Water Gardens

One of our specialties at Main Street Landscape is the installation of water features. There is a multitude of choices when it comes to designing a water feature that creates a beautiful back drop for entertaining or an impressive focal point in the garden.

Boulder water feature

The soothing sound that the water creates is an important factor when considering which water feature to install as well as its location.

Water gardenThere are many choices when it comes to water gardens.  We install all kinds – ponds with cascading water falls and boulders, fountains, vases, rock bubblers and even pondless water falls.

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The possibilities are endless and our clients love them……more pictures below.Boulders with water falls water, gardens, landscape, fountain

Bridge over water feature in HaymarketBoulders, water, stepping stones

A Pool as Part of Your Back Yard Oasis

Inspired by the following picture of a crew applying gunite to a new pool installation on one of our client’s properties in the snow a couple of days ago, I’m writing this blog.   swimming pool installation in HaymarketBeautiful snow in the background, a new pool being installed in the foreground, quite the site.  Although we don’t install pools, we do work with pool companies to make your dreams come true.  This particular pool installation is part of one of Craig’s designs.  Here is his master plan.
Landscape plan with pool and outdoor kitchen, Prince William County

The rest of the design will be installed by our crews and the homeowner will have their beautiful outdoor oasis awaiting them before the warm weather arrives.  Here are some other pictures of our back yard landscape design installations with swimming pools.Master plan with pool, patio, deck, pavilion, pergola, fireplaceSwimming pool with masonry walls and falls

Gunite is a concrete and sand mixture that is sprayed over a rebar framework. Gunite is a popular choice for pools because of its durability and also because the pool can be created in just about any shape.  Boulders, diving rocks, swimming poolOutdoor landscaping, pool in Fairfax Station

 

 

Winter Work

Many people think that our crews stop working in the winter.  But, that’s not the case.  We work all winter long, weather permitting.  Today is snowing like crazy, so the crews are off, but they will be back to work as soon as possible.  Here is a picture of one of our crews working last winter.

Falls church fire pit installationThey installed two flagstone patios, fieldstone retaining walls, a seat wall and a fire pit on this property in January. We typically plant through December and then start up again in March.  But as far as hardscape goes, the crews keep working.  Here are some pictures of finished projects that were installed last winter.

Veneered fireplace in LeesburgCovered deck and patio in LeesburgFireplace, wood storageOutdoor kitchen

It’s wise to get the work done in the winter, so that your outdoor living areas can be enjoyed as soon as the pretty weather arrives.

 

A Gift Idea

Do you find that you sometimes have trouble thinking of the perfect gift to give to that special someone in your life?

Landscape Consultation presentI read an article recently that mentioned a great gift idea – the gift of expert advice.  Is your wife dreaming of a beautiful back yard, but she doesn’t know where to start?  How about a gift certificate for time spent with one of our designers?  We do offer free consultations, but this would go a step further…..four hours of design consultation and draw time.

Landscape consultation and draw timeCall us for pricing and additional information.  And, check out our other blogs for additional landscape pictures and information that isn’t found in the web site’s portfolio.

Why the Change?

Part of the art of designing beautiful landscape designs is the ability to achieve an ever changing sequence of color from season to season beginning in spring and continuing into late fall and even winter.

Hickory TreeMost of us think of spring and summer for the ultimate enjoyment of garden color, but your landscape can come alive in the fall with beautiful foliage colors, fiery berries and colorful bark.  Have you ever wondered what causes the leaves of your shrubs and trees to change color in the fall?

Fall ColorsLeaves are green in the summer because they are full of the green pigment called chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll is necessary for photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants obtain energy from light. Along with the chlorophyll, leaves may contain other pigments called carotenoids.  In the summer, their colors are masked by chlorophyll.

Red MapleAs summer fades into autumn, plants respond to a decreasing amount of sunlight by producing less chlorophyll.  The chlorophyll breaks down and the green color fades and other colors emerge. Carotenoids, already in the leaves show through in yellows, oranges and browns.

Fall colorRed and purple colors are produced by anthocyanins.  The best fall colors come from a warm, wet spring, a summer that’s not too hot or dry and a fall with plenty of warm sunny days and cool nights.

Trees in the landscape

 

 

 

 

Story of a Water Garden

We installed this boulder water garden back in 2007 for a very nice couple in Leesburg, Virginia.

Boulder water featureA source of pride and joy for the homeowners, the pond has been enhanced over the years by their special care and continual planting additions. I met with the clients again recently.  We will be installing a back yard patio for them in the very near future.

Here are some recent pictures of the water feature and surrounding area.Water feature in Leesburg, VirginiaBoulder water feature

Water liliesThe homeowner loves to work outside in her garden and her water feature.  She climbs right into the pond and pulls out some of the algae by hand.  Too much algae can deplete the pond of oxygen which is essential for a healthy ecosystem.

Landscaped pond in Leesburg, Virginia

The key to a low maintenance water feature is a balanced ecosystem.  Filters, pumps, plumbing, and rocks (all included in our installation) along with the correct plants and fish are all essential elements.

