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Trends in Landscape Design | Kensington MD

Feb 14, 2014 | Patios

Your first concern for any landscape design project is how it can improve the livability of outdoor spaces for your family and you. Beyond that, you can add long-term value to your redo by incorporating one or more of the following 21st-century trends.


Edible Gardening

Vegetable gardens are no longer relegated to a back corner and tended to by those who have large amounts of leisure time. Blended gardens combine both edible and ornamental plants in artful arrangements around entry doors and in front yards. They add the freshly grown harvest to the dinner table. In addition, they create a sense of community because your family cannot typically consume the bounty. To avoid waste, you must share what you grow with your neighbors.



Water brings with it natural flow, harbors fish, attracts birds and other wildlife, and masks unpleasant artificial noises, such as car engines, with a natural sound. Budgets for these features can range from very little for self-contained fountains inside the home to costly for lavish water walls meant to impress visitors in the back garden.


Barbecue Courtyards

These extensions to the kitchen are meant to replace the backyard with an outdoor living space. Everything from a barbecue area to a full kitchen can rest on a raised deck or flagstone patio to provide secondary cooking facilities. You can then consume your meal on a large outdoor table meant to hold the entire family as well as several guests. Additionally, the external equivalents of living room sofas, coffee tables, and a fireplace allow relaxation under the sun or stars. Large patio doors on every wall permits access from many rooms of the home.

For more outdoor design trends, or if you want a backyard landscape designed just for you, please contact us.

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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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