As the 2010s come to a close and we prepare to enter 2020, there is a huge shift in focus when it comes to landscaping. Homeowners are looking for less maintenance, more sustainability, and other trends. In the 2020 Garden Trends Report, they outline many trends to watch for in the next decade.

Here's how you can incorporate some of these trends in your FishHawk yard and other surrounding areas in Florida such as Lithia, Valrico, and Brandon.

1. Reduce household waste by up to 40% with sustainable gardening practices.

Custom landscaping with hibiscus flowers in Lithia, FL.

Creating a sustainable garden will be important in the next decade as we work to reduce the negative effects of pollution. As of now, if we continue deforestation and other practices, our soil will be devoid of nutrients and minerals by 2050, according to the United Nations Food & Agricultural Association. By creating a sustainable garden with composting, you can help reduce your household waste by up to 40% and restore your soil with much-needed organic micronutrients.

2. Create a space that's safe for important aspects of our ecosystem, such as pollinators and frogs.

You can also work to create a frog-friendly space. According to the 2020 report, 1 out of every 3 amphibians are listed as endangered. Frogs are an important part of our local Tampa Bay ecosystem, as they eat harmful pests such as mosquitoes and insects that damage plants. Make sure not to introduce any non-native species, as we already have problems in the area with bufo toads and others that are toxic to pets.

A sustainable garden will also attract pollinators, giving them a safe place to live and letting them provide your plants with the pollen they need to grow and flourish. Many want to make a pollinator garden in their space, as there is a concern that the pollinator population is declining.

3. Landscapes in 2020 will become more low-maintenance and natural.

Palm trees and tropical plants at a residential property in Valrico, FL.

There is a definite push for landscaping to become more low-maintenance and use natural plants. When non-native plants are used, it means the landscape requires more watering, more fertilizing, and other services that can sap up our resources. Installing plants that are native to our area can create a low-maintenance spot in your FishHawk yard that is still beautiful. Native plants of the Tampa Bay area include:

  • Crotons
  • Petra
  • Salvias
  • Pentas
  • Pygmy date palms
  • And many more!

4. Indoor gardens continue to increase in popularity.

You can create a mini-garden inside your home, too. Indoor plants have many health benefits. In fact, research shows that certain types of houseplants—in just one day—can remove up to 87% of toxins in your air. According to NBC News, indoor plants can also help improve productivity and reduce stress, which is important for 2020 as many are beginning to work remotely from their homes. Popular plants for in-home gardens include succulents, cacti, Echevarria, indoor aloe, orchids, bromeliads, and more.

Make sure you choose pet-friendly indoor plants if you have a dog or cat who's prone to chewing on things.

5. Blue plants and flowers will be big in 2020.

Blue, particularly indigo, is going to be a big color for 2020. From salvias to hydrangeas, there are several gorgeous plants you can choose to install in your FishHawk landscaping. Also, consider blueberry bushes or an indigo plant pot to spotlight this color even more.

Need help planning out your 2020 landscaping? Our landscape consultants are standing by.

Tropical croton plants in a mulch landscape bed.

At Lithia Landscape & Design, we offer landscape consultation, as well as design and installation. If you're thinking about revamping your landscaping for 2020 and need help with the planning, we service properties in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and nearby Tampa Bay, FL areas. Give us a call today at (813) 927-0429 to set up an estimate!