12 Emerging Budget-Friendly Landscaping Ideas To Try Out in 2023

by Stephanie Yankova

Spring is the time of the year when many of us start doing some gardening work, be it weeding and planting for some, or redesigning for others. In 2023 landscaping design trends are moving more and more toward sustainability and interplay between man-made forms and wild nature. One of the most prominent trends this year is the use of drought-tolerant plants as the summers are progressively getting hotter and garden maintenance is becoming a tiresome hassle. Cottage gardens and edible landscaping are other sought-out sustainable options for remodeling. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest landscaping trends of the year and help you find inspiration from our design suggestions for your next garden project.

Edible Landscaping Ideas

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Edible plants undoubtedly require a lot more time and effort than regular flower gardens, however, the reward of having fresh produce at arm’s length right outside your window makes it all worth it! This type of garden layout dates back to the ancient Egyptians who used edible landscaping arrangements. Also known as a kitchen garden, or potager, these gardens’ original purpose was to supply herbs, and it wasn’t until much later that people started planting vegetables and fruits in large, strategically arranged pots. Edible landscaping is a great way to utilize the empty garden space in your home, and a big upside is that this is a cost-efficient alternative to store-bought vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Some of the most commonly used for landscaping purposes are asparagus, artichokes, kale, lettuce, and mint. You can also plant some edible flowers such as chamomile, calendula, tulips, violets, and lavender. Garden layout tip – if your outdoor space is east-facing it’s better to plant plants that are more suitable for cool weather. Inversely, if the area is west-facing your garden will be exposed to the hot afternoon sun which is favorable for plants that like more heat. Here are some landscaping ideas for an edible garden.

Add Colorful Foliage to Your Vegetable Edible Landscape

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You can plant flowers amongst the herbs and vegetables to add some playfulness, color, and charm to your landscaping design. Marigolds are especially beautiful and also extremely practical as they are a source of pollen and nectar for valuable insects.

Plant Fruit Trees Under Beautiful Cedar Pergolas

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The beautiful fruit trees will not only supply you with fresh produce but are also a great way to create some natural shade and privacy in your home. The raised symmetrically placed vegetable beds add some structure to the landscape which makes it look neat, welcoming and well-organized.

Kale and Collard Front Yard Heaven

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The symmetrical rock wall border creates a beautiful walking path to the house, and the choice of kale and collard is especially clever as they grow incredibly quickly and easily which will make your front yard look like a vegetable Heaven in no time!

End of Driveway Landscaping Ideas

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Driveway landscaping is pretty straightforward, and it can be hard to come up with a creative way to brighten up the design. One of the best ways to add character to your driveway and make it more inviting is by adding greenery. It may require some maintenance, but that’s a great way to elevate the appearance of your house exterior. For example, topiary plants in different shapes and sizes can add some structure. Paving textures are another thing you can play around with. Mixing gravel, concrete slabs, and plants will add a modern and minimalist feel to your driveway. Rocks and colorful flowers are another effective way to create a creative and welcoming driveway design. Here are some of our landscaping suggestions.

Modern Concrete Slabs and Gravel End of Driveway Landscaping

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Keeping it simple and modern with concrete slabs and gravel is a never-failing formula when it comes to the landscaping of outdoor spaces. It suddenly elevates the area and when you add some greenery it creates a magazine-worthy minimalist design that every neighbor would be jealous of!

Thuja and Boxwood Driveway Cut Bush

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Using greenery and flowers to create an aesthetic border for your driveway is high-maintenance, however, an incredibly worthwhile commitment that will make your house look straight out of a romantic movie!

Drought Tolerant Desert-Inspired Landscaping

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If you live in a place with a dry climate, or you’re simply not a gardener at heart and don’t want any high-maintenance plants in your outdoor spaces – this is a great alternative for you! You can plant some cacti, make paving using rocks in different shapes and colors, or plant other drought-tolerant plants.

Small Front Yard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

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We understand that landscaping renovations can be costly, and we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to break the bank in order to make your front yard look straight out of a home and garden magazine! There are many affordable natural materials on the market that can help you create an awe-inspiring exterior. Try to make the most of your layout by creative planting ideas, use of different textures, and use of curves and soft edges in order to create a pathway or highlight different areas. An affordable way to frame the flower beds and walkways is by using mulch. We suggest you create a focal point that brings the whole appearance of your outdoor space together. Take a look at our budget-friendly ideas for adding some character to your front yard landscaping.

Gravel Paving and Succulent Outdoor Planters Decoration

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I’m personally a huge fan of outdoor planters because they come in all different forms, sizes, and designs and can easily and effortlessly elevate your exterior in no time! For those of you who are too busy to maintain a garden, you can opt for planting some succulents in your pots which will create a beautiful desert-like atmosphere.

Xeriscaping Perennial Plants

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Perennial plants are an absolute evergreen and must-have when it comes to garden design, and they are expected to become an even bigger hit in 2023 due to their versatility and effortless upkeep.

Entryway Landscaping with Mulching and Rocks

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If you’re not a fan of wild-growing grass and your space simply doesn’t allow for regular mowing – we got you. This is a beautiful front porch garden composition with mulching paving and a rock border that draws attention to a beautiful floral centerpiece.

Hillside Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

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Having a sloped backyard can make it tricky for utilizing the space, however, this terrain holds great potential for landscaping projects. Using rocks in the design of the hillside layout is probably one of the most sought-out options as it is very low-maintenance and stands the test of time. They make it easy to create some structure and also serve a functional purpose as they help plants find a footing on the hillside. Turn your bland sloped backyard into a dazzling relaxation zone with our hillside landscaping suggestions.

Rocks and Heather Steep Slope

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An easy and organic landscaping design idea for your sloped backyard is to use big rocks for steps and heather as they work great with rocks due to their mutual requirements for acidic soil conditions.

Wood and Gravel DIY Stairs

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If you feel like doing some garden DIY, this simple and highly attractive stair construction made of wood and gravel will add a designer flair to your outdoor space. To make it even more welcoming you can plant some greenery and easily elevate the landscape.

Modern Slab Stone Block Stairs

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Concrete may not be for everyone, but these sleek modern stone slab stairs are an absolute showstopper when put against the layers of lavender, echinacea, and lemon grass, creating a hillside landscaping design worthy of an architectural magazine’s cover.

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