Landscape Ideas with Water Features

Landscape Ideas with Water Features

After spending several Spring seasons landscaping and building garden beds here in Colorado Springs, we found that skipping out on the small details of a landscape design can hinder the overall look and feel of your yard. The small things often go overlooked during the building, planting, and hauling of dirt that occurs during a new garden or outdoor living creation. When people say, “it’s all in the details,” it’s absolutely true regardless of the topic at hand. If it’s something as artistic as landscaping, details are essential to the final illustration of the yard, but sometimes no matter how detail oriented you are, something feels off with the partially completed product. Not that there’s anything wrong with a simple landscape, but we began to come up with the solution that most yards here in Colorado are better completed with a stunning water feature. Garden border details, lighting solutions and balanced out material layouts are fairly simple to incorporate once the yard begins to take shape, but we’ve always felt like something was missing during production, which has now been identified as a water feature.

Landscapes with Water FeaturesIn our search for something to bring more life to our luxury garden and landscape designs, our designers quickly found that water feature ideas were definitely a topic to further research and expand upon. Water features bring a beautiful touch of tranquility to every garden, which indirectly also adds a beneficial addition to your home’s surroundings. Structures like fountains, waterfalls, babbling brooks and rock streams are all high-end additions to any style of landscape you’re looking for. Not only is the sound of trickling water a peaceful and relaxing noise while winding down at night, but flowing water also provides an attraction for birds and other beneficial critters to your garden grounds. What better than to have the natural wildlife come freely to your yard and bath in your luxury water fountain while you sip your red glass of wine watching the orange colored Colorado sunset.

Whether a water feature is planned in advance as a prominent feature to your new landscape or is a simple add-on to your existing Colorado Springs yard, you will be glad to have taken the time to include it. Bell Giardino has so many different outdoor living sketches and blueprints for every type of yard out there, we have the ability to literally add in a water feature anywhere. If you have your own personal structure in mind, we can also complete custom designs as well. From koi ponds to spa waterfalls to home entrance spillways to limestone fountains spilling into pools, your possibilities are endless

Don’t think you are only limited to a couple basic figures; Bella can do anything. If you have a specific water feature design in mind that you would like added to your home this coming Spring, don’t hesitate to give our team of Colorado Springs luxury landscapers a call today. Book an appointment with our designers asap since our calendars fill up fast! Finally get the landscape your family wants and deserves with Bella Giardino. Call now!

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Retaining Walls – Beauty & Function

Retaining Walls – Beauty & Function

With the endless options out there for luxury landscape designs, it’s imperative to know all your structural options. The whole idea behind restructuring or designing a new landscape for your Colorado Springs home is to work with the ground you’re given. Yes, you of course have the freedom to essentially create the outdoor living space of your dreams but keeping within your yard’s limits is crucial for the lifetime of your landscape. This is where retaining walls can be vital to aid in obtaining the look you’re going for. Let Bella Designs explain a little bit further:

Retaining Wall ProfessionalsIn order to create a stunning environment, you must first be aware of the structure of the land your home sits on. For example, if you have a hillside as your backyard, you have a better opportunity creating a waterfall than you would say a typical flower bed. Conversely, if you have a completely flat front yard, creating steps might not be the most conventional for you. This is where our local landscapers come into play. Our team here at Bella Giardino is here to help point you in the right direction for what is plausible for your Colorado Springs yard. We can show you what is doable and not so doable for your own home in order to provide you with designs that meet your yard and your dreams in the middle. Now, there is one feature of a yard design that combines function and aesthetics in a unique way to expand your own home’s options even further. We’re talking, of course, about the retaining wall. Retaining walls are important protective features of a yard that also provide a fresh look to your landscape.

A retaining wall can be a critical piece to a new landscape. Sometimes it is important to separate the yard into several different sections, which can be effectively done by retaining walls. Whether you are looking to create an outdoor kitchen, a vegetable garden or a fire pit, starting with a retaining wall is essentially the backbone of your design. Once you have that outline or frame set in place, the rest becomes simple. And of course you have the ability to choose from many different wall materials to better match your home too! Options might include concrete, masonry, stone or maybe a specific type of rock you found that you can’t live without. Hiring custom landscapers, like Bella Giardino, not only makes landscaping easier, it also gives you the ups and downs (literally) of your own yard so you know what you can and can’t do from the start. Bring both beauty and function to the table with retaining walls.

