The original garden consisted of a kidney-shaped pool surrounded by a low concrete wall. Railroad tie steps and a pressure-treated wood retaining wall led from the house to the pool. The clients wanted a somewhat more formal garden that would complement the mountain setting and wouldn't require redesigning the pool and pool deck.

The existing low concrete wall was painted a soft sage green and capped with brick that matched the pool copping. Low, brick columns on each end and a clipped boxwood hedge add a formal touch and enclose the lush planting of California natives and drought-tolerant plants on the hill between the house and pool. The old wood retaining wall and railroad tie steps were replaced with dry stacked bluestone ledger and paving.
Others who worked on this project: Laura Livingston Landscapes
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Steps from pool to house Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“great step ideas for front and back” — ggradel
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Planting around pool; new brick cap on existing wall Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“an option for brick” — oreobaby
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New brick pillar and cap on existing stucco wall Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“brick” — oreobaby
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Garden detail Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“lighitng” — Kathleen Lardner Designs
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View from house toward pool. Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“land” — eli1619
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Bluestone garden path Photo: Kathleen Shaeffer
“Over grown feel” — zuno
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