Small Landscaping: Big Ideas.

Not all of us have a vast area for the grand landscaping of our dreams. Some of us have small yards, patios, and porches. Some of us do not even have yards; we have balconies and rooftop decks. Whether you have a grand garden fit for a Queen or a small space, you can maximize your landscaping.

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When you think landscaping, you think these huge yards with massive gardens and flower beds. We all know that ‘one yard’ in our hometowns that is absolutely jaw-dropping beautiful. Even when you define landscaping, improves the aesthetic appearance of (a piece of land) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs, you can see it generally refers to land. Where does that leave us small landscapers with big ideas?

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As landscapers, we have vast knowledge and handle multi-layered designs. However, we can also help with a small dream oasis to maximize your space. The elements of design are always used. This is any kind of design whether it be interior decorating or exterior landscaping. The principles of landscape design include the elements of unity, scale, balance, simplicity, variety, emphasis, and sequence as they apply to line, form, texture, and color.  These elements are interconnected.

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Does all of that sound complicated? It really isn’t, we use these as a guide to make a beautiful harmonious garden space for you; no matter the size you are working with. Landscape design is a process of creating, developing, and implementing practical and pleasing outdoor spaces.

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In the palette of landscaping, the designer is dealing with materials with different kinds of weathering and patina over time and living plants that are subject to a myriad of weather conditions, different soil types, insect and disease problems, and a vast host of other environmental and physical circumstances. The landscape designer must deal with the seasons and climate of their region. Plants that celebrate the seasons with the unfurling of leaves in spring, the aroma and visual delight of flowers, and the stark bareness of branches and the bleakness of the color palette in winter.

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Landscape changes are never constant; in Virginia the four seasons we experience come and go. How the designer successfully combines plants and other material components in your design involves paying careful attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of practical horticulture, and a good understanding of the basic principles and elements of design. The designer faces the challenge of creating a plan that is pleasing to the senses and that visually, functionally and aesthetically improves the appearance of the landscape at an affordable cost, big or small.

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In small spaces the elemental principles of design are never more present. It takes a very subtle touch to make sure the space is kept balanced and flowing.  If one element is out of balance it can throw the whole space and it’s harmony off. Using stone textures, mixed with the varying heights and textures of plants, adding a water feature, and integrating color will leave any small space the perfect escape. Don’t let a small space be a discouragement; design something wonderful with your landscapers today!!

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