Each year Garden Design Magazine comes out with their top ten list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting a different trend. Next up? Structures that create a focal point.
Whenever we enter a space whether it be inside or outside, the first thing your eye is drawn to is usually a structure. This is because structures are usually the largest, most “solid” looking items in the landscape. In the landscape this often means a deck, a pergola, a trellis, a shed….whatever your lifestyle requires. Sometimes you want the structures you already have to be focal points. Sometimes they are that is NOT what you are looking for. If it is not… is there something you can add to your existing structure to make it something you enjoy? A fresh coat of paint or stain can go a long way. Or consider adding some new trim or accent?
Maybe you are looking at adding a structure. Here are some common landscape structures and some things to consider when you are thinking about adding them to your landscape.
1- Decks and Patios:
Are you looking for a small area to enjoy your morning coffee? Or do you need a large area to accommodate your family, grill, furniture, etc. Whether your structure is an elevated deck or a ground level patio, consider the overall size and shape you need or are looking for. What will you put on it? How will you use it? What is the architectural style of your house so it will match? Color scheme? You may not know all these answers, thats what landscape designers like us are here for!
2 – Garages and Sheds:
Do you need additional outside storage? How much? Is there a way to incorporate the structure in the landscape so it doesn’t look “plopped” there? We can help you as you plan to integrate your structures into the landscape so the space works as a whole.
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3 – Pergolas, Gazebos and Trellises:
Many of these are stand alone structures, or they may be attached to a larger structure such as a deck. We can help you by suggesting what plants will go around them, or even grow on them! These sorts of structures usually look their best when complimented by plants that enhance their beauty, not compete with it. Love climbing vines but afraid they will get out of control? Let us help you pick non-invasive varieties or even annual varieties that can grow in a pot.
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Whatever your structure let us help integrate it into your landscape to create a stunning focal point. Large or small we have ideas for it all!
For a full list of the trends visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2019.html