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OREGON COAST

BEFORE

Oregon Coast-BEFORE
A large expanse of asphalt dominates the face of the buildings - not very inviting.

THE DESIGN

The plan for the new garden.
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Oregon Coast-Plan

AFTER

Oregon Coast-Gaura at the beach
Gaura buffers each owner's courtyard from the parking area.

Oregon Coast-Perovskia
Russian sage (Perovskia) in the foreground with Cotinus and blue oat grass immediately behind it.



MORE BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Oregon Coast-Cotinus
Above: Cotinus among blue oat grass, Miscanthus (maiden grass) and shore pine.
Below: Euphorbia is an evergreen perennial with late winter yellow flowers. Oregon Coast-Euphorbia

Oregon Coast-Geranium
Geranium 'Rozanne' blooms all summer long, disappears over the winter, but the heather & blue oat grass behind it is evergreen and there all year long.

ABOUT

  • A former client moved into a condominium at the Oregon Coast. Immediately next to the beach, they have atypical garden challenges: high winds, salt air, sandy soil, and ELK..

  • The garden area surrounded a poorly designed, inefficient parking area...
  • The condo owners had issues with the public wandering onto their property and using their garbage bin..

  • They wanted easy to maintain plants that would offer some color during the growing season and that would be unappetizing for the local critters: rabbits, deer, and ELK.

  • On the otherside of the buildings closer to the ocean they wanted a sitting area to look out over the ocean..

PROJECT GOALS

  • Design a landscape that would feel like a garden around their parking area.

  • Redesign the parking area for a fixed number of vehicles and include spaces required by the local fire department and garbage disposal company. Minimize the amount of asphalt.

  • Plan an enclosed space for the large garbage bins used by the condo owners.

  • Include plants of interest all year long-reusing the existing shore pines and barberries as much as possible.

  • Design the entry so that it will discourage non-tenants from using the parking area as a beach access..
  • Design lighting around the parking area to improve visibility at night.

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • Blend the garden in with the local environment. Use primarily blue and white flowers to reflect the seashore environment.

  • Use deer resistant plants. Rabbits and elk are more difficult to design around, but they will typically not eat poisonous plants or plants with an irritating sap..

  • Add more of the shore pines as repetition and evergreen structure among all of the grasses, perennials, and shrubs.

  • Some native plants and other non-invasive, drought-tolerant ornamentals were used in the landscape, in order to create a highly sustainable, and appealing garden. .

 

 

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