Massachusetts Landscaping: A Look In Time 

Posted on November 18, 2022

Fashion and food trends have evolved over the years as fads go in and out of style. The same thing happens with Massachusetts landscaping design. In the past century, landscaping has changed drastically. Here, our team from Cataldo takes a look at a few trends over the decades and how times have evolved. 


In the Roaring 20s, people used their land to connect with nature. Green shrubs and trees were abundant, and the area was designed to attract animals. Birdbaths and bird feeders were popular, and allowed people to enjoy bird watching from the comfort of their backyard.

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While you may have thought this sooner, roses didn’t become popular until the 30s. Many people planted extensive rose gardens that mimicked old English gardens. In fact, you can find heirloom roses today that are identical to the ones that existed in the 30s.


With war on everyone’s mind, many people turned to planting “victory gardens”. These gardens were a way for people to grow their own fruits and vegetables, so that more commercially-produced food could be sent to the troops. These gardens also allowed people to feel like they were contributing to the war in what ways they could, which helped with public morale.



The 50s brought an era of prosperity to the United States. This was reflected in the suburban landscape design where people took pride in the land they owned and reflected it by caring for it. Manicured lawns and fences around the property were typical, and colorful flowers bloomed everywhere.


The 60s brought a notion of family gatherings outdoors. Gatherings meant that large, open spaces on lawns and in garden areas became the preference. Thus, patio use grew in popularity for outdoor meals and events.

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A popular trend in this decade was edible landscaping. Gardens focused on vegetables, herbs, and fruits. The full landscape design would start with a few edible plants and grow around those core ingredients.


As computer use developed in the 80s, people began using technology to create elaborate Massachusetts landscape designs. Patterns and how the land looks from above became an essential element when creating these elaborate plans.  

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The DIY trend grew in the 90s with the rise of home improvement stores. This meant that landscaping became a personal project for many people—and not everyone was great at it. Yards varied widely depending on everyone’s tastes and skill levels.


From the early 2000s through today, many people have focused on saving the environment, and landscape designs reflect this. People choose to use plants that are native to the surrounding area, and gardens have a use—to provide food, or provide a place to put reusable waste like compost. The purpose of the garden comes before the aesthetic for many people, and each design choice considers the impact on the earth. 

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Massachusetts Landscaping Design with Cataldo Landscaping

When it comes to creating a breathtaking landscape design in Massachusetts, sometimes the job is best left to the professionals. At Cataldo Landscaping and Masonry, our team has the experience and expertise to guide, design, and create the landscape of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for more usable outdoor space with curb-appeal or a refresher on an outdated design, we’re here to help!

Contact Cataldo Landscaping today to start planning your landscape design for the Spring season! Remember to follow us on Facebook for all of the latest happenings and trends!