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The Innovative Commercial Landscaping Trends for 2022

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Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Mar 16, 2022 9:40:00 AM


The plants come to life in the summer. Every lawn, tree, and flowerbed is bursting at the seams with vitality. This means a renewed commitment to keep your community landscaping in check and create a beautiful, inviting area for your HOA members. Fortunately, with the rise of gorgeous landscaping ideas this year, you have more options than just keeping the grass and bushes well maintained.

In terms of landscaping design, the year 2022 holds a lot of potentials. HOA landscaping can profit from some of these key trends for shared outdoor spaces, which have been pioneered by the business world.

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2022 Commercial Landscaping Trends

Commercial landscaping trends focus both on beauty and functionality. While the population embraces green and eco-friendly design in every aspect of life, landscaping also offers an opportunity to bring green to the shared outdoor spaces. Between widespread wellness trends and social distancing requirements, lawns have become places professionals and residents wish to spend time - and are taking a genuine interest in.

2022 promises to see new heights in functional, efficient, and beautiful landscaping designs shared outdoor spaces.


1. Outdoor Working and Wellness Spaces

Outdoor workspaces have become a great hit with commercial landscaping and have great HOA potential, with many people working at home. Green spaces are found to be soothing, whether they are for break-time or hidden outlets for a laptop to park for an afternoon shift in the sun. Having access to green spaces can boost productivity, improve mental health, and reduce the burnout rate for your at-home professionals. Likewise, outdoor wellness activities like running and yoga are also being embraced in the workplace.

Naturally, the landscaping team will need to adapt b designing new landscaped spaces for outdoor working and outdoor wellness activities.


2. Replant with Local Native Flora

Xeriscaping is all the rage. Plant trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses that thrive naturally in your climate. Look for types that don't need much water and survive well for the sun/shade balance they will receive. Look to plants that grow natively in your region to celebrate your natural biome, but don't be shy about plants from other areas that do well in your planting zone. You can also support the local pollinators with a clever and beautiful selection of flowering flora for the bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that can bring your landscaping to life.


3. Creative Use of Edible Plants

Plants with use are popular and edible plants are appealing to everyone. In landscaping, edible plants are a fun way to spice up your variety along with the smell and appeal of your gardens. Look for patterns and opportunities to work edible plants into your landscaping design. For example, Rosemary bushes thrive in desert-like climates and smell fantastic, while fruit trees often prefer moist climes.


4. Contribute to Sustainability

Sustainable landscaping both uses fewer resources and sometimes contributes in other ways to the ecosystem. For example, build your benches from reclaimed or fast-growing wood. Weave solar panels into your design to power lights and water circulation. Provide feed plants and fresh running water for the local ecosystem. This modern mix of high-tech, sustainable choices, and growing greenery is sure to delight corporate teams and visitors alike.


5. Meditative and Artistic Retreats

Create hidden places along the path where residents and guests can find a peaceful moment. The sculpture is back but not out in the open. Instead, enclosed and leafy retreats with hidden art are the new charming way to promote mental wellness with landscaping design. This year, the idea of surprise escapes nestled into vast gardens is taking corporate landscaping design by storm.


Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM®

Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM®

Over 30 years experience in property and community association management Professional Community Association Manager through the Community Association Institute (CAI) Former GM/CEO of a large-scale association: mixed-use commercial, residential and recreational Contributor to National industry experience