Trends in Landscaping
Landscaping is the first impression your home has to offer. It defines your home’s “outside” dimension that becomes the overall greeting line for your family, guests and neighbors. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest at least ten percent of their home’s value in landscaping. Today, more than ever, customers want to develop comprehensive designs that allow them to achieve the greatest level of enjoyment in their own backyard. Designs can include plantings, lighting, fences, walkways, patios, fire pits and more. We also believe that outdoor kitchens, bar & grill areas, pizza ovens, fireplaces and cabanas are just as important today as traditional patios and gorgeous gardens in many backyards.
From the front sidewalk to the back gate, professional landscaping offers homeowners a wonderful retreat, while improving their home’s marketability and preserving its overall value. In today’s market, homes with well-designed landscaping are consistently appraised higher and sell faster. Even if selling your home is the furthest thing from your mind, you deserve to enjoy gorgeous surroundings.
Improve Your Curb Appeal!
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make as a homeowner is to take a pieced-together approach to landscaping. Beginning projects, installing a mix of plants and proceeding without a plan result in a property and landscape with a disorganized look and feel. Hiring a landscape design/build company to create and install a well-thought-out landscape within your budget is the key to creating a beautiful property. Don’t forget the regular upkeep and maintenance, too. There’s nothing more important than protecting your landscaping investment and keeping your property looking its best. Be sure to talk with your designer about the level of maintenance you are comfortable with and it will be considered from the start.
Come in and speak to a Bucks Country Gardens’ landscape Designer. We’ll help define your vision for your property and handle your design/build project with a cohesive plan. Remember, everything doesn’t have to happen at once. In many instances, two-, three- or even five-year plans make sense, and we’ll be there to guide you all the way.
While there is no such thing as a no-maintenance landscape–since most gardens require pruning and fertilizing twice a year to keep them looking their best–thoughtful design and plant choices make low-maintenance landscapes feasible. But, if an ornate, cottage garden is the look you’re after, Bucks Country Gardens offers monthly maintenance services to keep your garden looking picture perfect.
Environmentally Aware Landscape Design
Knowing your environment and understanding your surroundings is key to a successful, sustainable landscape design. It begins by choosing the right plants for the site. For example, avoid putting a plant that loves well-drained, sandy soils such as lavender, in a wet, boggy site with heavy clay soils. This will only lead to having to treat the plant and soil with chemicals to try to make it thrive. Design with native plants and plants that are bred to withstand attacks by insects and diseases without requiring traditional chemical applications.
Landscape lighting serves many purposes within a landscape. Lights can be used to illuminate a path, enhance the beauty of a stone façade, or cast shadows to add intrigue in the evening garden. Done properly, landscape lights meld into the landscape allowing effects of the lighting–and not the fixtures themselves–to be seen and enjoyed. Candles, strings of lantern lights, and Tiki-torches are also effective ways of to add lighting outdoors.
Containers and pots on the market today are more portable and aesthetically pleasing than their older counterparts. Container gardening is a great option for anyone who wants to grow vegetables and herbs, or simply add a splash of color with annuals and perennials on a patio or deck. Plus, you can redesign your garden anytime simply by rearranging containers or opting to change your plants with the seasons.