If you’re considering a landscape upgrade or a complete makeover, you may be interested in knowing what the latest trends are. Many homeowners are treating their outdoor living spaces as extensions of their homes, including comfort and amenities. But it’s worth knowing what will stand the test of time and what will make your landscape look dated all too quickly. Here are landscape companies’ favorite spring trends for Newport, RI, landscapes.

Permeable Surfaces

As more and more land is being paved, there is rising concern about runoff. Fortunately, there’s a great solution for your driveway, walkways, and patio areas: permeable pavers. Concrete pavers aren’t pervious, but the joints between them are larger and the jointing sand used is larger in diameter, which allows water to percolate through to the ground below. This is particularly useful on driveways because if water is allowed to drain away, it won’t puddle or run off. And, you still get the high-end, luxury look of pavers that give your curb appeal a big boost. 

Since concrete pavers come in a huge range of styles, colors, shapes, textures, and finishes, it’s easy to find the perfect look that will give your driveway, walkways, and outdoor living areas a fresh, chic look and the satisfaction of knowing that it’s a more eco-friendly option than a solid surface. Let your creativity shine with interesting laying patterns, borders, accents, and inlays. You can be sure your outdoor spaces won’t be cookie cutter replicas of your neighbors’ designs!

Sophisticated Outdoor Lighting 

A great lighting design creates the perfect mix of ambience and safety. The days of a high-wattage bulb mounted to the home’s siding are gone. (Who wants to light up the whole neighborhood and cast stark shadows at the same time?) Today’s landscape lighting offers many ways to illuminate spaces for safety while creating interest. Special techniques like moonlighting or silhouetting make your landscape into a work of art after dark.

Zen-like Tranquility

We all need a quiet, serene place in nature to escape from the hectic pace of modern life. Natural serenity is a big trend in modern landscape design. The use of lush monochromatic plantings, living or natural (wood) privacy fencing, water features, and simple minimalist design will transform any corner of your backyard into a retreat just perfect for relaxing with a good book or an afternoon nap.

Add to the tranquility by choosing large-format pavers that minimize joint lines for a sleek and uncluttered space. Today, you can get 24” square pavers, or large plank-like pavers in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes to suit your individual style. 

Warmth and Ambience

More and more homeowners are installing permanent fire features (outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, or fire tables) to create a warm, cozy gathering place and a way to extend the outdoor season into the cooler months. 

Shelter

Creature comforts mean protection from the elements. If you need protection from the sun, a stylish pergola brings a touch of sophistication to an outdoor living space. If you want protection from rain or snow a solid-roofed pavilion is the ultimate in multi-season outdoor living, especially if you add an outdoor fireplace, TV, sound system, mini-bar, and plush furniture.

Outdoor Cooking

If you’re a serious cook who likes to do more than grill and find yourself running back and forth to the kitchen for ingredients or cookware, consider a full outdoor kitchen with the same amenities you enjoy indoors. Add an outdoor bar, and you’ll keep your guests entertained while you whip up your latest gourmet dish.

We’re here to help you transform your landscape into a dreamscape you’ll be thrilled to come home to!