Kathy’s Backyard Design for Her Daughter

Kathy Sandel has shared her gardens with us earlier than (Extra of Kathy’s Calabasas Backyard, Kathy’s Backyard Transformation in Sacramento), however immediately she’s sharing the backyard she created for her daughter in Sacramento, California.

My daughter and her spouse have lived in a small home in Sacramento for a number of years. Now that I’ve additionally moved close to, she requested me to redo her entrance backyard.

front yard getting prepped for planting with lawn removedThey had been already planning on widening and repaving the driveway, and since their rear backyard could be very restricted, I recommended that the contractor pouring the driveway lengthen the pour and embody a good-size pad within the entrance backyard. I might then construct low planters to encompass the concrete space to create a patio. They appreciated the concept, so we mapped out the form and measurement.

The entrance backyard accommodates an enormous redwood tree. It’s too giant to contemplate eradicating, and so they do just like the tree. Nonetheless, it dominates the property. We solved the issue by elevating its decrease limbs to let in additional mild and to have the ability to see throughout the yard. We additionally pruned it rigorously to lighten its prominence. The bottom branches are actually about 7 toes above the bottom. We sectioned the yard into three planting areas.

front yard set up with lines of drip irrigationWe then introduced in about 10 yards of excellent planter combine and amendments, turned and graded the world, and laid drip traces.

sloped front yard garden with new plantingsThe entrance slope we lined in a silver floor cowl referred to as dymondia (Dymondia margaretae, Zones 9–11).

close up of succulents and ground covers planted in front yardThere’s a pure dip within the floor between the entrance slope and the world surrounding the tree. We planted many various succulents on this space, with a floor cowl of creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia, Zones 3–8).

progress photo of patio and raised planter constructionWe then completed constructing and plastering the low planters that encompass the patio, ensuring to go away openings on the base for drainage.

finished patio and planters filled with flowersWe stuffed these planters with fantastic planter mixes and perlite for aeration and proceeded to plant colour, largely perennials with some succulents combined in. The planters are additionally on drip irrigation.

close up of red flower and foliage in raised planterThe primary winter we planted white cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum, Zones 9–11). Then for summer time we planted a mixture of crimson Heuchera (Zones 3–8) rather than the cyclamen.

finished patio with outdoor furnitureMy daughter and her spouse purchased new patio furnishings and are thrilled with their new social gathering patio.

raised planting with lots of purple flowersClimbing roses and pansies fill this planter with colour.


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