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New Year’s Trends in Backyard Landscape Designs | Potomac, MD

Dec 31, 2013 | Lawns

Potomac, MD

As the outside temperature drops and autumn heads into winter, it’s the perfect time to assess your yard and begin planning for next spring. In the coming year, it is likely that the landscaping trends that dominated 2013 will continue to be popular among homeowners and designers alike.

According to HGTV, the following are some trends in backyard landscape designs that should remain in style.

  1. Many would argue that low-maintenance, sustainable designs are especially important. They are both economically and environmentally sound, emphasizing quality over quantity and practicality over abundance. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend maintaining your backyard, your landscaper can help you choose plants that can withstand wet winters and dry summers, for instance. Overall, you’ll spend less time maintaining (and more time enjoying) your yard.
  2. People are also gravitating toward natural, quality materials, rather than creating extravagant displays. Showy and over-the-top gardens are out, for example. However, the experts say, the landscaping should still be colorful and reflective of the owner’s personality.
  3. Water features can add instant glamour to an otherwise average design. Ponds and waterfalls are an attractive, natural-looking way to incorporate water into your design. Otherwise, you could choose a portable fountain or put in a water wall.
  4. Bringing indoor living to the outdoors has been popular for several years. You can set up sofas and chairs, a fireplace, and even a full kitchen, depending on how much time you want to spend in your yard. Be sure to install appropriate lighting fixtures and look for furniture made with durable fabrics.
  5. A related focus for many people when they design their outdoor landscape is entertaining and recreation. They want to make the area not only beautiful to look at, but also practical for enjoying a game of volleyball or Frisbee.
  6. Edible gardens are beautiful and practical, as well. You can cultivate a variety of fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Some people even create vineyards. All of these efforts support the local food movement and encourage interaction between neighbors.

We’re excited to see what 2014 brings. Contact us for assistance with designing your ideal backyard.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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