Outdoor Living Trends 2019

Outdoor Living Trends 2019

Are you ready for a fresh new landscape in 2019? The Wasson Nursery design team is here to help you out! Read on for great tips on reliable plants, hardscape trends and more? Read on!

Focus on smaller, easier to maintain plants. 

Give the people what they want. As designers, many of our favorite plants these days happen to be plants that are more compact, less messy or grow more slowly. It’s no coincidence that the reason for this is that it’s what our customers demand. Gone are the days of planting a bush and having to trim it twice a year to keep it from becoming some frightful monstrosity. Growers and plant breeders have been tirelessly working on plants with better growth habits, color variations, disease resistance, and increased bloom period. All of these factors contribute to one of our biggest trends in landscaping – landscapes that feature more compact, easier to maintain plants.


  1. Bobo Hydrangea – stays around 3ft tall and has prolific white blooms all summer long.
  2. Spilled Wine Weigela – Burgundy leaves and bright pink flowers are a focal point of this low growing, sun-loving plant
  3. Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae and Green Gem Boxwood are two small, slow-growing evergreens.
    Catmint is one of our favorite families of perennials. Try the newer ‘Kitten Around’ for a more compact relative of the famous ‘Walker’s Low’.
  4. Royal Gem Crabapple is a very small crabapple perfect for a front door area or a specimen around a patio.


Staycation – Make your yard feel like a vacation year round

The trend continues… This trend first gained steam after the economic collapse in 2008. People starting pouring money into their backyards instead of splurging on vacations. Today we see this trend in full swing. What sort of amenities would you add to your backyard to make it feel like a vacation (aside from poolside cocktail service)? 

Here are some must haves
A Sonance Sound System. 8 perfectly arranged speakers plus an in-ground subwoofer truly sets the mood for any situation. Not to mention they have a very classy, quality appearance.

Landscape Lighting. Lighting technology getting better and better. Choose fixtures that compliment your space, the styles are endless. One of the coolest new products in this realm is the InLight patio lights. These were a show stopper at our booth at the Suburban Indy Outdoor Living show.
Great Furniture. You want to be comfortable in your staycation, right? Choose well-designed pieces of furniture that mimic the styles and durability of indoor furniture.

Outdoor kitchens. It’s more than just a place to grill. Add refrigerators, smokers, pizza ovens, and don’t forget a bar area.

BackYard Structures are Focal Points

Structures such as pergolas or pavilions have always been included in outdoor living projects. But the trend of recent projects have focused on the structures to truly be a focal point. Angled roof lines, custom shapes and sizes, bold colors and combining materials are some of the ways to make your structure stand out.

Include Private, Secluded Spaces

We use our backyards as an escape from the stresses of the day and as the perfect place to unwind. But sometimes you need to take it a step further and escape from your escape. We love incorporating smaller, more intimate seating areas, especially around a fire pit. Incorporate large plantings to help provide some privacy. 

Pavers –  Larger format and combining size and texture

Neutral color tones and larger slabs of pavers are replacing smaller, more intricate patterns. The neutral color tones and simplicity of larger pavers help to create a more modern feel as well as a more calming environment. If you want to add some interest, do so with a pop of unique texture created by smaller pavers such as Antika by Techobloc.

Neutral Color Palette

Let the plants do the talking. We’re seeing customers move to a more neutral color palette when it comes to their patio decor. Especially with planters. Off-white, beige, black, and dark gray are the colors that are winning the battle for the hearts of new customers. If you want more of a statement, choose an interesting shape or texture on the planter, but keep it neutral and let the plants do the talkin’.


There’s been a resurgence of houseplants inside the home. In fact, it’s one of the hottest interior design trends right now. And as you may or may not know, inside trends become outside trends. That’s why we’re seeing traditional houseplants being used more and more in outdoor pots. It’s new, it’s different, it’s trendy.

High-Quality Furniture

Outdoor furniture is taking cues from inside the home and getting more comfortable, better design, and lasting longer. It is the finishing touch, the icing on the cake to a fantastic outdoor living project.

Ready to get started?

Our professionals know how to build a better backyard! Fill out the form on this page or check out one of our Garden Centers in Fishers, Muncie or Union City, Indiana… Because at Wasson Nursery, Inspiration grows!

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Small spaces have big opportunities!

Small spaces have big opportunities!

Outdoor living spaces come in all shapes and sizes, and just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style… it just means that it’s time to get a bit more creative.

1. Outdoor living rooms are IN.

Taking the indoors to outdoor living spaces is a trend that isn’t going away. If you have a small patio, dress it up with a colorful conversational set for seating, matching rug, planters and lights. It will make your exterior a cozy extension of your indoor space.

2. Multi-purpose furniture

If you plan to use the outdoor room for multiple functions, use multi-functional furniture. For instance, trunks can serve as storage for odds and ends items and double as extra seating. A short wall can be utilized as a bench while also adding a level to the room, and so on.

