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Jay Sifford Contemporary Landscape, Charlotte

Photo of a large contemporary full sun water fountain landscape in Charlotte. — Houzz

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dianaalexander1 wrote:
What is the little plant with the saucer shaped leave far right corner
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
It's a euphorbia. I'm not sure exactly which one as someone gifted it to me out of her garden. Thanks for the question.
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That helps! I thought those little leaves looked familiar. Thanks, beautiful place!
megconway wrote:
what is low ground cover; can u rec'd ground cover tuff enough for dog
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
Hi. Thanks for the inquiry. This is moss. It can handle only occasionally light foot traffic. The toughest ground cover I know of is Mazus. You may want to consult a good local garden center to see what will do well under your conditions in your area. Beware of English ivy as it is toxic to dogs if ingested.
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Great information to have!
neluki wrote:
It's magical. Would this work in VA.
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
Hi, thanks. This absolutely would work in Virginia. In my opinion, the key to a good looking natural water feature is that you have a natural slope. You can always build up a flat area but it never looks quite as natural. Good luck! Send in some photos if you decide to execute your project.
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Unwind in Your Own Private Garden Escape
Introduce the element of water. Few things have captured the imagination of the human race like water. Water nourishes and sustains, reflects and absorbs light, and provides a home to a multitude of creatures, all of which are reasons to include some type of water element in almost every garden. The sound and movement of water bring a special degree of visceral animation to the garden.The specific type of water feature you choose to incorporate into your personal space will vary according to your affinities, space and budget. You may choose a naturalistic type of pond like the one shown here, or even a trickle of water flowing through a piece of bamboo in a Japanese garden. Tip: Consider having your water feature professionally designed, and buy the best equipment you can afford. There is nothing relaxing and nurturing about broken pumps, algae blooms and water leaks.
Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Moss: Nature’s Carpet for the Garden
Moss most frequently grows in damp or humid areas. Diverse species can grow in sun or shade, in soil, on rocks and on tree trunks. In summer it can be a plush carpet that anchors our gardens; in winter its luxuriant evergreen color provides that much-needed respite from seasonal doldrums.
Annie Thornton added this to 9 Ideas for Thoughtful Gardening in 2014
1. Design a garden that makes you feel good. Gardens can be an extension of your design style, a complement to your home’s architecture or a way to share your point of view with the world, but they also can be healers. Outdoor spaces, plants and wildlife often have restorative powers that no perfectly decorated room can match. Make your garden a place you can be proud of, but most important, make it a place you can feel yourself in. Don’t worry about expectations, and build a garden that makes you feel at home — that’s the masterpiece.See more: Unwind in Your Own Private Garden Escape
Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Beautiful Noise: How to Create a Symphony in Your Garden
A traditional waterfall allows for some fine-tuning after installation. By installing a ball valve on the outlet portion of your pump, you can adjust the water flow to provide the sound that pleases you. Never install the valve on the intake portion of your pump, as this can significantly shorten the life expectancy of your equipment. The addition or subtraction of rocks at the base of your waterfall can significantly affect the quality of the sound it produces. Adding rocks will brighten the sound and create splash. For ease of maintenance, be sure that doing this will not cause your feature to lose water.
Becky Harris added this to You Said It: ‘Enjoy Your Own Private Symphony’ and More Houzz Quotables
“You will enjoy your own private symphony when you stop long enough to listen.” — Jay SiffordSifford gets downright poetic about the way the crunch of gravel, the different drips and splashes of water, grasses that rustle in the wind and other elements can engage the sense of sound in the garden. From the Comments section, it seems Houzzers are split on whether wind chimes delight or annoy — following up with all of your comments was particularly interesting to me.Full story: Beautiful Noise: How to Create a Symphony in Your Garden

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Bernie Van Niekerk added this to bernie_vanniekerk's ideas
Natural setting, ferns, waterfall
Dyane Gagnon added this to Idées de Dyane
l'eau qui coule dans la chute avec la verdure relaxant .merci
Nikolay K added this to nikolay_k73's ideas
Въведете елемента на водата. Малко неща са завладели въображението на човешката раса като вода. Водата подхранва и поддържа, отразява и поглъща светлината и осигурява дом на множество същества, всички от които са причина за включването на някакъв вид воден елемент в почти всяка градина. Звукът и движението на водата довеждат до градината специална висцерална анимация. Специфичният тип вода, който сте избрали да включите в личното си пространство, ще варира според афинитетите, пространството и бюджета ви. Можете да изберете натуралистичен тип езерце, като това, което е показано тук, или дори струйка вода, която тече през парче бамбук в японска градина.
Jan James added this to jan_james66's ideas
Waterfall aspect would work well in corner of backyard next to the fence making a beautiful focal point.
ernielok added this to ernielok's ideas
The moss and ferns on the right gives an authenticity to the waterfall
Lynda Thiessen added this to Outdoors
love ferns beside water feature

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