Determining Shade for Patio Design Layout
Whenever you lay out patio locations be sure to take into account where shade will be available. In our aging society, shade is number one on the wish list of most clients. Careful placement of trees and patio cover structures will ensure a comfortable living space and a successful design.

One landscape designer suggests walking around your backyard with a compass. Determine which areas of your backyard will be affected by sun and wind. For instance, north-facing areas will likely get the most shade. This may be a great location for your patio and patio cover. This can also help you in determining what plants will grow best in shady areas.

Think broadly when it comes to shade covers. Trees are idyllic with their natural shade, but they can take many years to mature and provide that needed shade. Pergolas are a great option with which you can grow vines to create denser shade. Fabric sail shades are available, along with the typical wood or aluminum covered patio construction.

Tips for Using Greenery to Balance with Hardscape

  • To avoid the feel of overdoing the hardscape, use grass and groundcovers to break up pathways between patios.

  • Place flowerbeds between structures (like homes and walls) and patio areas.

  • Even narrow 24-inch wide planter-beds will help soften edges and give the yard a more inviting, garden-like feel.

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