Do you wish that you could comfortably enjoy your outdoor living spaces this summer?
Or your family may be growing, and you need to make the backyard more functional for birthday parties and getting together with friends?
Alternately, you may have poor yard drainage in one part of your Alexandria, VA property, but you don’t want to put in a French drain and a swale. Instead, you want something more rustic like a babbling brook when it rains hard in Alexandria.
Whatever the reason, right now is the best time to expand your patio space, add an outdoor kitchen, add a water feature, put in outdoor lighting, and build a dry creek bed before the next big rainstorm.
5 Hardscaping Projects for Your Alexandria Property
The sun is shining, the trees have leaves, and the start of summer is around the corner. Now is the time to find a landscaping company in Alexandria, VA, to help you plan your next outdoor living space.
Suppose you’re hoping to replace or expand your current patio. In that case, you need to search for “patio companies near me,” “landscapers near me,” or “hardscaping, Alexandria,” VA to find the right fit for your outdoor living needs this summer.
What tickles your fancy for this summer?
Here are five backyard designs that will meet your outdoor living needs this summer:
1. Dry creek beds: If you have poor drainage areas around your home or in one spot of your property, then a dry creek bed may be the answer for you. A dry creek bed moves the water that ponds in your yard to a collection point, such as a rain garden.
The dry creek bed includes river rocks, boulders, and stones. You can plant native flowers, such as garden phlox, coneflowers, hostas, ornamental grasses, and shrubs. Add mulch to protect plant roots and add a touch of tidiness.
You can add a rain garden to the water collection area where water can percolate through the soil. Include perennials in your rain garden, such as wild blue indigo, coneflowers, hardy hibiscus, black-eyed Susans, Joe Pye weed, hardy geraniums, and sedges.
2. Water features: Does the sound of water relax you? Then, you need a water feature. Your water feature can be a pondless waterfall, pond with a waterfall, fountains, basalt water features, and many other types of waterscapes.
If you love to sit outside and watch colorful koi swimming or a frog leap off a lily pad, you need an outdoor pond. You can include landscape lighting to watch the koi at night too.
Read more: How to Create an Outdoor Room
For a unique fountain idea, try Basalt columns. The columns stand together in black or bronze as the water trickles up and out. You can add light to basalt columns for a focal point that you can enjoy from inside of your home as well.
Still, you may prefer the look of natural stone, including river rocks and boulders that look more primitive in a backyard design.
3. Patios and walkways: If you’re in a newly built home, your existing patio is probably tiny. You may be able to fit a patio table and four chairs, and that’s it.
Why not expand your patio to include more room to add an outdoor kitchen area or a fireplace?
Your new patio doesn’t have to be right outside your house either. If there’s a space that you love to spend time in, consider adding a patio to that place.
For example, you may want a patio near the wooded area of your Alexandria property. Add a fire pit to roast marshmallows, to quietly relax, or to gather with family and friends.
Connect your patio and the other parts of your property with walkways. You can connect your entire outdoor living space with walkways that guide your guests from the front of the house to your backyard.
Your backyard landscapers can help you design a patio and walkways that complement your home’s architecture. You have a choice of materials for your new patio and walkways, including pavers and flagstone that come in various styles, colors, and cuts.
Read more: Get Ready for Spring: How to Pair a Walkway with a Garden
4. Outdoor lighting: Light up your nights with landscape lighting. Your landscaping company in Alexandria, VA, will help you with outdoor lighting designs. You can place lights on steps, flowerbeds, and walkways, so people are able to see and safely walk after dark.
Put outdoor lighting in your pool, pond, or pondless waterfall for some whimsy and practicality. You can also use landscape lighting to draw the eye to a focal point, such as a favorite tree, the front of your home, or a basalt water feature.
Set up landscape lighting for those dark corners of your deck or patio. You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to outdoor lighting.
5. Outdoor kitchens: If you love dining alfresco, you might want to add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard design. Outdoor kitchens come in a wide variety of designs, from a simple grill to a kitchen that rivals the one inside your home.
You can add a bar area to socialize while cooking or cleaning up. Include a small refrigerator to hold wine, beer, and sodas to keep them cold. You can also add cabinets to conveniently store plates, cups, wine glasses, and other alfresco dining accouterments.
The landscapers at Campbell Ferrara will help you design the outdoor kitchen that best serves you and your entertainment needs. For example, your designer may suggest a pavilion roof to keep you and your guests dry and away from the sun while enjoying outdoor dining.
You have a wide variety of choices for flooring, too, from flagstones, pavers, and even luxury vinyl to match your indoor flooring. Add outdoor lighting and ceiling fans to enjoy your outdoor kitchen well into the night.
If You Want to Add to Your Landscaping in Alexandria, Then You Need Campbell and Ferrara
Creating beautiful landscapes in Alexandria, VA, is our passion at Campbell and Ferrara. And with Memorial Day coming up in a few short weeks, it’s time to add some hardscaping to your outdoor living space.
Consider us at Campbell and Ferrara if you want to add an outdoor kitchen, outdoor lighting, a water feature (or two), a patio and walkways, or a dry creek bed. We believe you deserve the best landscaping company for landscape design and construction in Northern VA.
Call us today at 703-705-7892 or fill out our contact form.
Campbell and Ferrara provides landscape design/build services and a retail garden center for homeowners living in Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Mount Vernon, and Springfield, Virginia.
TheSpruce.com, How to a Build (sic) Dry Creek Bed.
Ibid, How to Design a Rain Garden.