Destination: Staycation

Landscape trends tend to come and go with the seasons, but certain attributes never seem to lose their appeal to homeowners.

At the top of the client’s wish list are properties requiring a minimal degree of maintenance. These often include ample perennials and fewer messy trees or shrubs. An automated, programmable irrigation system can also aid in the weekly upkeep of such blooms.

The desire to beautify popular backyard features such as sheds, fences, and pools has risen in recent years, in an effort to eliminate eyesores or potential “dead” spots on the grounds. So too, has a move to incorporate functional elements, such as storage, into patio furniture and seating.

As homes increasingly become go-to spots for summer “staycations,” it may be appealing to work in a few added luxuries, such as a speaker system, lighting, a grill or small outdoor kitchen, comfortable lounging furniture, a fire pit, or other “homey” attributes. These private, secluded confines may, in fact, be the place you spend the majority of time throughout the year, certainly during the warmer months.

“Those dreaming of a backyard paradise may have their own unique vision, and the professional guidance of a landscape designer ultimately transforms this fantasy into reality.”