A Down-Sized Dream Garden – Part 2
Last week we took a look at a narrow, sloped back yard belonging to some clients I met several years ago. The “before” photos are pretty intimidating.
We started by leveling the slope as much as possible using concrete block retaining walls, on top of which was built a six-foot cedar fence. Then, to create the sense that the garden-to-be was larger than its dimensions, I decided to divide the space into garden “rooms.”
Nearest the alley would be a “fragrance garden.” In the middle was a “stroll garden” with fieldstone steps to lead the visitor through the area down to the “patio garden” at the bottom of the space. There we would install a small millstone pond (to substitute for the koi pond on the client’s wish list, because of space constraints) to provide the sound of moving water. Because the patio area was directly adjacent to the under-deck space, it was essential to transform the screening and so we created a faux “potting shed” look (another item on the wish list).
Remember the view up towards the alley from the bottom of the lot?
After the garden was completed, it looked like this instead.
The new view from the other angle of the garden is equally inviting.
It’s a tough garden to shoot from other perspectives because it’s so narrow. In the spring, there are lots of daffodils; and there’s a fastigiate Ginkgo tree (“Princeton Sentry”) to remind my client of collecting ginkgo leaves with her father; and other carefully chosen plants, in the lawn-less front yard as well as the back. So if you’re down-sizing, don’t assume you have to give up a dream garden – just plan carefully and be flexible.Explore posts in the same categories: landscape, Landscape design solutions, photography comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.