Drainage and grading of the interior courtyard were challenging due to the tight site plan featuring a swimming pool. The necessity for flush entries at all doors provided another challenge, as the client had ADA needs for a multi-generational family yet desired the aesthetic of cohesive space. This room acts as a central focal point: a glance through the large glass doors would bring a view to the Turtle Courtyard and grilling space to the north and the pool to the south. The plant palette for this project is a unique mix of form, color, foliage variety, and seasonal interest. The client requested nostalgic varieties of plants from her childhood– a difficult challenge to meld with modern lines of the architecture! Several varieties of Peony, Hydrangea, Loropetalum, Butterfly Bush, and perennials were used as well as modern plant varieties of Golden Sweet Flag, Elijah Blue Fescue, Pink Muhly Grass, Flirt Nandina, Golden Sedge, Hosta, Cherry sage.
49 other varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers were used to create an elegant, inspirational, private refuge for the clients.