Sunol LandscapeModern Landscape, San Francisco
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‘Bright Edge’ Adam’s needle (Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’) grows in the foreground of this California garden, and ‘Elk Blue’ California Gray rush (Juncus patens ‘Elk Blue’) grows in the background. 5. Keep it simple. Understand and be realistic about your interest and time availability for maintaining the garden. When it comes to planting, less is often more. In this landscape design by Huettl Landscape Architecture, dark river rock contrasts with geometric concrete pavers. Ornamental grasses are kept to a minimum, reducing maintenance and watering that might come with a lawn or flower bed.
Ground cover. Low-maintenance gardens have become a priority for many of us, and garden designers are looking for interesting materials to replace lawns and borders that can fit the bill: low cost, easily installed and maintenance free.Pebbles and cobbles can be used as a low-maintenance ground cover in both traditional and contemporary gardens. The stones in this garden add texture to the design and contrast against the smooth concrete paving, while also providing a permeable mulch for the planting.
3. MaintenanceOnce you've designed and built your firesafe landscape, maintenance is key to keeping it that way. Make sure you:Remove logs and stumps embedded in the soil within 100 feet of structures.Remove leaf clutter from roofs and gutters.Remove tall, dry grasses.Prune bushes and shrubs regularly to remove excess growth and dead leaves.Get rid of all the cuttings and debris ASAP.More: 10 Real Ways You Can Help After a House Fire
Hardscapes play a major role in contemporary design. Here, mixing and matching materials — concrete, gravel and decking — works. While each material defines a specific space, whether it's the garden bed, entry area or pathway, keeping each area the same relative size and on the same horizontal plane means no single material overpowers the others.
Here's a closeup of the same type of path treatment, in which a powerful line is formed by evenly spaced stepping stones installed in a gravel bed. The bold path frames the home and also moves the eye through the landscape to the deck beyond.
Rectangular pavers separated about four inches from one another can look look in sync with modern or transitional architectural. To save some cash, create a larger space between each. By the time you price it out, you'll realize the difference between 2 inches and 8 inches may be 8 full pavers, saving you hundreds of dollars...which you can then give to me to buy my own.