Seasons Logo Portland OR Vancouver WA SEASONS GARDEN DESIGNLLC
award-winning, sustainable landscape design
Phone Us Facebook Twitter Pinterest Houzz Email Us
NO LAWN - AVID GARDENER

BEFORE

No Lawn-Avid Gardener-BEFORE
Lawn - lots of it was a starting point in the back garden.

THE DESIGN

The plan for the new garden.
(click to enlarge)
plan view

The entire new planting area used to be the lawn.

AFTER

No Lawn-Avid Gardener-After One Year
What a difference a year makes! The paths are in and so are many of the plants. The owner is still hunting for some of the plants and the trees are on reserve for planting.

No Lawn-Avid Gardener-left side
Bare areas still remain as the gardener continues to locate plants. The trees are on order and about to be planted.

MORE AFTER PHOTOS
No Lawn-Avid Gardener_AFTER-center
The new paths weave back and forth from the old perimeter path and over the area where the lawn once was.

No Lawn-Avid Gardener-right side
The plantings are exhuberant, colorful, and intensely planted to help keep out weeds. Grasses, perennials, groundcovers, and evergreen shrubs are all included.

ABOUT

  • The owner had just purchased a new home which had far too much thirsty lawn.

  • The owner is an avid gardener, loves plants, and wanted a large garden with a lot of variety and color.
  • The property is adjacent to a river, not far from the Columbia River Gorge. So the water table is high. There is plenty of sun. We knew plants that have deep roots and like moisture would do well here.

  • There is a seating area and fire pit close to the river.

PROJECT GOALS

  • We knew plants that have deep roots and like moisture would do well here, so we targeted those types of plants during plant selection..

  • The owner wanted a lot of color in the form of perennials.

  • The owner wanted to see the river and the seating area near it, so we placed taller plants near the deck where she could see over them and beyond.

  • The owner would have the paths and trees installed by a contractor. She would modify the existing irrigation system, purchase and install the plants.

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • It was important to break up the large space occupied by the old lawn in sizes that would be easy to manage as plant borders.

  • We decided to create 5 ribbon-like paths back and forth across the lawn, with 2 of them connecting in a way that created a large enough space to place a table and chairs with an umbrella..

  • When selecting plants for each of the border areas, some of the plants carried over into adjacent beds to maintain design continuity..

  • Similar colors were used in each border, even if the plants differed to give a unified look when seeing the entire garden from the deck.
 

SEASONS GARDEN DESIGN LLC © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
REVISED:2/4/2017
BACK TO PORTLAND, OR AND VANCOUVER, WA LANDSCAPE DESIGN HOME PAGE