Interested in sprucing up your yard with new landscape design ideas? You’ve come to the right place. No matter what time of year it is in North Carolina, it’s always a good idea to add some life and brightness to your lawn.

Let’s go over some of 2021’s most exciting landscaping design trends—and how you can use them to add lasting value and beauty to your lawn through the rest of 2020 and beyond. Here are 5 awesome landscaping trends in North Carolina:

Edible Gardens

North Carolina has a moderate climate that makes it easy to grow your own fruits and vegetables! That’s why sustainable, locally produced foods are so popular in central NC.

Here are some tips for taking advantage of the moderate weather and rich soil to grow your own edible garden in NC:

  • Plant a fruit tree! You’d be surprised to find out how many fruit trees can fit in even the smallest of spaces. Dwarf and semi-dwarf tree varieties don’t grow very tall, don’t require a ton of space, and can produce fruit in just a few years. Consider apples, figs, and peaches in particular as these adapt well to the North Carolina climate.
  • Cover the ground in your yard with strawberries, cucumbers, or melons. Strawberries need an area with well-drained soil that gets about 7 to 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. If you choose the right variety, you’ll enjoy beautiful early summer fruit every year!
  • Add Blueberry bushes to your lawn. These are a great way to add beauty to your yard as they can adapt to many different kinds of soil. They make a great year-round option for your landscaping needs.

Pollinator Garden

Saving the bees never looked so good! Pollinator gardens are a huge landscaping trend in 2021 due to their aesthetics and sustainability. The idea is to add a variety of pollinator-friendly plants to your yard to provide bees and other pollinators with extra sources of pollen. Planting a pollinator garden not only adds beautiful splashes of color to your yard, but it also helps save an important part of our ecosystem!

Some great plants for a central North Carolina pollinator garden include:

  • Purple coneflower
  • Bee balm
  • Great blue lobelia
  • Goldenrod

Blue, Blue, Blue

Blue Flowers for Landscaping 

Yes, the color blue is very popular when it comes to 2021 landscaping design trends. From blue furniture and outdoor decor to violet flowers and blue-hued fruit, this color is popping up everywhere in all different shades.

North Carolina has a huge variety of native blue plants—which is great for homeowners looking to add splashes of color to their lawn while promoting biodiversity and helping out pollinators! Here are some great plants and flowers to add a hue of blue to your NC lawn:

  • Pickerelweed
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Dwarf iris

Drought-Tolerant Plants & Foliage

What’s better than a lawn you don’t have to worry about? Low-maintenance plants and foliage, especially those that are drought-tolerant, are huge right now because they liven up your lawn and preserve water! There are many plants and foliage types that grow well in North Carolina that are also drought-resistant, making it easy to create a low-maintenance landscape that’s both beautiful and functional.

In particular, we highly recommend installing Bermuda grass on your North Carolina lawn as this species is very effective in our climate. You can read more about Bermuda grass on our blog!

Smarter Irrigation

Did you know that up to 50% of the water used for outdoor irrigation is wasted? A well-designed irrigation system provides your lawn with the correct amount of water throughout the year without letting any go to waste. In fact, one type of irrigation that’s grown increasingly popular throughout the state is “smart” irrigation that you can control with your smartphone or a carefully designed smart controller.

There are a variety of different smart irrigation systems designed to handle your specific lawn type. For example, some systems operate by actively monitoring moisture levels in your soil. Others use a pre-programmed water use curve based on regional data. No matter what type of smart irrigation you opt to try, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll be preserving water and saving money.

Add Landscape Design Trends to Your Lawn

Want to explore your landscaping options for your North Carolina lawn? Reach out to our team here at Peak Sodding for more information.