This landscape was transformed from lawn-centric static space into a livingÂ garden designed for outdoor living.Â It is colorful and entertaining year round, and invites to enjoy and relax, play and garden.
We transformed the yard into a drought resistant landscape with room for many activities: A patio roof and shade trees make outdoor living comfortable; with play lawn and plenty of garden beds (both homeowners are avid gardeners) there’s room to play outdoors year round.
PROJECT SUMMARY: After sitting down with the homeowners, we opted for lawn-removalÂ in front and kept only a minimum of lawn in the backyard for the children to play on. With this landscapeÂ re-do, the homeowners have reclaimed their front yard and created a private â€œbuffer zoneâ€ at their front door. The homeowners are passionate gardeners, so we significantly increased their garden space and filled it with exceptionalÂ drought resistantÂ plants.
We replaced the paving material of the existing terrace with a tumbled paver placed on sand and added a shade structure. Â Although theÂ terrace was reduced in size, it is comfortable for the many uses of this family, and the large shade cover creates lovely dappled shade in this space.Â A wrap-around seat wallÂ invites garden visitors to observe the plants and the fish in the small pond placed at the edge of the terrace for close-up viewing.
As the trees grow, they will not only cool the entrance and protect shade loving plants, they will also complement the horizontal lines of the architecture, anchor the house to its site and â€œshrinkâ€ the home to a more human scale.
To allow more water to penetrate into the subsoil, compactedÂ pervious DGÂ (decomposed granite, a local material) was used to create paths through the garden.Â These paths lead to benches and arbors and provide a clean, fast-drying surface to walk on or ride a tricycle.
Nature Designs Landscaping, Vista, CA