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How to Create a Backyard Oasis

By Botanical Decorators
September 13, 2013

There’s nothing like a resort-style vacation filled with luxurious seating areas, stunning fountains, lush plantings, and breathtaking views. It’s getaways like these we spend all year looking forward to—but you don’t have to limit yourself to the occasional trip to experience resort-style luxury. Instead, you can bring the resort home with you and create your own backyard oasis that you can enjoy year-round. Keep reading to learn how you can transform your property from boring to botanical!


Backyard Ideas

Now that you’ve decided to transform your landscape into an outdoor oasis, you may need some backyard ideas to get you started. The following landscape elements are perfect for backyard retreats in the Maryland area:

  • Patio spaces. Include patio spaces by the swimming pool or outdoor kitchen where you can dine, host guests, or relax. Include comfortable and stylish patio furniture and consider adorning the space with plantings and trees.
  • Landscape plants. Install layers of lush plants and colorful flowers to create that tropical feeling and add visual interest to your landscape.
  • Water features or fountains. Add water for a sense of tranquility and a beach-like quality. Consider installing fountains in garden designs or including waterfalls in a natural, rocky setting or in the swimming pool area. A koi pond can also help captivate that vacation feeling.
  • Fencing.  A fence can provide privacy and create a nook that’s separate from the rest of the neighborhood, allowing you to feel as though you’re escaping reality in your backyard oasis. Integrate plantings into the fence design for a dramatic, tropical feeling.
  • Outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen provides the perfect spot for outdoor parties and summer barbeques so you can entertain and show off your backyard retreat at the same time.
  • Fire pit. With a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, you can create an inviting glow and add warmth that can extend the use of your outdoor space into the cool fall nights.

As you’re installing the landscape elements above, consider incorporating romantic nooks into your space. Subtle candles or stone pathways illuminated by outdoor lighting can help provide this effect. Installing a footbridge around a corner or using an arbor as the entrance to your patio area can also provide romance and create tucked away surprises for more intimate evenings.

Creating a Backyard Oasis in Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia

Are you ready to create a backyard oasis in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia? The experienced landscape designers at Botanical Decorators can help you live in luxury by building backyard retreats filled with scenic views and landscape elements you’ll love. Whether you want to create a cozy outdoor space with a romantic ambiance or the perfect spot for outdoor parties, we can help bring your ideas to life and provide suggestions to help you accomplish your goals.

From Columbia to Chevy Chase to Arlington and other parts of Northern Virginia, we’ve been recognized for creating landscape designs that transform properties into backyard retreats time and time again. Contact us today for a design consultation and be on your way to building the backyard oasis of your dreams!


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