There’s nothing like the changing weather to make you want to ditch the bright flowers and keep things as green as possible for as long as you can. To offer some design direction for your yard, we’ve rounded up some of NoVA’s best landscape designers and greenspace experts to help your garden realize its creative potential — without any of the backbreaking work.
Cold Weather Spaces
Ed Ball Landscape Architecture based in Oak Hill can turn that random small corner in the backyard into a cool weather hideaway with a sunken hot tub or a garden room. Ball can also upgrade your patio to include a fire pit and outdoor lighting to keep you warm as the weather gets cold.
Talk to Surrounds Landscaping in Sterling if you want someone else to design, build, and maintain your garden. The landscape architects will talk to you about your property and will re-envision its development. The designers will draft a plan that’s priced to build within your budget. They’ll do the heavy lifting with a set schedule for garden management and then organize its upkeep weekly, monthly, or seasonally so you never have to touch a trowel.
Stunning Natural Environs
If you’re looking to plan an upgrade to your lakeside home this winter, Ibi Pashaei, a certified arborist and founder of Northern Virginia Landscaping, pulls his inspiration from the natural world to bring you subtle hardscaping that makes the most out of the natural surroundings — after the ground thaws.
Retaining Native Vegetation
If you want to conserve the natural vegetation that grows in your outdoor space, Elisa Meara of Native Plant Landscape Design will create a plan that integrates existing vegetation into an integrated outdoor oasis.
If the thought of venturing outdoors when the weather dips below 70 degrees makes you want to grab a coat, opt for an escape room instead. Erik Moden of Outdoor Spaces Design of Leesburg can construct a sunny hideaway that has all the warmth and the light of a true outdoor patio — but the central heating of an actual room. Inside your house.
O’Grady’s Landscaping in Sterling can make your winter pool prep a far less daunting task and can create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Known in the NoVA area for their hardscaped exteriors, O’Grady’s can create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Tamara Belt of DC’s Hawthorne Garden Design focuses on sustainability in her projects. She says that she “works to incorporate native plants and support native wildlife, source local materials, increase ecological resilience to create a space that is aesthetically pleasing as well as ecologically regenerative, not just responsive to the environment.”
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