Summer is coming – it really is! And being outdoors in that gorgeous sunshine is a refreshing escape from normal, everyday life. It’s even more relaxing when you’re experiencing a beautiful landscape, too. 

Make that lush summer garden a priority this year. Gassen’s HOA property management services have the scoop on the landscaping trends for 2023!

Let us help you spruce up your outdoor spaces in no time, no matter what look you have in mind.

Plant Native Greens & Support Wildlife

Planting with Minnesota’s natural habitat in mind has become very popular in recent years. From pollinator gardens designed for local butterfly populations to flower beds inspired by native plants, bringing back our state’s natural environment is one of the best ways to beautify your HOA grounds and give back to wildlife. 

Along with the birds, insects, and small critters, home and property owners are also finding out how beneficial it is to plant local species. Minnesota plants are hardy and handle extreme weather well. Once planted, the maintenance and upkeep are minimal, allowing you more time to enjoy your garden. 

Check out the MN Department of Natural Resources website for more tips on starting a Minnesota plant garden.  

Start a Community Herb & Vegetable Garden

Build a sense of community within your community by starting a shared garden space where your residents can plant the herbs and vegetables they want.

Not only does this communal planting and harvesting experience bring people together, but it’s also a great way to encourage residents to think green in the carbon footprint sense. More individual planting and sharing of local fruits, veggies, and herbs promotes lower-carbon living, which is good for everyone. 

Incorporate Recycled Materials in Your Landscape

Continuing on the green living trend, 2023 is ushering in more eco-friendly and environmentally conscious landscaping materials. From repurposing bricks and paving stones to transforming plastic bottles into planters and wall art, the idea of reclaiming and reusing any material is on the rise. 

Mix and match wood, metals, and plastics for truly unique landscape designs, and save money by reusing what you already have on hand. 

Be a Birder in Your Own Backyard

Minnesotans have often been ahead of the trend when it comes to birding. Along with planting native plants, landscapes with specific features for local birds have been increasing across the state.

Since 2020, the Audubon Society has seen significant increases in sales of birdseed, bird feeders, bird baths, and even shrubs and trees that offer shelter and food for our winged friends. As a free way to disconnect from your busy life and engage in nature, birdwatching is an easy choice, as is creating a bird-friendly garden. 

Birding is also a yearlong activity. With plenty of birds sticking around all winter, you can enhance your garden with winter vegetation and heated bird baths that provide sustenance and water for them and encourage birds to stay in your yard year round. 

Create an Outdoor Haven Inspired By the Indoors

Bringing the indoors out to enjoy birdwatching fully and admire your landscape is also on the rise. From building expansive decks and custom patios to shade providing pergolas, people are renovating their outdoor spaces to transition into nature. 

And if you only add one element to your outdoor living space this year, consider making it an outdoor kitchen. Grilling, cooking, and entertaining outdoors is a 2020s trend that only keeps growing in popularity. 

To extend the summer season, incorporating heating accessories, like firepits or outdoor heat lamps, into outdoor living designs is another popular way to bring comfort to the community and make your landscape a more usable space deeper into the fall and winter. 

Decorate With Metal Accents

Another growing trend this year is to use metal, especially repurposed metals, as decorative accents throughout your lawn and outdoors as another way to pull indoor influences outside. 

Add metal benches along neighborhood walking paths, metal patio furniture under newly constructed pergolas, or calming metal water features nestled into flowering gardenscapes to create the finished touch on your landscaping. 

Add a Pool – Finally!

Don’t stall anymore when it comes to installing a swimming pool for your home or community. With people craving to be outside as much as possible, a personal or neighborhood pool is one of the most popular ways to fulfill this need. 

In fact, pool contractors across the country are busy renovating outdoor greens for staycation oases this year and are even booked into next year. Get your building request in now if you want to include a pool in your landscape redesign! 

Color With Viva Magenta & Cool Greens

While hot, vivacious pink flowering plants have always been a favorite for gardeners, Viva Magenta is also the Pantone color of the year. The vibrant tone is a stimulating and exhilarating  accent to outdoor spaces, whether as flowers or accessories that liven up patio furniture. 

Cool greens are another trendy summer color as a natural transition into garden landscapes. As a less jarring color, the greens blend well with any design. 

Make Gassen Your Property & Landscape Management Service

For exceptional management of your property and landscape, turn to Gassen. If our own construction and building management team can’t provide you with the space you need and want, we know the vendors who can. 

To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 952-922-5575, or you can message us on our contact page.