What will define outdoor spaces in 2020? The National Association of Landscape Professionals gives its list of top trends, including more personalized gardens and multi-season functionality.

By Bryce Jones
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A Midwest winter can make spring feel like a lifetime away, but that's all the more reason to think ahead. To turn your backyard into a trendy personal oasis (and get yourself in a warm-weather mindset), here's what you'll see in lawn and landscape design this year, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Ornate, geometric hardscaping

Popular interior decor patterns like waves, lattice, chevron and basket weave are making their way into hardscaping. Incorporate these designs into your walkway, patio, retaining walls and/or fire features.

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Contemporary and transitional landscape design

There’s no generational divide when it comes to what gardeners want in their landscapes: modern, sleek and simple. Function is just as important as flair, "as more homeowners are selecting elements that can survive a range of temperatures, such as native plants, heat lamps and protective structures,” the association says.

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 Bountiful shades of blue

From cobalt to navy, rich blue is making waves in outdoor spaces this year. The NALP recommends adding these tones through a sculpture or water feature, or naturally incorporate them in your garden with plants such as delphiniums, hydrangeas and grape hyacinths.

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 Your style, your garden design

The best way to get make sure your food is fresh and sustainable? Grow it yourself! Planting your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs gives you the ability to create a personal, farm-to-fork menu, and homeowners are becoming more aware of how to do so. If you’re tight on space, container gardens, vertical gardens and interior-scaping are potential options.

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One-click, remote irrigation

More homeowners are relying on high-tech irrigation systems that can “deliver just the right amount of water to a lawn or landscape,” and are controlling them with WiFi, Bluetooth and smartphone apps, the NALP says. In addition to being easy to use, these systems conserve water and ultimately save money.

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