As the entry point of your home, your driveway is one of the most important outdoor features you have. A little work to upgrade your driveway landscaping can go a long way, wowing your guests from the time they arrive.
Paving your driveway is only the beginning. The greenery and stonework around it can enhance the visuals. Here’s a little driveway design inspo to help as you’re coming up with your next landscaping project.
1. DECORATIVE CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS
You can take your plain concrete driveway to the next level with decorative concrete. Technology has expanded this trend beyond commercial applications, which is likely why you’ve seen etched, stained driveways in your own neighborhood.
There are several options for upgrading existing concrete, including texturing, stenciling, staining, and stamping. Research all the options and look for a company that can provide the look you want.
2. GRASS BLOCK PAVERS
Who says greenery is only for your yard? With grass block pavers, you let the green show through in your driveway, mixing grass with your pavers. This breaks up the concrete and creates an interesting look.
Grass block pavers might be an option if you have a gravel driveway or you’re fully replacing the one you have. Ripping out a good driveway to replace with grass block pavers can be pricy, so get some estimates before you make a firm decision to go this route.
3. WATER FEATURES
Ponds and fountains aren’t just for your backyard oasis. You can add a water feature to your front yard or garden beds to create an ambiance as visitors approach your house.
Water features are especially fitting in a circular driveway. You can set up a large fountain to serve as the center, routing traffic around it.
4. LANDSCAPED BORDERS
Perhaps the easiest, most affordable change to make to your driveway is in the area immediately surrounding it. Using rocks and/or greenery, you can set up a border that draws the eye away from the concrete and toward the utopia alongside it.
Monkey grass can be a low-maintenance option for driveway edging. Also consider hostas, which do well if your driveway doesn’t get much sun.
The best way to give your driveway the right look is to work with an experienced landscape designer. Great American Landscapes specializes in helping Washington, D.C.-area homeowners find the right look for their outdoor spaces. Check out our portfolio to get some ideas for your own home and give us a call at (301) 972-5681 for a free initial consultation.