Softscaping in Manhattan Beach, CA: Natural, Beautiful, and Sustainable Landscape Installation
When you gaze out your window or step outside — what's the first phrase that should spring to mind? Natural beauty? Unique oasis? Luxurious haven?
In designing your outdoor spaces, you have a certain aesthetic and vision that you want to convey to your guests, your neighbors, your family, and yourself. From the patio to the pool to the front yard, the plants and foliage should tell a story about your aesthetic sense, your appreciation of nature, and your commitment to sustainability. If you're looking to enhance your outdoor spaces near Manhattan Beach, CA, Cutting Edge Landscape Design is here to make your vision a reality. We specialize in softscaping — using plants, flowers, and foliage to make your home a haven.
What is Softscaping?
Most people are aware that landscaping refers to shaping and designing outdoor spaces. In reality, landscaping is an umbrella term that covers two separate but entwined concepts: hardscaping and softscaping. Simply put, hardscaping refers to the structural components of outdoor living — patios, outdoor kitchens, paved areas, staircases, walkways, and beyond.
By contrast, softscaping refers to the living elements of landscape installation design. Think plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, succulents — all the diverse horticultural components that breathe life into a yard. Designed to flow naturally with the seasons and climate, a good softscape design takes into account soil conditions, drought potential, and sustainability. At the same time, softscape design celebrates the beauty of nature — combined with your personal aesthetic — to create an unrivaled outdoor space.
Color, Balance, Flow, and Sustainability: The Art & Science of Luxury Softscape Design
We truly believe that effective softscaping melds the art and science of horticultural design. On the one hand, it's important to adhere to principles of design like color, flow, balance, and unity. On the other hand, softscaping is ineffective if undertaken without a healthy knowledge of the soil, climate, and plant species unique to the Manhattan Beach area. As we design, we keep some important principles in mind:
Seasonal, Native, and Diverse
To us, one of the most exciting aspects of softscaping is that it's a flexible, intuitive process that can be adapted for a variety of seasons, climates, and personal tastes. This is especially true in the Southern LA area, which is home to an incredibly rich diversity of plant life. Native grasses, colorful wildflowers, native sages, and gorgeous succulents — Manhattan Beach plays home to plants that vary in size, color, and type.
As part of our commitment to this beautiful area, we softscape with native plants in mind. Not only does this ensure horticultural elements that are well-suited to climate conditions, but it also means that we avoid using invasive species that cause more harm than good in our local ecosystem. All of our plants are carefully chosen for their physical attributes — as well as their suitability to the Manhattan Beach area.
Beautiful Flow & Design
We see the fusion of hardscaping and softscaping as a holistic process. With softscape design, it's pivotal to provide for flow and design that incorporates other elements of your home, garden, and patio elements. Our softscape designs work in and around pre-existing features in your yard and outdoor spaces. As you're considering a cohesive design, ask yourself some questions: How does one element of the landscape flow seamlessly into another? Is there an intuitive transition from one area to another? Is there a balance and unity to elements — with a sense of incorporating diversity?
Additionally, this is where it's important to think of design elements that are important to you. When it comes to color, for example, do you favor a more classic and muted design? In that case, we can work with you to softscape with earth tones in mind. Or perhaps you favor a burst of color in your design? Then we'll design with beautiful native wildflowers. If you love the diversity, color combinations, and variety of succulents — we can work those elements into your softscape design. From rustic to polished, we believe that it's possible to make your softscape vision a reality.
Outdoor Living — Sustainability Matters
In addition to accounting for native plant species, softscape design in Manhattan Beach and the surrounding areas requires keen insights into sustainability features. We resonate with local initiatives by the Manhattan Beach's Environmental Sustainability Division which push for water conservation and sustainable development. As soil, plant, and horticultural experts, we take pride in making outdoor spaces greener.
Not only is environmentalism important to us philosophically, but sustainable design naturally leads to a longer-lasting, more effective landscape. Here are some factors we keep in mind:
- Is the soil at your home better suited for some plants over others?
- Are we designing with drought-resistant principles in mind?
- Is this a low-maintenance design for busy homeowners?
- Is it possible to incorporate plants that require less water?
- Are we positively contributing to the local ecosystem?
As part of our commitment to sustainability in Manhattan Beach, we even offer innovative techniques like xeriscaping — which preserves our local water resources.
Cutting Edge Landscape Design: Premiere Softscape Design in Manhattan Beach, CA
To many people in Manhattan Beach, yards and patios aren't some separate and disconnected space — outdoor areas are an integral extension of the home itself. When it comes to softscape design, we believe there's an opportunity to create the outdoor space of your dreams. Working with principles of good design and ecological stewardship, we seek to fuse our knowledge with your vision. We're proud to offer:
- Experience. Since 2004, we've been providing Manhattan Beach with landscaping, softscaping, and hardscaping design. Our experience helps shape our designs — and produce elements tailored to this region and customized to your aesthetic.
- Knowledge. We want to create the best, so we hire the absolute best. At Cutting Edge Landscape Design, our staff is composed of college-educated architects, craftsmen, and designers — people who understand the unique nature of this area and seek to deliver excellent results.
- Service. Without good service, knowledge and experience fall short. Fortunately, we truly believe in offering our clients the best in tailored, customized, and professional services. We listen to what you have to say, and we communicate at every step of the way.
- Local. We live here, too. Manhattan Beach is important to us. That's why we incorporate principles of sustainability, drought-resistant, and native design into everything we do.
At every step of the way, our team listens to your needs. We take pride in fusing your vision with our professional experience, creating the ultimate in luxury outdoor spaces for your perfect outdoor space.
“My wife Pat and I finally selected The Cutting Edge probably because of the owner, Matt. He kept in touch with us while we decided on the right design for our front yard. Once the job started Matt stopped by to direct his crew numerous times. The Cutting Edge crew were fantastic and worked their tails off. Bottom line, go with Matt and The Cutting Edge.”
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