When you had outdoor stairs installed, you may have envisioned verdant grass with mulch and lights purchased from a local hardwood store – but there is so much more. Mulch and sod has been done before. Opt for something new and different. We can create a view that will inspire you to read a book, cultivate an herbal garden or simply relax in the fresh air. Outdoor stairs are a design feature that offers dimension and interest. They can be as beautiful as they are functional. At Belle Terre Landscape, we specialize in beautifying stairs and retaining wall with verdant plants, lighting and water features.
When deciding whether to proceed with stair landscaping, it can be helpful to consider the pros and cons. The only detractor from landscaping might be the cost. Landscaping costs can range from $18 to $25 per foot. The variation is cost is dependent upon the materials and plants used. Trees are more expensive than small plants. Water features don’t have to be pricey, but if we are ordering a custom feature from Italy it’s easy to see how quickly expenses can add up. In the long run, landscaping is an investment into your home. It helps to drive up the comps in your neighborhood and increases the value of your home.
Herbs, Flowers, Trees and Shrubs
Think about the type of vegetation you want to border your stairs. If you’re a cooks, strongly consider fresh herbs and leafy greens. Vegetables that thrive in Orleans will serve you well during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Verdant flowers that blossom in spring and summer enliven the senses. Focusing on trees and flowers is proven to do wonders for health, healing and a positive state of mind. Trees are natural temperature controllers. They block the wind in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer. Shrubs offer optical relief and variation to any landscape.
Low Maintenance & Integrative Landscaping
It would be our pleasure to work with your architect and interior designer to bring your vision to life. Landscaping should be completely integrative with the existing structure. Our goal is to complement the natural surroundings. Outdoor features should enhance interior aesthetics. Tropical gardens are beautiful but in all honesty, require a great deal of irrigation and cultivation. For a maintenance free landscape, consider plants that are indigenous to Orleans. They require less water and pruning. Local perennials coupled with aggregates co-exist well in Ottawa climate. For more information about low maintenance and integrative landscaping, contact us today.
Lighting & Water Features
Illumination does wonders for adding dimension and depth to landscaping. Lighting helps guests navigate the stairs at night while deterring small critters. It also helps to highlight the architectural details of your property. Adding a water feature immediately adds value to your home. Humans are innately drawn to water. It could be because we are 65% water. The sound of water bubbling or cascading down a pyramid of rocks is soothing to the soul. We can incorporate effervescent lighting along with an accent water feature to compliment your stairs. Both can be powered by a solar system to conserve energy costs.