This is one of my extensive backyard landscape designs with many
beautiful features! I was contacted by these clients to improve a stream
and waterfalls that had been installed.
Upon taking a good look around with them, other suggestions were made to improve the landscape design. Many are shown in the pictures below.
This photo shows the "before" picture of the backyard landscape. The stream and waterfalls are totally stark with no softness! This was designed by a pool company.
Not only is the outdoor staircase leading down the side of
the house unattractive, but it is also very uncomfortable as you
descend. There are no breaks and the steps themselves are of poorly
designed tread depths to riser heights for landscape steps.
Here is the landscape re-designed. Although it's hard to see all of the great details, you can still get an overview and see that it's an improvement over what was there before. It was a huge project and the landscaping cost was also!
This is one of the photos of the re-designed staircase. There are
multiple, circular landings which provide breaks in the long staircase:
they also add interest and some creativity as you descend. Plants on
either side add greenery and color to soften the hardscape.
As one walks down the bluestone steps, the view to the stream and
waterfalls can be enjoyed as can the open scenery beyond. Although not
shown in the photo, the level at the bottom of the steps also has a
lovely terraced area.
This was created by bringing in fill to level the area and also creating a large retaining wall. This can be done in backyard landscape designs that are on a slope where a more level area is desired.
See landscape retaining walls
This is the view looking up from the lower level if you were to walk up
the steps. A beautiful retaining wall was designed and installed on the
left to lessen the slope from the house towards the bluestone walkway.
See stone garden walls to see pictures of different types of walls that can be created with stone.
And...the backyard waterfalls. This is where the backyard waterfall
starts at the top of the slope. The homeowners now enjoy this water
feature as they sit on the small patio. The stream ends in a small
pond/pool which they have made into a mini swimming pool, where they can
wade! They tell me they spend almost every summer evening here and
truly love it.
See waterfall designs
And what are backyard landscape designs without perennial gardens? Lush
perennials are on either side of the stream. They provide color
throughout the season so that there is always something blooming. Roses,
Ornamental Grasses, Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush, Coneflower, and Lambs
Ear are just a few.
Annabelle Hydrangea are placed in a group to show off their large, white flowers. Landscape boulders are used throughout the gardens and tie in nicely with the stone walls. Boulders look nice with bluestone too.
Various walkways go through the rear yard leading to different parts of the back yard landscape. There are sitting areas in different places, another beautiful fountain, a patio fire pit, and more backyard gardens.
If you are interested in a backyard design or some coaching, just contact me!
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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