Covered with scrub oak, and redwood and pine seedlings, this one-acre property with dozens of mature redwood trees in the background, sat on three different elevations.
One of the challenges for Details Landscape Art, a Penngrove landscape contractor, was to transition from one level of the garden to another, incorporating the front, side and backyard areas, and including all the elements required by the homeowner.
The first order of business was to clear the property of unwanted trees, wild scrub and volunteer oaks. An arborist was called in and removed all this material and associated stumps and roots in a few days, leaving the mature redwoods, which we ‘limbed up’ to create planting space beneath them. Granted they are messy trees, continually dropping their needles, but they provided a stately background and much needed privacy.
There was an old rotting deck at the threshold level of the back door with narrow steps down to the garden, which we removed. The outdoor living area was expanded by creating a series of five semicircular steps
down from the back French doors to a sweeping flagstone patio. The flagstone used throughout was an Arizona flagstone called ‘Buckskin’. It is a warm pastel color with a golden hue. The same flagstone was used on the patio, capping the seat wall, and for all the steppingstone walkways and transition steps through the garden. Around the perimeter of the patio an eighteen-inch high retaining wall was built, faced with a color coordinated cultured stone and capped with flagstone to provide additional seating. On the slope behind the patio/seat wall we constructed a cascading waterfall beginning back under the redwoods and ferns and winding down into a koi pond directly behind the seat wall.