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Point Breeze Vacant Lot Improvement contemporary landscape

Point Breeze Vacant Lot Improvement


Becky Bourdeau

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AFTER: The proprietor took care of clearing the debris, garbage and Jersey barriers. Next the entire lot was scraped down to about 6 inches below grade. The installation team from Philadelphia's Urban Jungle laid landscape fabric over the soil, then added 6 inches of pea gravel. "Pea gravel is one of my favorite garden floor materials, because it is stylistically versatile, environmentally sensitive and relatively inexpensive," Bourdeau says. "In this region the stone contains a lot of yellows and ochers, which lends a lovely warm, tonal quality to the garden and bridges the cool neutral of the concrete benches and the warm wood of the fencing."Pea gravel is practical as well. "It’s easy for dog walkers to clean up after their pets, allows quick access to the irrigation lines underneath for troubleshooting and maintenance, and is permeable," she says. "Perhaps best of all, pea gravel is loose and crunchy under your feet, making it near impossible to walk through quickly. By forcing visitors to slow down physically, I’m hopeful that they do so mentally and emotionally as well."As for getting folks to sit a spell and enjoy the garden, there are two minimalist concrete benches, and the café has added Adirondack chairs. "It’s a marvelously sunny and comfortable place to sit with a book or just visit with passersby," she says.Boudreau created a sense of order, calm and tranquility by keeping things symmetrical and spacious, placing clusters of plants in the center and the corners of the space, and grouping inground plants in sets of threes to create visual rhythm.

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concrete benches AFTER: The proprietor took care of clearing the debris, garbage and Jersey barriers. Next the entire lot was scraped down to about 6 inches below grade. The installation team from Philadelphia's Urban Jungle laid landscape fabric over the soil, then added 6 inches of pea gravel.
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containers, gravel,minimalistic. also consider containers hanging on wall
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Use of pea gravel - see article about characteristics.
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I love pea gravel too! Also the fence with wooly pockets
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See the combination bench/planter? This style might suit you.
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Love concrete benches and planters.
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Pea gravel--scrape down 6 inches below grade, install landscape fabric over soil, then add 6 inches of pea gravel.
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interesting side yard with gravel and horizontal fence
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