This year, various trends for landscape design and building projects are worth considering if you want to optimize your outdoor spaces' aesthetic appeal and functionality. At Tropical Gardens Landscape, our team is standing by to make your landscaping dreams a reality in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and surrounding Florida areas.

Outdoor Living Spaces is One of The Hottest Trends This Year!

Read about the most popular outdoor living features of the year below.

Open Paver Patios

An open paver patio built on a property in Sarasota, FL.

A paver patio is a versatile outdoor space you can incorporate into your landscape to increase your property's available floor space and curb appeal. A paver patio surface is highly durable. You can choose from various building materials with low maintenance requirements, including limestone, sandstone, and slate.

Seating Walls

A concrete retaining wall also used for seating in Siesta Key, FL.

Seating walls add aesthetic seating to your outdoor cooking and dining areas while defining your outdoor spaces, such as patios or fire pits. Your seating walls can also double as retaining walls or planter beds for added functionality.


An upward angle of a pergola on a sunny day in Lido Key, FL.

Pergolas are trendy, attractive standing structures protecting your patio or other outdoor space against direct sunlight. As a landscape feature, a pergola typically consists of pillars supporting cross beams with an open lattice. You can design a pergola to form a shaded sitting area or walkway.

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen newly built on a property in Longboat Key, FL.

An outdoor kitchen is a highly functional space allowing you to prepare meals and entertain guests while enjoying your garden's tranquility. In 2021, the trend is to equip outdoor kitchens with kitchen features, including grills, smokers, bars, and sinks.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

A stone fire pit built on a property in Bird Key, FL.

Fire pits and fireplaces are among the trendiest home improvements for 2021 and are the ideal option if you want to transform your home into a cozy entertainment venue. Combine your new firepit with seating walls and an open paver for optimal visual appeal and outdoor comfort.

Natural-Looking Stone for Projects Is a Top Trend for 2021

Incorporating natural stone into your landscaping features and building projects reduces your home's carbon footprint as these materials are environmentally friendly. Natural stone also strikes a balance between aesthetic appeal and durability, making it a practical option for homeowners.
In 2021, textured finishes continue to grow as a trend, especially when it comes to landscaping projects. Consider the following stone for your projects:

  • Limestone
  • Travertine
  • Sandstone
  • Slate

The neutral, earthy tones of these materials fit any architectural design style, and their minimalistic patterns offer a timeless appeal.

Popular Materials for Outdoor Kitchen Countertops in 2021

Outdoor kitchen countertops have to meet various requirements in terms of durability, moisture resistance, and appearance.

If you are looking for a trendy countertop material that checks all the boxes, consider soapstone. This natural stone is available in a wide range of colors and is highly durable with a century-long lifespan. If you are looking to achieve a more contemporary appearance, consider a concrete countertop. Concrete is among the most durable materials and offers various color and texture options.

Landscape Lighting Is the Finishing Touch to Any Landscape Project for 2021

Landscape lighting provides a glorious finishing touch to any landscape project this year! Outdoor lighting can be functional, or you can use it to showcase a landscaping element or create a tranquil mood. Outdoor lighting trends for 2021 include:

  • Path lighting
  • Wall wash lighting
  • Shadow lighting
  • Moonlighting

With landscape lighting, you can also enjoy your outdoor space throughout the evening.

Are You Looking to Improve Your Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and other local Florida areas Landscape? Call Us to Schedule a Consultation

At Tropical Gardens Landscape, we offer professional landscape design and construction solutions. If you want to enhance your landscape's functionality, comfort, and curb appeal in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and surrounding Florida areas we can help. To request a quote for your landscaping project, give us a call at (941) 993-2442.