This was a fun transformation!
The clients wanted a small patch of lawn so they could walk outside their bedroom bare foot. They love succulents and grasses.
The biggest challenge was the existing yard's long rectangular shape. It felt small and closed in, an afterthought running along the large expanse of concrete driveway.
I knew we had to change the shape, so I suggested cutting the driveway at a diagonal. This made it possible to enlarge the lawn area, and create a pleasing planting around the existing tree. We continued one of our diagonal lines into the patio area, and not only is it striking, it really changes the flow and feel of this space.
The block wall was cold and uninviting. We painted it to match the house trim, and placed drought-tolerant, easy-care succulents, grasses, and shrubs all along it. Within a year, the wall and fence will be softened by foliage.
|BEFORE: Runway Shape, Tiny Lawn, No Plants|
|AFTER: New Sod, Patio, Painted Wall, Immature Plants|
|AFTER: Extended Lawn on a Diagonal|
|Sitting Area BEFORE|
|Sitting Area AFTER w/Mature Plants|
A year later, plants have grown in, softening everything. And the homeowners are out in their garden all the time!