Landscape Design Concept to Real Life Beautiful

I think one of the best parts about what we do is taking something from ugly to beautiful--from barren and unimaginative to delightful. Unlike some home projects where you can measure and paint and have a pretty good idea of the outcome, landscape design is always a little bit of a mystery. While the design is the beginning of how everything works together, only time will tell whether or not the harmony persists.

This project in Nokesville was done in the spring, following the installation of an in-ground pool. The construction process generally leaves everything around it in need of attention. We essentially started from square one.

The design above laid out the plants. We combined the client's preferences for color and utility to come up with the concepts.

The topsoil had been stripped, exposing red Virginia clay everywhere. We worked with the client to make the space welcoming and lush, adding a variety of textures and blooms for summer color. Sod was installed to stabilize the bare ground after a thorough raking of stones and debris.

All of the stone was acquired from the property itself to create natural and native retaining walls. Deer were a consideration so plants were chosen appropriately.


  • Meet on-site well before you want the work done. It takes times to develop a concept and this first step is important in knowing where you are heading.
  • Take the time to research what you prefer and what you definitely despise. Last thing you want to do is have the design ruined by a key feature that you hate.
  • Do not say, "You are the professional. I defer to you." In the whole scheme of things, that's exactly why you hire us. In the beginning, though, take ownership of the project by communicating your preferences, your ideas and your long term goals for the space you will be addressing.
  • Communicate your long term plan and how you intend to use the space. If you are designing for near-future re-sale, that will elicit a different type of design than one done for longer term pleasure.
  • Supply your designer with any pertinent information regarding the condition of the area. For example, deer, rabbits, shade, dogs, sporting kids, etc. a good designer will ask you those questions, but it is good to be prepared.

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