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At the start of the new year, we predicted two main landscaping trends for 2024. Last month we broke down the first trend. Today, we will shed more light on our second predicted trend and offer ideas on how to transform your current landscape using this new trend.

This landscaping trend seamlessly integrates with the latest interior design movements. If you home is adorned with moody, dark, modern aesthetics, incorporating these upcoming landscaping trends will elevate your outdoor space to match the allure of your interiors.

Minimalist Gardens

In the realm of landscaping, less is often more. Minimalist gardens are taking center stage in 2024, characterized by clean lines, monochromatic color schemes, and geometric layouts. The simplicity of these landscapes offers a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic that complements the modern interior trends seamlessly. Paired with the minimal look, we often will select low maintenance plants, such as ornamental grasses and evergreens, for these gardens to not only have a clean look but less work on your end to keeping the garden looking nice.

Dark Colored Flowers & Plants

For those craving a touch of drama in their outdoor oasis, consider incorporating muted, dark shades and moody hues such as burgundies and blacks into your landscape. For example, incorporating plants such as Ninebark, Vision in Red Astilbe, Russian Sage, Weigela will offer depth and darkness into your color scheme. We suggest that this bold choice can add a sense of mystery and elegance to any outdoor space, aligning perfectly with the moody vibes of contemporary interiors.

Silver-Hued Plants

To contrast the dark colored plants, we recommend adding silver-hues plants like lamb’s ear, blue fescue, curry plant, and dusty miller to brighten up your landscape while maintaining a modern ambiance. These plants not only contribute to visual interest but also infuse a refreshing and contemporary feel into your outdoor environment. Our landscape designers will strategically place these silver-hued plants across the landscape to draw your attention across the entire yard.

Night Gardens

Living in Minnesota we understand the value of daylight, especially in the colder months when sunset seems to be earlier and earlier each day. Imagine a garden that comes to life after sunset, strategically placed lighting that creates a magical and enchanting atmosphere. Our designers encourage the incorporation of raised garden beds with carefully planned lighting to enhance your outdoor experience. These night gardens are a great space to extend the daylight hours, offer additional spots for entertainment, and add an extra layer of allure to your property.

Contrasting Pavers

Make a bold statement with the design of contrasting pavers. Use light gray pavers paired with dark gray borders or vice versa. This dynamic trend brings a visually striking element to your outdoor setting, echoing the modern aesthetic found within your home. A walkway or patio does not have to be boring. Rather another statement piece to your landscaping that inspires a space of entertainment and memories.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Bring the aesthetics of the inside of your home outside with multifunctional features such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, comfortable seating, and ambient lighting. Our designers would encourage you to embrace creativity by incorporating fun textures, colors, and styles into your outdoor environment. This can be done with unique and modern outdoor furniture, pots, and other statement pieces. Your outdoor space should be a unique extension of your home.

We hope you use these trends as inspiration to push past the stereotypical landscaping and work with us to create a space that reflects your unique style. By incorporating minimalist gardens, dark-colored plants, silver-hued flora, night gardens, contrasting pavers, and multifunctional outdoor spaces, your landscape can become a true reflection of your home’s style. Embrace the trends, visit our website,, to schedule a consult with one of our designers to see how we can make a total transformation of your landscape or take small steps to incorporate some new aspects into your existing landscape.