Sustainable & native Contemporary Landscape, Sacramento
Native plants, a rain garden, sedge meadow, edible landscaping, butterfly, bee and hummingbird plants accent this garden largely built of recycled and recovered materials.
Photos: Mike Heacox / Luciole Design inc.
Photos: Mike Heacox / Luciole Design inc.
This is an example of a contemporary landscaping in Sacramento. — Houzz
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Bruce Parker added this to
Native plants that can tolerate both occasional flooding and dry periods are great choices for rain gardens. Your city and state cooperative extensions are likely to have great resources available to help you design your rain garden. The Seattle Public Utilities Rainwise Program is one of many great resources.
Billy Goodnick Garden Design added this to
I don't know about you, but when I see a bridge, I think water. This understated design element not only creates visual flow toward the generous deck, but the moat-like bed does double duty: It's a beautiful planting composition and a pocket where excess water can harmlessly stay on the property.
Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting added this to
Minimize the use of impermeable surfaces like asphalt, brick and concrete, or mix them with permeable surfaces like gravel or permeable pavers. Paths can be created using decomposed granite alone or using concrete, flagstone or paver steppingstones. These porous surfaces let water be absorbed into the ground, reducing the risk of flood and preventing stormwater runoff. Discover how to manage stormwater in your landscapeShown: A landscape maximized to absorb rainfall with rain gardens along gravel paths, interspersed with pavers
Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to
How to Combine Path MaterialsFor added interest, or to create a connection with nearby architecture, various materials may be combined, as shown here. The key to accomplishing this successfully is to remember the four attributes of juxtaposition: size, shape, color and texture. If none of these are matched, a space looks confusing and disjointed. The best course of action is to form relationships between materials by matching one or two of these and varying the others. In the example shown here, the gray flagstone’s texture and color relate to the concrete step. The gravel’s color relates to the section of stained boardwalk. The flagstone’s texture relates to the gravel, and the stained boardwalk’s shape and texture relate to the deck. As a result, this area reads as homogenous instead of disjointed and it’s full of interest.MoreWhat Kind of Gardener Are You? Find Your ArchetypeMore ways to get your landscape right
Lauren Dunec Design added this to
Edging materials. Pathways made of gravel won’t stay put without an edging material such as synthetic bender board or terrace board, precast concrete, bricks, stone or metal edging.Synthetic edging: Edging made of recycled plastic is inexpensive, durable and widely available. Synthetic edging is very pliable and can create tight, smooth curves to pathways, as shown in the California native garden here. Concrete bricks: Less expensive than brick or stone, precast concrete bricks can also act as attractive edging for paths.Brick: Brick edging works well for traditional and cottage-style gardens and is widely available.Stone edging: Stone is typically sold by the pallet, so it can be difficult to estimate the price per linear foot. Granite cobblestones are commonly used as edging in Northeastern gardens.Metal edging: The sleekest, most contemporary option on the market, metal edging is highly durable and nearly disappears from view. Coated aluminum tends toward the lower end of the price range, while unfinished and powder-coated steel can be more expensive.
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We enjoy this eclectic design look with rectanglular shapes contrasted with circular and curvilinear formations. The walkways tend to pull you into the landscape. Creating some place to go within the landscape also visually draws your eyes and the outdoors into the patio and home as well.