If you’re not looking for a complete yard redesign, but rather just a simple implementation of a retaining wall, we can do that too! Our local company doesn’t just do the whole shebang, we can do individual constructive additions to your yard as well. Want to add just a simple retaining wall in your backyard? Give us a call! Are you looking for a luxury landscape design for your front yard? Give us a call! Bella Giardino Landscapes and Garden Design, does it all so book a consultation today before our 2020 calendar fills up! You can trust our retaining wall experts, reach out now!

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Quality Over Quantity When It Comes to Hardscaping

Quality Over Quantity When It Comes to Hardscaping

Why upgrade your Colorado Springs yard with a hardscape design? That’s easy; because not only are you improving the look and value of your home, but you’re also adding a low maintenance option to your backyard or front yard design. Hardscapes not only look classy and chic from afar, they are also a lot tamer on the utility bill year-round as well. This type of luxury landscaping also adds extra space to your front yard or backyard, so you have more room on your lot to add fun entertainment features like outdoor fire pits, outdoor kitchens, family friendly fire features and so much more! When you do decide to upgrade your home with an outdoor hardscape design, there are a couple significant things you should know before you hire a local contractor. But first, let’s define hardscaping:

What is Hardscaping?

Colorado Springs Hardscaping InstallersMuch like any type of landscaping, hardscaping entails more of the stone or rock type materials than say the plants or evergreens. It is essentially a landscape with stone or block work built into the yard layout of your home, which exponentially increase aesthetics to your lot overall. Hardscapes typically include items like rock formations, retaining walls, patios, brick walkways, fire pits and outdoor kitchens, among many other projects that can vary due to the nature of the word “custom.” When you invest in a project like hardscaping here in our beautiful state, you add an opportunity for a way for your family to spend more time together outside and enjoy the stunning outdoors. But especially in Colorado, hardscapes face intense, difficult bipolar weather in addition to the normal wear and tear on a daily basis, so the hardscaping designs here must be strong enough to withstand our weather. That’s precisely what Bella’s custom hardscape designers and installers do with every new home they rejuvenate. Not only will you get the custom dream hardscape design for your front or backyard you’ve always wanted, you’ll also know you’ll be getting top-of-the-line rock and stone materials that will always withstand our crazy winters. Hardscaping is a perfect choice for Colorado Springs homeowners.

Investing in A Quality Colorado Springs Hardscaping Company

Quality over quantity is a common sentiment that resonates true in almost every aspect of life. When it comes to landscaping, specifically hardscaping, many experts recommend spending more on well-made items than cheap ones. The typical rule of thumb for most applications, especially hardscaping, is that you basically get what you pay for. Meaning, if you purchase good quality materials and have expert craftsman install them, you’re going to have a yard that lasts a lifetime. If you go for the cheaper choice of materials and subpar installers, you should know the lifetime of that decision won’t last nearly as long as the first. Most clients end up spending more money in the long run for choosing the cheaper choice right off the bat due to repairs, replacements and re-designing or fixings of that low-price landscaping. Here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs, we pride ourselves in offering our local Colorado Springs customers competitive pricing on all hardscape projects while still delivering their custom design with high-quality materials and craftsmanship from start to finish. We believe in quality and that’s what you’ll get when you hire us.

If you’re looking to add hardscapes to your home this year, don’t hesitate to call the top-rated professional landscaping contractors here at Bella Giardino. Book a consultation appointment today before our calendars are booked up for the year! If you believe in quality over quantity, like us, give our team a call to get one step closer to your dream hardscape.

5 Landscaping Trends to Watch for in 2020

5 Landscaping Trends to Watch for in 2020

What elements of luxury outdoor living spaces will be enriching the yards of Colorado Springs homes for the year 2020? Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs reviews the top 5 most predicted landscape trends for this coming year to give you some new options to ponder. Whether you are still looking for that new landscape design, or you’re looking for some re-design ideas, Bella has some unique yet on trend ideas to fit all home styles.

