World Charm Garden

This trend sees everything from reclaimed wood to cobblestones making a purposeful reappearance in gardens. It can create an elegant and cozy feel. Consider investing in outdoor lighting to really let the different elements blend in.

Maximizing Views

An increasing number of homeowners are planning the outside view from the internal perspective, focused on creating great vistas from inside their homes and from their patios, especially if entertainment is a regular family tradition. Instead of focusing on your garden’s design from the outdoors, think of what you will see from inside to create calming, beautiful views for your family and guests.


Paved surfaces can be an economical, attractive and multi-functional way to reduce maintenance of grass and flora while managing water drainage across your property. When planning gardens into design of concrete patios, walks and parking areas, the colors of your selected annuals, perennials and evergreens become your own living painting on a canvas of your choosing. This is a great approach for homeowners who want a functional space or an entertainment area for seasonal barbecues.

If you are thinking of sprucing up your home’s exterior or planning concrete projects of any type, and need landscaping ideas, contact us at Kentuckiana Home Services. We can conceptualize your garden for optimal benefits of form, function and year-round enjoyment.