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Barker Way, Placentia 2
Barker Way, Placentia 2
Solscapes
Combining a limited use of artificial turf on the parkway and side of driveway with landscaping dominated by colorful succulents, the blue flowers of Buddleia and Alogyne, and the emerald of sago palms, continues to delight the customer.
Palm Beach Container Gardens
Palm Beach Container Gardens
Pamela Crawford & Associates
An agave and flapjacks are planted in this coordinated container garden by Pamela Crawford. See over 1000 photos of Pamela's container gardens at pamela-crawford.com. This project is located in Jupiter, FL.
HG Residence
HG Residence
Heffner Design Team, PLLC
Its always good to recycle, even brick pavers! ATH
Photo of a small tropical full sun backyard brick landscaping in Austin for summer.
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Colorful and Contemplative
Colorful and Contemplative
Sweet Smiling Landscapes
When I came to this property not only was the landscape a scrappy mess the property also had some very real grading and drainage issues that were jeopardizing the safety of this house. As recent transplants from New Jerseys to Southern California these clients were in awe of all the plants they were seeing in their neighborhood. Living on the water at the Ventura harbor they wanted to be able to take full advantage or the outdoor lifestyle and cool ocean breeze. Being environmentally conscious citizens, these clients were very concerned that their garden was designed with sustainability as a leading factor. As they said in our initial consultation, “Would want or garden be part of the solution not part of the problem.” This property is the last house on the bottom of a gently sloping street. All the water from the neighbor’s houses drain onto this property. When I came into this project the back yard sloped into the house. When it would rain the water would pool up against the house causing water damage. To address the drainage we employed several tactics. Firstly, we had to invert the slope in the back yard so that water would not pool against the house. We created a very minor slope going away from the house so that water drains away but so the patio area feels flat. The back of the back yard had an existing retaining wall made out of shabby looking slump stone. In front of that retaining wall we created a beautiful natural stone retaining wall. This retain wall severs many purposes. One it works as a place to put some of the soil removed from the grading giving this project a smaller carbon foot print (moving soil of a site burns a lot of fossil fuel). The retaining wall also helps obscure the shabby existing retaining wall and allows for planting space above the footing from the existing retaining wall. The soil behind the ne retaining wall is slightly lower than the top of the wall so that when the run on water on from the neighbor’s property flows it is slowed down and absorbed before it has a chance to get near the house. Finally, the wall is at a height designed to serve as overflow seating as these clients intend to have occasional large parties and gatherings. Other efforts made to help keep the house safe and dry are that we used permeable paving. With the hardscape being comprised of flag stone with gravel in-between water has a chance to soak into the ground so it does not flow into spots where it will pool up. The final element to help keep the house dry is the addition of infiltration swales. Infiltration swales are depressions in the landscape that capture rain water. The down spouts on the sides of the houses are connected to pipe that goes under the ground and conveys the water to the swales. In this project it helps move rain water away from the house. In general, these Infiltration swales are a powerful element in creating sustainable landscapes. These swales capture pollutants that accumulate on the roof and in the landscape. Biology in the soil in the swales can break down these pollutants. When run of watered is not captured by soil on a property the dirty water flows into water ways and then the ocean were the biology that breaks down the pollutants is not as prolific. This is particularly important in this project as it drains directly into the harbor. The water that is absorbed in to the swales can replenish aquafers as well as increasing the water available to the plants planted in that area recusing the amount of water that is needed from irrigation. When it came to the planting we went with a California friendly tropical theme. Using lots of succulents and plants with colorful foliage we created vibrant lush landscape that will have year around color. We planted densely (the images in the picture were taken only a month after installation). Taller drought tolerant plants to help regulate the temperature and loss of water from the plants below them. The dense plantings will help keep the garden, the house and even the neighborhood cooler on hot days, will provide spaces for birds to enjoy and will create an illusion of depth in a somewhat narrow space. Today this garden is a space these homeowners can fully enjoy while having the peace of mind that their house is protected from flooding and they are helping the environment.
The 2016 Pasadena Showcase House of Design
The 2016 Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Pacific Outdoor Living
This is an example of a large tropical full sun and drought-tolerant backyard mulch garden path in Los Angeles.
Native garden
Native garden
Michael Flaugh, Landscape Architect, P.L.
The client wished to have a sod-free, 100% native plant garden with butterfly and other wildlife activity. I designed this simple stone path that winds through their back yard.
Award Winning Weston, FL Residence
Award Winning Weston, FL Residence
Botanical Visions
This is an example of a mid-sized tropical full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Miami for summer.
Complete overhaul of median strip landscaping in San Messina Weston Florida.
Complete overhaul of median strip landscaping in San Messina Weston Florida.
LunnScape
Complete overhaul of the median strip landscaping in San Messina Blvd. in Weston Florida featuring: Liriope Plants, Cat Palms, Bromeliad, Wart Fern, Black Magic plants, Crotons, Ligustrum Tree, Royal Palm, and Green Island ficus.
Complete overhaul of median strip landscaping in San Messina Weston Florida.
Complete overhaul of median strip landscaping in San Messina Weston Florida.
LunnScape
Complete overhaul of the median strip landscaping in San Messina Blvd. in Weston Florida featuring: Liriope Plants, Cat Palms, Bromeliad, Wart Fern, Black Magic plants, Crotons, Ligustrum Tree, Royal Palm, and Green Island ficus.
Front Yard Landscape
Front Yard Landscape
Broward Landscape, Inc.
Broward Landscape 954-752-7027
Inspiration for a tropical drought-tolerant and full sun front yard gravel landscaping in Miami.
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Botanical Visions
Photo of a mid-sized tropical full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Miami for summer.
Banyon
Banyon
Jilzart Design
Photo of a small tropical partial sun side yard gravel landscaping in Los Angeles.
Key West Retreat
Key West Retreat
Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture
Inspiration for a tropical backyard landscaping in Miami.
Back Yard Landscape
Back Yard Landscape
Tri County Landscape
Different types of backyard retreat in the Tri-County area.
Design ideas for a large tropical drought-tolerant and full sun backyard mulch landscaping in Tampa.
Modern & Drought Tolerant Landscape in Banker's Hill
Modern & Drought Tolerant Landscape in Banker's Hill
BETWIXTdesign - Landscape & Interior Design
This is an example of a mid-sized tropical drought-tolerant and full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in San Diego.
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Botanical Visions
This is an example of a mid-sized tropical full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Miami for summer.
Livin' Cheap in Baja
Livin' Cheap in Baja
Golden Gate Palms and Exotics
This is a shot of Gary's 2006 Livin' Cheap in Baja San Francisco Garden Show exhibit reconstructed at our Richmond nursery. You can come down and see it for yourself!
Modern & Drought Tolerant Landscape in Banker's Hill
Modern & Drought Tolerant Landscape in Banker's Hill
BETWIXTdesign - Landscape & Interior Design
This is an example of a mid-sized tropical drought-tolerant and full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in San Diego.
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Boca Raton, FL Residential Landscape 1
Botanical Visions
Design ideas for a mid-sized tropical full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Miami for summer.
TipTopHaus
TipTopHaus
Josh Wynne Construction
This home is constructed in the world famous neighborhood of Lido Shores in Sarasota, Fl. The home features a flipped layout with a front court pool and a rear loading garage. The floor plan is flipped as well with the main living area on the second floor. This home has a HERS index of 16 and is registered LEED Platinum with the USGBC. Ryan Gamma Photography
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