Last year, in 2019, it was all about metals, pergolas and evergreen gardens. The past 365 days have shown patterns of landscape styles that ran through a more metallic conundrum with structures and pieces alike, while also increasing the use of pergolas or outdoor kitchen spaces. Not to mention the timeless love of utilizing evergreen plants wherever you can to hold strong during our bipolar Colorado weather. All 3 very understandable for our bipolar Colorado weather, but we foresee this coming year a bit different. Our presumptions for 2020 differ from those though, which include a more simplistic approach to the designs. Think low maintenance, less effort, more high-tech. Below are some of Bella Giardino’s top 2020 landscaping trends that will be topping off the effortless upkeep and simple beauty of course Colorado homes:

  1. Low Maintenance Lawns

Think private oasis meets crisp simplistic aesthetic. Low maintenance lawns and poolscapes will be all the rage next year for family gatherings and relaxation hours that will provide homeowners little no hassle with maintaining this area.

  1. Bring Indoor Living Outdoors

2020 Landscaping TrendsA predicted cool trend in 2020 will be all about combining the elements of your comfortable indoor living room and bringing it to the outdoors to enjoy in the Colorado sun. Adding literal living room pieces like sofas, comfortable chairs and throw cushions, and full kitchen sets like islands, ovens and stovetops will be a must.

  1. Smart Technology

Smart technology is everywhere and constantly growing. Now, we have the ability to enhance our home designs by incorporating new technology to our outdoor living spaces. Adding items like hidden stereos and speakers around fire pits, outlets and multi-panel systems around the outdoor kitchen for phone charging abilities and even retractable movie screens on your patio for an at-home theatre will be so popular this next year. Perfectly convenient for everyone.

  1. Porcelain Patio Tiles

Porcelain tiles for outdoor patios are superb for patio flooring and a lovely trend to add to a 2020 landscape. The neatest part about porcelain tiles is that they don’t absorb moisture when it freezes, allowing for expansion, so it lives a good outdoor lifetime of quality, especially in our crazy Colorado weather. Porcelain tile makes your design versatile, durable and element resistant.

  1. Unique Outdoor Lighting 

Sleek, minimalist, linear lighting will be another popular landscaping element in 2020. Illuminate your walkways paths in a more elegant way by installing more hidden lights across the yard. Outlining priority pieces in your outdoor living space with LED light channels that are hidden under sidewalks and patio spaces will provide a more soothing feel to your yard. Venture out and create a different layout of outdoor lights to stand out from your neighbors.

We can’t tell you how excited we are to jump on these new 2020 landscaping trends! Which 2020 landscaping trends do you like best? Our Colorado Springs luxury landscapers have many new ideas in mind, we just need a new yard to implement them on! If you’re interested in any of the new ideas above or have a custom landscape design of your dreams ready to go, give our friendly staff a call today! We have limited spots open for Spring 202 don’t sign up early to claim your project. Give Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs a call today!

Holiday Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Holiday Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Want to make the exterior of your home just as classically welcoming with holiday cheer as your interior currently is? We know the outside of your house should be just as cheerful as in the inside, especially if you are expecting guests for the holidays. Our luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Designs have outlined some decorating tips on giving your home’s outdoor landscape a festive, timeless look you’ll love, just in time for holiday celebrations. Try any of the below decoration ideas to improve the festiveness of your outdoor living space:

Highlight Your Yard’s Natural Beauty

Illumination of a single tree in the front yard landscape can make a subtle yet elegant statement. The Bella Giardino team suggests highlighting the natural structure of your featured tree with intricate branch wrapping of the string of lights. It’s all in the details.

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Holiday Outdoor Landscape Decorating Ideas

If you have weatherproof pots, the holidays are a great time to fill them with festive materials such as cut evergreen boughs, branches, berries, pine, boxwood, yew, and holly, or try dried hydrangea flowers and seed pods. A custom winter pot display arrangement adds the finishing touch to your garden or yard and looks beautiful under a light dusting of Colorado snow.

Dress Up the Entryway

The beauty of garland tracing the frame of your front door illuminates your home’s entrance with holiday spirit. Using a green garland with bright red bows or fake fruit can be seen from the bottom of your driveway, solidifying the added festive nature if your home.

Add a Welcoming First Impression

As your guests drive up to your home, create an inviting entrance with a holiday decorated mailbox. Adding simple swags of pine or red and white ribbon creates a seasonal flourish to an otherwise mundane item. Enhance it with red accents, pinecones, holiday greenery, or twisted lights to add even more of the holiday cheer.

