Gwendolyn Johnson Design
Landscape Design for Your Home

Designing Outdoor Spaces that enrich your life & feed your soul.
Gwendolyn Johnson Design, LLC
Remodeling and Home Design
Outdoor Entertainment Patio

Top Hits of 2018

When meeting with new residential clients about their outdoor spaces, some people ask me what outdoor elements are most requested these days. For my clients, it’s a wide range from outdoor kitchens to swimming pools to shade gardens. My goal is always to design outdoor spaces that will enrich my clients’ individual lifestyles, not necessarily follow trends. But it is an interesting question, so here’s what one survey found. 
From American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)*
Outdoor Design Elements 
Ranked in expected order of popularity:

Fire pits/ fireplaces – 66.0%
Lighting – 65.4%
Seating/dining areas – 64.0%
Outdoor furniture – 59.1%
Outdoor kitchens – 58.8%
Decking (i.e., rooftop decking, etc.) – 53.6%
Grills – 50.0%
Movie/TV/video theaters, wireless/internet, stereo systems – 48.0%
Outdoor heaters – 40.5%
Stereo systems – 36.9%
Pools and spa features (hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools, indoor/outdoor saunas) – 36.9%
Utility Storage – 32.3%
Hammocks – 29.2%
Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) – 28.5%
Showers/baths – 22.9%

Have you been thinking about adding any of these elements to your outdoors spaces? If you need some design ideas, give me a call!

*Source: Accessed 11/19/18.

New Year Resolutions Fulfilled!

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to update your outdoor spaces, now is the time to start planning! If you have an extensive wish list, or have no ideas what to do, I will work with you to create a customized Master Plan for your outdoor spaces that you will love for years to come.

To see some examples of my designs, please visit my website: Or feel free to call me at 610-896-8444, or email me at


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Ilex x meserveae 'Honey Maid'
Winter Beauties

While winter is a quieter time for the gardens of the MidAtlantic region, evergreens, berries, textural barks, and even some flowers can add lots of interest. Here are some of my favorite plants that show off during the winter months!

Betula nigra 'Heritage'               Skimmia japonica

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'         Erica carnea 'Winter Beauty'


Magic at Longwood
This Holiday Season!

Wow! Trees floating in midair above the Fern Floor! Read Longwood's blog that tells the story and process of how they made this happen! Fascinating read... lots of logistics and a test run mid-summer!  Click here to read their full blog post.



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