This planting bed was such a small space that multiple drawings from different vantage points were unnecessary.
Not every project receives a colored concept drawing but the terra cotta pot was to remain in the composition dictating the need to have the color of the pot repeated throughout the design with the foliage or bloom color of the selected plants.
Low water-use plant & succulent planting
The homeowner for this small planting bed asked for the design to be approached in the same manner that container gardens are approached using the design elements of thriller (tall accent plant), filler (mid-level plants), spiller (plants that are low-growing or spill over the edge).
A Beagle resides on this property who has free reign in the backyard running through the planting beds and frequently takes naps in them. This required the selection of plants that were not prone to snapping when brushed against, or that contained spines or toxic sap.
Traditional landscape design services offer a landscape plan to the homeowner, which shows a birds-eye view of the property identifying structures and hardscape in outline form and plants in varying sizes of circles. I approach the process by supplying the client with a plant list and then take photos of the areas needing new plantings. Next, I print the photos in black and white on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, place tracing paper over the printed photos and draw in the existing elements such as fencing or mature trees that will remain on site. Then I execute drawings from different vantage points, if necessary, showing the new plants in their mature sizes in the suggested placement. This allows the homeowner the ability to see what the plants will look like a few years after installation, as if they were standing there in the future.
This Walnut Creek townhouse with a north-facing sloped front yard was planted with turf and had two issues contributing to the failing health of the lawn. The area did not receive enough hours of direct sunlight to keep the lawn lush and the slope caused irregular irrigation. The spotty remnants of turf were removed and aggregate stepping stones, matching the existing hard surfaces, were installed to form a walkway from the front porch to the street. This new walkway would be used often to access a car that the residents frequently parked at the curb.
The homeowner desired a new landscape to flank the driveway that would be low maintenance and thrive in the mostly shaded environment. The newly installed stepping stones were bordered with Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' to highlight the path. Taller shrubs were installed in front of the wood fence that when mature will provide some fragrance such as Sarcococca ruscifolia and Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'. Both of these shrubs are slow growing and stay at 3'-5' in height preventing the need to prune any time in the near future. A third shrub, Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', was planted throughout to provide a different texture that does not exceed a mature height of 3-3 1/2 feet tall.
Linnea is exactly what I was looking for in a landscape designer! She considered all of the site requirements and my desire for a low-maintenance landscape design, gave me lots of options, and based on my preferences came up with a dynamic design including plants with varying height, color, and foliage. I appreciate Linnea's artful approach to landscape design. Her plans are presented like pieces of art while being easy to understand and follow.