3. Think vertical

If you don’t have space to build out, build up! Anything from stacked planters to hanging an herb garden can give an interesting visual and help optimize the space.

4. Opt out on grass.

If you have a really small yard, think about forgetting those hard to mow spaces by using stone and pavers for a visually striking yard without the lawn care hassle.

5. De-clutter

While it might be tempting to try and squeeze as much as possible into your small space, don’t. Try to aim for a fewer large container plants instead of several small ones. Also, know what you want to use the space for and keep only the essentials. Clever storage can help you keep miscellaneous items hidden but close at hand.

Hope these tips help, and if you’re ready to take your small space to the next level, give us a call! We’d be happy to help you design your dream space!

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of things you can do to optimize the space for a cozy oasis in your own backyard.

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Sold! Get the Best Return on Investment with Landscape Improvement Projects.

Sold! Get the Best Return on Investment with Landscape Improvement Projects.

What’s the first thing you notice when you drive up to a home? Chances are, unless you’re dodging a barreling 4-legged pet, the first thing you’ll notice is the landscape.

Horticulturists, economists and industry professionals have studied the relationship between home value and the layout of inviting plants you have around your exterior. The data has it that gardening and landscaping projects tend to have a reliable, direct and positive impact on home value.

Not only does your greenery have a positive impact on your home value (unless that greenery is made primarily of weeds), but can give you the best return on investment of any other home improvement project.

How? Well, the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences has found that every dollar invested in landscaping generates $1.09 in perceived home value. To put that into perspective, for every dollar you invest in a kitchen, you can expect roughly 92-93 cents in return.


So why is there such a big difference?

We’re glad you asked. Consumers have indicated that a fresh landscape creates an inviting space that can make you feel at home instantly. And let’s face it; pretty yards and plants just make people happy.

Realtor.com reports that landscaping can account for almost a third of a home’s entire value… roughly 28%. Impressed yet?

A fresh landscape can turn your home into an escape from the stressors of the modern world. It provides place to unplug and enjoy nature with friends and family.


How can we help?

At Wasson Nursery, we take a great deal of pride in the beautiful landscapes we’ve designed and built over the past 40+ years and would love to help you out if you’re interested in taking on a new project.

Get in touch or come visit us at one of our Garden Centers located in Fishers, Muncie and Union City, Indiana. We’d love to help you out!

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Looking for Landscape Lights? Here are 3 great ways to light up the outdoors!

Looking for Landscape Lights? Here are 3 great ways to light up the outdoors!

With 40 years in the landscape business, Wasson Nursery has learned a thing or two about outdoor lighting. Whether you live in the Union City, Muncie or Fishers area, we have the solution for you! Here are 3 great landscape lights for YOUR yard.

Pathway Lights

Light up your walkways with some LED construction pathway lights. There are many different fixture styles, so you can pick the look that fits you and your home! Wasson Nursery can come out and show you all of the options we have available to help you find the perfect solution for yard.

Hardscape Light

The hardscape light is one of our most popular lights! These are great for kitchens and walls because they fit right underneath a lip of the cap. This is a great way to get light to those little features and walls that you can’t get an accent light to.

Accent Light

Accent lights are great for drawing attention to larger landscape features. WAC Lighting even features a light that can grow with your landscape. It is one of the few landscape lights that you can take the Wattage and dim it down or brighten it up depending on your preference.

Are you ready to take your outdoor living game to the next level? Give us a call! We’d love to help you create your dream space!

Beautiful summer patios get their start in February.

Beautiful summer patios get their start in February.

Although it might not feel like it… Spring is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about your 2018 landscape projects. If you’re thinking about a complete backyard overhaul, look no further!

At Wasson Nursery, we build better backyards.

When it comes to working with our sought after design services, winter THE best times to start your next project. Here’s why…

Get that patio done before your Memorial Day cookout.

While our design list is already starting to build up, if you reach out now, the sooner you’ll get to enjoy your cozy outdoor space. We typically can complete a winter project in 2-3 weeks, but if you wait until spring, you could be looking at 4-6 weeks (all depending on the size of the project).

Starting your project now will make it easier to work out revisions and gives us the time we need to make sure all of the proper permits and paperwork are in place.

We’ll start laying pavers as long as the weather is workable (we even have crews working today!).

I’m ready to get started! But what do I need?

Is 2018 your year for a dream outdoor space? Awesome! To help us get your project started on the right foot, have some pictures and ideas in mind. This will cut a lot of time during the revision process.

While we have a lot of great ideas of our own, we want to make sure your space fits your lifestyle.

What do we think will be popular in the coming years?

Modern spaces with clean and simple lines will continue to be at the forefront of design. We also expect to see an increase in the use of wood grains and outdoor living spaces (kitchens, firepits and gathering spaces).

Be on the lookout for more pavilions and for people to find ways unique and better merge man made structures and nature.

To start your outdoor living project, click the link below to get in touch! We look forward to meeting with you to design something remarkable!