Stick with Natural Beauty

Natural materials are the easiest to work with for an exterior display, especially wreaths. Adding wreaths to the outside of your home with holiday embellishments such as holly, berries, mall ornaments, red velvet bows, add a punch of color to a naturally stunning Colorado environment. Our state’s landscape is blessed with all the colors of the rainbow, so why not capitalize on our local beauty.

Bust Out the Benches

Give your outdoor patio benches the holiday spirit they deserve by adding an arrangement of holiday greenery, pinecones, gazing balls, and ornaments to them. Elaborate your subtle bench with a basket of pinecones with cut boxwood or wrap the structure of the bench with some greenery garland and lights. The holiday possibilities are endless.

Revive Classic Favorites

Recycle and upcycle your older holiday decorations that can still look amazing in your outdoor living space. Find stored objects like antlers, vintage skis, or snowshoes and embellish with evergreens, boughs, winterberries, pinecones, lights and ribbon to create your very own festive scene. Give new life to those old items you have laying around.

With these new holiday decoration ideas for your Colorado landscape, you are sure to have the most cheerful yard in the neighborhood. Just because its winter doesn’t mean your yard or home should look dull, frozen or boring. Lighten it up this holiday season and continue to enjoy your landscape design even if the weather outside is frightful. We look forward to seeing all your beautiful holiday home decorations this season and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Can I Landscape During Winter in Colorado?

Can I Landscape During Winter in Colorado?

This is the number one question our professional landscapers receive in the cold winter months here in Colorado Springs. About this time every year we begin to receive inquiries asking, “can I landscape in winter?” It is a valid question to ask and the answer isn’t as straightforward as one might think. Sometimes, families don’t have full control over when they move, so perhaps you had to recently move into a new home in October or November and you are welcomed to that new home with lovely Colorado winter weather. Some may wait until the spring or summer to even think about redesigning their outdoor living spaces, but some may want to jump right on that project. Whatever the reason you’re thinking about landscaping in winter, the answer to the above question is absolutely YES! The luxurious landscape designers here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs have outlined several landscaping items anyone can accomplish during a Colorado Springs winter! Check out our helpful list of landscaping ideas in winter below:

Winter is Prime Time to Plan Your Landscape

In order to get an early jump on your dream landscape for the coming spring, consider consulting with a local landscape designer during the winter to get ahead. Waiting until spring to begin the designing and planning process often leads to increased delays due to the excessive clients all wanting their landscape installed all at the same time. Begin planning your dream outdoor living space now with our Bella team so your future self can breathe a bit more when that warm sun comes back out. Be proactive!

Is it Safe to Plant in Winter?

Winter LandscapingKnowing which plant “hardiness zone” you live in in Colorado Springs will help you deciding whether or not you can safely plant during our cold winter months. There’s a simple zone code our city lays within. Colorado ranges from what we call zone 3 to 6, indicating whether we could have extremely cold temperatures during the upcoming winter months. Depending on which zone or harshness of winter chill is deemed for the winter, that will allow you to decide to plant perennials, ornamental grass, or turf during our colder months or not. However, it is typically normal to continue with planting of trees and shrubs no matter how cold the temperatures drop to due to their cold weather durability. It is very important to note that all plant material requires winter watering over the cold season, in addition to the amount of snow we get. Snowfall is simply not enough moisture to keep plants alive in Colorado Springs, especially those that are newly planted, so always keep that in mind.

Complete Hardscaping Projects

On the contrary, winter can be a great time for installing hardscapes. Hardscaping is basically any non-living portion of your landscape design, like rock or stone type areas. Think of the areas where no vegetation is present. It is not uncommon to have your hardscape installation completed during cold weather months here locally simply to just get it down. That allows you for more time in the warmer months to install plant material and take more time on those vegetation areas. Sometimes deep freezes will prevent the installation of retaining walls or other landscape features due to their digging depth into the frozen ground. We all know how bipolar our Colorado weather can be, so just be aware of the season and what options of landscaping you have available to you year to year.

If you elect to complete or plan landscaping projects in winter, you should give our local landscaping team a call. Bell Giardino’s luxury landscaping abilities give you and your family endless options when it comes to outdoor living spaces. Give our experts a call today to schedule a winter landscaping consultation for your home! We are here to help you plan your dream landscape during winter and start implementing hardscaping options as well. Call us now!