The brief for this project was to take the existing grass slopped front lawn and create a Low Water planted garden. We removed the 40 year old grass, amended the soil and re-installed an efficient irrigation system.
Large boulders were placed on the hill to create depth and weight. A decomposed granite path leading form the driveway to the side service area meanders along the top of the slope.
The plantings for the garden were selected to allow for a low water use garden. They ranged from some small succulents to native grasses, ground covers and a number of feature Pride of Madera.
The parkway of this property was also cleared of the old grass and planted to match the plantings on the slope.
After- Planted Slope
The space between the garage and the front of this home was always a tough spot, passed by quickly on the way to the front door, left to the kids and the dogs. The idea was to create a modern courtyard area, with the feeling of enclosure. Keep the great view and light. Include a "designed" water feature on the large back wall of the garage that was the one side of the space. Link the area to the materials of the home and surrounds. The area was cleared and leveled, and a grid of 3'x3' colored concrete squares poured in place. The 6" gape were filled with polished tan/grey/brown beach pebbles. The overhead structure is very simple with four large posts and four large beams of natural rough cedar wood. The planting around the area are Dodoneae, Star Jasmine and Prostrate Rosemary. The water feature on the garage wall is smooth finished concrete, with copper panels inserted into the face. Water flows down the face of the wall around and over the copper and into the basin below the stones.