This garden composition was envisioned as a place that is very much in keeping with the architecture in terms of both style and materiality. Simple, clean lines, and Japanese-inspired, with a palette that is for all seasons and yet incredibly low-maintenance. The light grey limestone (Valders) flooring in the dining room continues out into the landscape and provides a low terrace for seating that dissipates on the upper level into strips of paving embedded in a bed of pea gravel. An off-center, oversized Cor-ten steel planter contains a bed of boxwood, which remains green all year round, and a flowering crepe-myrtle is also contained as a focal point. Beds of Nepeta, Ivy, Bamboo (in containers below the surface) and liriope soften the horizontal Ipe fencing, and also offer a bit of privacy. Small rounded carved stone planters with moss and a limestone bench offer gentle sculptural accents in this garden, which is as much about enjoying outside as it is about the view from inside.
Project Architect: Khanna-Schultz Landscape Contractor: Holly, Wood, and Vine Completed: September 2015