A vacation getaway is always fun, but let’s face it — most of the time we stay home.
So why not make your backyard vacation-worthy? A few well-placed landscape elements and you can escape to your peaceful oasis just a few steps away.
While your neighbors are wrestling their luggage into the trunk and hitting the traffic-clogged highway, you’ll already be three chapters into your book and halfway through your first cold drink.
Let’s take a look at a few key elements of a backyard oasis for your New York or Connecticut landscape.
Oasis Idea #1: A Destination
Your oasis should be a special place — not just outside your back door, but a true destination in your landscape.
This can be as elaborate as a pergola or a gazebo or as simple as a comfy bench tucked away in a secret garden.
Add a meandering path of pavers, stones or gravel that takes you to your destination, and you get an instant sense of a mini getaway.
Don’t forget to add flowering vines or potted plants to soften your structure or dress up your secret spot.
Oasis Idea #2: Water
Seems like every good vacation includes water.
Water soothes us, attracts birds, and can help drown out the noises of traffic or loud neighbors.
There are lots of choices here, from ponds, streams or waterfalls to a simple but pretty gurgling fountain.
Oasis Idea #3: Lighting
Your backyard oasis will be so inviting, you won’t want to leave it when the sun goes down. And why should you?
The evening is prime time for watching swooping bats, entertaining friends and listening to crickets. So highlight your oasis with lighting.
Use accent lighting to add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight your favorite features. Don’t forget to illuminate steps and walkways so your guests can find their way back to the house safely.
Your oasis can be a magical place after dark.
Oasis Idea #4: A Peaceful Place To Perch
Gurgling water, lovely lighting, a vine-covered pergola — you’re going to want to stay a while. So include a place to sit.
This could be a perfectly placed bench in the midst of a rose garden, a comfy chaise lounge next to the fountain or an entire patio set under a pergola for dining or entertaining.
Oasis Idea #5: Lush Plantings
Greenery soothes us, cools us and can turn an ordinary backyard into a tropical paradise. Plant layers of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for a lush landscape.
Don’t forget to add plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, including hollyhock, snapdragon, bee balm, purple coneflower, milkweed, and sedum.
Oasis Idea #6: Privacy
You may adore your neighbors, but sometimes you just want to be alone, enjoying your oasis in blissful solitude.
That means some sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls can do the trick, but you can also use lattice or landscaping to define an outdoor space and screen the views of the street or neighboring houses.
Let Neave In On The Plan
Neave Group can help create the perfect backyard oasis at your New York or Connecticut property, and handle every need, every step of the way.
Neave Landscaping has the design team and installation professionals you need to create your dream oasis.
Neave Carpentry can tackle construction of your pergola, gazebo or privacy fencing. Neave Masonry can jump in to create the perfect meandering path. Neave Aquatics has your water feature covered. Lighting? Neave does that, too.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you.
Your blissful escape is just a phone call away.