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What is a Formal Water Feature and How Can One Complement Your Landscape?

Thinking of adding a water feature to your Haymarket, Manassas, or Potomac landscape? When considering adding a water feature to your yard or garden, you must first examine your landscaping style and explore what kind of water feature will suit, complement, and enhance your space.

If you prefer straight lines and symmetrical design, consider adding a formal water feature to your landscape. Characterized by straight edges and geometric shapes, formal water features are clean, simple, and straight-lined.

Formal water gardens draw the eye to focal points such as water features or sculpture, and are commonly accented with topiaries, stone fountains, and neatly-planted rows of perennials or boxwood. Formal water features range from reflecting pools to rectangular displays or water lilies or papyrus. Plants are used as ornaments, rather than the central focus of the formal feature. However, if you’d like to soften the geometric lines of a formal water feature, consider adding loose, flowing plants or staggered plant sizes to relax the look of the water feature.

For more information on formal water features and other hardscaping and how they can augment your Washington DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland landscape, contact Lost Creek Landscapes. Lost Creek Landscapes provides a full suite of landscaping and hardscaping services in such areas as Vienna, Chevy Chase, and Middleburg, and is fully licensed and insured throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.