The design concept for this garden was to create a tiled patio area with a "tropical" feel complementing the design of the house. This design opens up the area for a better use of the space, and allows for the placement of the fire-pit and also increasing the available space for table, chairs and entertainment.
This design provides screen plantings through the use foliage of the palms but still maintains an open feel to the garden with mass planting at the base of the palms. A number of features are included, fire-pit, fountain, built in redwood benches, mirrored windows to add the illusion of space, hammock location and feature planting to be viewed out through the side windows.
The remains of the old spa
New paved courtyard
Saltio paved courtyard, with firepit and redwood seating
Gas firepit and Redwood seating
Feature fountain and mirror windows
Existing unused slope
The plan for this garden was to take the large existing unused and rather muddy triangular shaped slope and transform it into a meadow of rolling lawn flanked with flowering borders leading to a focal point at the far end.
The existing slope was re-graded to allow for a gentler slope. At the far end a Gazebo was constructed to create a focal point and also to be a place for shade refuge and solitude in the garden.
The plantings along the sides of the lawn area are a mixture of citrus, flowering fruit tress and flowering perennials to provide year round color. The gazebo has jasmine vines planted that will eventually cover the lattice of the structure and provide a wonderful scent in the area. In the area behind the gazebo a large weeping willow is planted this will eventually provide a wonderful backdrop to the gazebo as well as shade it from the sun. This thirsty tree will also help with some of the water runoff issues associated with the sites poor soil and drainage.
After Garden By Design. Rolling lawns leading to a Gazebo
New horse fence
Rolling Hills Peacock
Built in BBQ
In this job we took the unused and well worn area around the base of a large Jacaranda tree and designed and constructed a built in BBQ, Bar Counter, Seat Wall and Brick Paved area.
The curving style and the use of the broken concrete in the structure reflects the style of some of the existing structures in the garden already. The BBQ patio was constructed so that the paved areas and low seat walls compensated for the change in grade. The far side of the BBQ counter is designed to be a bar counter. The low seat wall also provides for much needed extra seeting around the BBQ which is now a focal point of the garden. Along with installing the BBQ and connecting it to the natural gas supply, a faucet, sink and electrical outlet was installed into the structure.
A small redwood pergola was designed over the BBQ counter. It is a place to hange the collection of stag ferns and also for the sweet smelling honeysuccle planted nearby to grow over.