Can you think of anything more peaceful than a quiet, flowing fountain? Envision a formal courtyard with low hedges of closely trimmed Japanese boxwoods outlining formal parterres separated by brick-lined stone paths, all surrounding a fountain in a delightful pond. Does that match your picture of elegance and sophistication in the Pennsylvania landscaped garden?
Whether you desire to spruce up an existing formal courtyard and fountain area at your Fraser or Malvern Main Line home; or renovate an entire plaza for a fresh and original outdoor experience, think carefully about the these three elements as you incorporate them into the design — paving materials, hardscapes, and fountain style.
Choosing the paving materials – Because a courtyard is a more spacious concept than a walkway, the style of the pavers is going to influence heavily the overall feel of the design. Popular paving material choices include granite cobblestone, herringbone bricks, concrete or travertine pavers, flagstone or the indigenous and ruggedly beautiful Pennsylvania bluestone. Each of these choices brings its own range of color variations, depth and texture to the finished design.
Considering the hardscapes – Formal courtyard and fountain designs often include walls or garden beds to enhance and frame the vignette. Due to color variations in the paving materials (especially stone and brick), it is crucial that the hardscape tints are complementary to maintain balance and symmetry throughout the design and avoid any discordant color clashes. Your professional landscape designer will make sure the final result is stunning.
“Due to color variations in the paving materials (especially stone and brick), it is crucial that the hardscape tints are complementary to maintain balance and symmetry throughout the design…”
Deciding on the fountain – There are so many lovely, artistic, gaze-worthy fountains to choose from for your formal design. You can opt for any of the following:
- Aged-looking, European style fountains
- Sleek, contemporary selections
- Ornate, multi-level fountains that awe the senses
- Simple, minimalist fountains that soothe you with the soft sound of running water
Finally, frame your masterpiece with lovely plants and flowers that enhance your display. Place topiaries in distinctive planters or urns near doorways or the courtyard entrance. Make a space for a comfortable bench or table and chairs for prolonged enjoyment of the sights and sounds of your wonderful formal courtyard and fountain design.
For a professional complimentary on-site consultation to discuss formal courtyard and fountain design for your Main Line or Philadelphia home, call 610.355.0703, or send us an email using our website contact form. Philadelphia area Aardweg Landscaping has over 35 years of design experience in southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
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Possessing a broad knowledge of plants, Steve Aardweg of Aardweg Landscaping creates landscape designs and installations that are naturally suited to southeastern Pennsylvania communities, including Fraser and Malvern.