Betty also has snails in her pond and an underwater oxygenating plant called Anachoris to help aid the process. She is proud of her water feature, which is kept beautiful naturally.   And, her fish are very happy as they have plenty of places to hide.

Water feature plantsHere are some more pictures.  The boulder steps in the background climb up to the back of the house.

Boulder water feature

Pond lilies

A view from a different angle.

Fieldstone bouldersAnd, Betty enjoying her water feature!

Water feature and falls in Leesburg, VirginiaThank you Betty and Bill for the great pictures!

 

The Train Garden

Joan had the recent privilege of working with a train enthusiast in Haymarket, VA.  This client has always had an interest in trains and has displayed them during the Christmas season.  Recently retired, he decided that expanding on his train collection would make a great hobby.

With the help of Joan and crew, the homeowner was able to expand his collection into the back yard landscape.  The goal was to create a nice outdoor landscape with a water feature and planting that would showcase the train in a subtle yet historically accurate way.

Boulders in the landscape

The portals on each side of the tunnel mimic real stone train tunnel entrances.

Train gardenThe main feature of this garden is the pondless waterfall.  Water re-circulates through the boulder feature, tumbling over rocks, providing the enjoyable sight and sounds of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

Boulder water feature

The cars on this train are replicas of actual cars from the late/post civil war period.  The locomotive currently seen in this garden is a temporary fill in.  The homeowner is trying to purchase a particular locomotive, ‘The General’.  ‘The General’ is a steam locomotive that was involved in the Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War.

Train in the LandscapeWhat a great project and quite the conversation piece.

Water featureEchinacea, coneflowerHere are Joan and her clients admiring the finished product.

Fieldstone walls

Any other train enthusiasts out there?

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A special thank you to Liam McGranaghan for taking the great pictures.

 

Backyard Paradise

Cedar pavilionI was off to check on my crew in Leesburg, as well as stop by one of Craig’s previous installations to take some pictures.  But, I was hoping to beat the rain.  I pulled my car out in front of his client’s house….it was pouring.  I sat for awhile hoping the rain would let up, but that was not to happen.  I finally decided to take a peak into the back yard.  What a beautiful landscape installation…..even in the rain.  I went back to the car and grabbed my camera.

Pool, landscape

I was able to get a few nice shots under my umbrella.

Pavilion, pool and landscapeCraig’s design included a pavilion, outdoor fireplace, outdoor grill area and bar, water feature, fieldstone retaining walls and landscaping by the pool.

Pond and fallsKnockout roses and daylilies.

Knock out roses and dayliliesBeautiful hydrangeas.

Pool landscaping

It hadn’t occurred to me previously that one could take good pictures in the rain…..but it works.

Grasses in the landscapePavilion by the pool Outdoor living area

Hot Color

Hot vivid colors like red, yellow and orange can be very appealing in the landscape.

Tulips

Tulips

Rose, prince william county

Knock Out Rose

The hot color palette can be expanded to include vibrant purples or intense blues.

Tradescantia

Spiderwort

I especially love orange flowers in my garden beds.  Some great plants for orange color are Cosmos, Daylilies and Butterfly Weed to name a few.  Cosmos are easy to grow from seed and typically will reseed themselves year to year.

Cosmos in Prince William County

Cosmos

Native daylily

Native Orange Daylily

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

We have Butterfly Weed growing in our display and have mentioned previously that it is a host plant for the Monarch Butterfly.

Design center, prince william county, butterfly weed

Butterfly Weed

Orange looks fantastic with its complimentary color blue, the opposite color on the color wheel. Contrasting colors if used properly can be wonderful in the garden.

CosmosAnother useful orange flower is the Blanket Flower, with its hues of reds and yellows, it gives the overall illusion that it is orange.  And, some varieties actually do come in orange.

Gaillardia aristata

Blanket Flower, Arizona Sun

Brightly colored blooms tend to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

 

The Garden Tour

We create beautiful outdoor spaces for our clients, but we also like to see those created by others….perhaps for inspiration and/or new ideas. Last Saturday, the 85th annual Georgetown garden tour was held.  The tour is presented by the Georgetown Garden Club.  I went to the tour last year with two of my daughters and enjoyed it so much, we decided to attend again this year.

River birch and climbing roses

Each year, eight unique and intriguing residential landscapes are featured.  Plus, while strolling the Georgetown neighborhood you get to see many beautiful front yard gardens as well.

purple, orange flowersGarden fence

It was raining for a good bit of the tour, so my picture taking was limited…..would have liked to get a few more shots.  Plus, there are lots of visitors, so clear shots don’t always work out.

These pool pictures were part of a very simplistic back yard design….a bit unusual.

Pool in Georgetown

Swimming poolBut, other gardens were full of color and texture.

Foliage colorColor in the landscapeHydrangea

And, who would think….a pretty grate over a patio channel drain caught my eye.

Patio in Georgtown

Between the rain showers the sun came out….over all it was an enjoyable tour.

Pink roses