Transformation from urban back yard sadness into verdant retreat with pond
The owners of this urban back garden desired a private and verdant retreat, sheltered from the noises of the busy street outside. The parking space for a recreational vehicle, now an eyesore, begged to be addressed and to be worked into the design without attracting attention.
On their wishlist was also the expansion of the deck to allow comfortable access to it from the bedroom door located at a lower level. The planting theme should provide privacy and a lush environment, while requiring little maintenance and water.
A trellis provides a support for vines and screens out the bus parking. The lawn has been dug up, and in its place a fish pond draws wildlife that can be watched from the deck. The sound from a small stream wrapping around the pond distracts from the noises of the street and quiets the mind. The maintenance and water requirements of this garden are low with carefully selected plants. Thanks to the balance in the pond of oxygenating plants, waste-digesting bacteria and fish its clean-up is an easy operation twice a year.