W 14th ResidenceContemporary Patio, Vancouver
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8. Geometric. In this garden in Vancouver, Washington, built-in benches and concrete planters filled with grass-like foliage and evergreen plants create a standout backyard foundation design. In the back planter, the deep green foliage of Mexican orange and the cascading lime-colored foliage of golden Japanese forest grass form a pleasing composition. Wiry horsetail rush fills in the perpendicular planter, acting as a “room” divider.If you’re thinking about building a foundation-level planter like this one, hire an experienced contractor or another professional to help. Drainage is an important consideration for all foundation plantings (see planting tips below), and wall-side planters require top-notch drainage engineering. Raised soil, for example, should never touch the building, and the soil should always be quick-draining, with drainage aimed away from building. Even planters that appear to be right up against the home have a back side, or a gap is left between the planter and the home’s foundation for air circulation.Plant Combination Mexican orange (Choisya ternata, zones 7 to 10)Golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, zones 4 to 9)Horsetail rush (Equisetum hyemale, zones 4 to 9)Water requirement: ModerateLight requirement: Full sun to partial shade
6. Minimalist. This T-shaped planter in a Vancouver backyard bumps up the foundation planting and defines a simple outdoor seating area. The minimalist planting scheme is made up almost entirely of green foliage: ribbed equisetum, dark green Mexican orange (Choisya ternata) and chartreuse Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra). The bamboo in the back portion of the planter will grow up to cover the exterior siding.
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