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According to the NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), here are the top trends to influence outdoor spaces in 2019.

1.  Two-in-one landscape design
Functional elements are no longer a perk, but rather a necessity in today's landscapes.  Consumers desire stunning outdoor features that have been cleverly designed to serve a dual tactical purpose.  An edible vertical garden on a trellis that acts as a privacy fence, a retaining wall that includes built-in seating for entertaining, and colorful garden beds that divide properties all combine function and style.

2.  Automated lawn and landscape maintenance
The latest technology and equipment allow tasks to be more streamlined and environmentally efficient than ever before.  Robotic lawn mowers continue to rise in popularity among both homeowners and landscape professionals.  Also, programmable irrigation systems and advanced lighting and electrical systems help outdoor spaces become extensions of today's smart homes.  Homeowners relish knowing that these technological advancements give them more time to relax and enjoy their outdoor spaces.

3.  Pergolas
A staple of landscape design for years, pergolas constructed of wood or composite material are now becoming more sophisticated.  In fact, today they come with major upgrades, including roll down windows, space heaters, lighting and sound systems.  When paired with a luxury kitchen, seating area or fire feature, pergolas can become the iconic structure for outdoor sanctuaries.

4.  Pretty in Pink
Pops of coral and blush are anticipated to add a more feminine touch to landscape this year.  With Living Coral named the Color of the Year by Pantone, a leading provider of color systems and an infuencer on interior and exterior design, landscape professionals predict that this rich shade of pink could bring fresh blooms of roses, petunias, zinnias and hibiscus to flower beds.  Experts also anticipate light blush tones to become "the new neutral" and another option for hardscapes and stone selections.

5.  Mesmerizing Metals
Whether homeowners want a bold statement or whimsical touch, incorporating metals can bring new dimensions to landscape design.  Used for decorative art, water features or furniture and accessories, creative uses of metals including steel and iron can make a lovely accent or entire focal points.