This corner lot in Highland Park needed needed a renovation. Our approach was to integrate drought tolerant and native plant materials into this sub-urban site.
On the east side of the house is the Agave Garden with native grasses, decomposed granite and Arizona flagstone.
Arizona flagstone, decomposed granite, golden barrel cactus, blue fescue grass, Mexican feather grass, red aeonium.
This plans shows our choices of plant materials and locations. The strategy involves, varying scales of stone, complementary colors (reds and greens), undulating topography and modifying architectural colors.
This image shows the agave garden to the right on the east side and the succulent and grasses garden to the left on the southwestern side. we integrated the thick Arizona slabs with the existing sidewalk.
SOUTH GARDEN-SUCCULENTS AND GRASSES
On the south portion of the property along the sidewalk, is the native succulent and grasses garden. The red flax and the red aeoniums are grouped to highlight their similar colors and texture.
We designed the east side of the property to connect to the backyard. native agaves line the flagstone path to the backyard. The entry to the backyard is framed by bouganvilla, French lavender and red fountaingrass.
This is the entry at the corner of the property. We have placed large slabs of stone as a walkway and used native agaves and decomposed granite as a ground cover.
The agave garden is at the east side of the property along the sidewalk. We have placed the species of agaves in groups with the senecio and the blue fescue native grasses between.
This is a close up view of the echevaria ruffles and the green aeoniums with the Arizona slab stone.
These just bloomed! Planted just a few weeks ago and already coming in nicely.
We renovated this backyard in Los Feliz. Drought tolerant landscaping and native plant materials were used in conjunction with stone filled benches, decomposed granite and natural flagstone.
In this project we wanted to vary the ground surfaces as much as possible to allow for different activites to occur in each space. Decomposed granite, grass turf, flagstone with native grasses.
This image shows more of the whole space, upper left if for the barbeque with the adjacent dining area to the right side. One level down is a small grass area to the left and a long bench to the right for movie viewing.
Shows the various materials for the project, native grasses, succulents and flagstone mostly, with two rock filled benches.
We used flagstone with a very durable grass between the slabs. The large trees were maintained.
VARIATION IN SPACES
This image shows two of the different areas-the raised dining area and the lower bench area for viewing movies at night which are projected on to the back of the house. We wanted to use this terraced area as a mini amphitheater.
We love this bench. It is a stone filled bench with a wood top. Filled with smooth river rocks, it also has a solid area in front of the beck for your feet from thick timbers buried in the decomposed granite.
To create privacy at the low wall to the neighbor, we designed a stepping fence with an open area above.
These are a few of the stones we used for the benches and landscape borders.
This projects entails a renovation for the landscape in the back and front of the house. We will be replacing an existing retaining wall, building a new retaining wall with new steps, paths and plant materials as well as a "living wall" which will use plant materials to cover a retaining wall in the back of the property.
This strategy uses straight paths and walls to create a design with four separate landings and uses a more formal language, pairs of trees at each garden and a pair of concrete steps which connect the upper and lower gardens.
PATIO 1-is the lower patio with colored concrete paving, a curved planter with a site and a rounded tree well to preservce the existing magnolia tree. PATIO 2 is the lower patio behind the house. The bricks are to be removed and replaced in this area with new concrete and a tree well. PATIO 3 (lower garden) is the first of the upper two patio landings.This area has areas for planters and a guardrail at the top of the existing, angled, retaining wall which will be maintained. There is also a pair of trees flanking each side of the garden. The ground surface is flagstone pavers with turf grass between. PATIO 4 is connected by a pair of wide concrete steps. The upper garden ground surface is colored concrete. The borders are planters with native plant materials and a pair of tree wells flanking each side of the garden.
This is the street view of the property. The new landscaping and site walls will greatly improve the quality of spaces at this home.