Landscaping Through the Years

Posted on December 28, 2017

Fashion and food trends have evolved over the years as fads go in and out of style. The same thing happens with landscaping design trends. In the past century, landscaping has changed drastically. Take a look at what trends have been in style, and consider a blast to the past for your yard.


In the Roaring 20s, people wanted to use 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 birdwatching from their own yard.


Roses became popular in the 30s, and many people planted extensive rose gardens. 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—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. This meant that large, open spaces on lawns and in garden areas were preferred. Patios were used often for outdoor meals and events.


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 computers to create elaborate landscape designs. Patterns and how the land looks from above became essential things to keep in mind for these plans.


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.

When you’re creating your perfect garden or landscape design, it’s worth keeping trends from history in mind. Do you want to recreate a classic look or move towards the future of design? Either way, we are available to help.