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Designing a Year-Round Landscape That Thrives in Northern Virginia

Designing a year-round landscape in Northern Virginia requires careful planning and consideration of the local climate and soil conditions. By selecting the right plants, incorporating hardscaping elements, and managing water effectively, Franco American Mowing can create a beautiful and thriving garden that will provide enjoyment throughout the year.

Understand Your Soil

The first step in designing a successful garden is to understand the type of soil you’re working with. Northern Virginia’s soil is often heavy and clay-like, making it difficult for plants to grow. We may need to amend your soil with organic matter, such as compost or leaf mold, to improve its structure and fertility. Before we begin planting, we have your soil tested to determine its pH level and nutrient content. This will help us select plants that are best suited for your soil.

Plan for Four Seasons

To design a landscape that thrives year-round, we need to plan for each season. Choosing plants that bloom at different times of the year ensures a colorful display from spring to fall. Planting bulbs in the fall for spring blooms, and perennials and shrubs that bloom in the summer and fall. Evergreens, which provide year-round interest and structure to your garden.

Select Native Plants

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, making them an ideal choice for a year-round garden in Northern Virginia. They require less water and maintenance than non-native plants, and they provide essential habitat for local wildlife. Some native plants to consider for your garden include Virginia bluebells, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and Eastern red cedars.

Incorporate Hardscaping

Hardscaping elements such as paths, walls, and patios can add structure and interest to your garden, as well as provide functional spaces for outdoor living. Choose materials that complement your home and garden style, such as natural stone, brick, or wood. Consider adding lighting to highlight your hardscaping features and extend the enjoyment of your garden into the evening hours.

Consider Water Management

Water management is an important consideration when designing a year-round landscape in Northern Virginia. You’ll need to ensure that your garden receives adequate water during dry spells, while also preventing erosion and runoff. Consider adding rain barrels or a rain garden to capture and reuse rainwater, and incorporate permeable paving materials to allow water to infiltrate the soil.