When air temperatures in northern Virginia are frigid, it can be hard to imagine the beauty of spring, but I encourage you to try. The truth is, the days of patio sitting (& sipping), of lush greenery, of backyard barbecues are closer than you think.
In fact, due to a relatively mild — HA! Sure doesn’t seem that way now, does it? — winter in northern Virginia, that snow-blanketed ground has never completely frozen, so the time to think spring is now! Yes, you heard me right. The time to start planning, and laying the groundwork for your outdoor spring landscaping projects is today.
The process of landscape design and planting is nothing if not detail-oriented, and it’s these details that make hiring the right northern Virginia landscape design and build firm so important.
Come, bring us your vision, and let Grigg Design turn that dream into reality. We take functionality into account — access, exposure, water requirements, erosion, privacy, and more — before the conversation of aesthetics can begin. Oh, and let’s not forget about budget. We’ll talk honestly and openly about cost, and will work with you to achieve the landscape you want without breaking the bank.
With all of the nitty gritty out of the way, the fun can begin! Our expert design and build team loves to talk about COLOR, the right sequence for the right blooms, and texture. We love plants. There’s no two ways around it. Plant material can be used to soften and cool a landscape when used in conjunction with hardscape (We’ll talk about the fun that is hardscaping next.); plant material offers visual relief for your outdoor spaces; and plant material is, put simply, pretty.
Hardscaping. That’s not a term you hear often, and frankly, you’re not even sure what it means. But really, it’s not as complicated or as foreign as it sounds. Most landscape designs include common hardscape elements like patios and walkways.
If you’ve always dreamed of a backyard patio, or a walkway that winds its way around your home in northern Virginia, let us know! Your expert Grigg designer will talk with you about your options, such as random run flagstone, irregular flagstone, concrete pavers and brick — all of which can be set ‘dry’ in stone dust, or ‘wet’ on concrete.
Want a wall? We can give you a wall.
Talk with a member of the Grigg Design team about the difference between retaining and decorative garden walls, and which is right for your landscape. Over the years, we’ve constructed walls made from dry stack stone, and stone-veneered concrete; we can cap stone walls with flagstone, and leave others natural. Whatever your aesthetic preference, all walls are fitted with any necessary drainage to ensure lasting placement.
Sometimes, a landscape needs… something. Something special, an accent or a focal point, in order to feel finished. And boy, as much as we love color and sequence and texture, we love features even more! We’ll build you a fountain, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen made of fieldstone.
Make plans to stop by the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend, February 27–March 1, where Purdue-educated expert horticulturist Patrick Corken, and the Grigg Design team will be standing by — in booth #842 — to say hello, to answer questions, and to turn landscape dreams into reality.