This property perfectly blends contemporary clean lines with a rustic farmhouse style, in both architecture and landscape design. Green Jay Landscaping was hired to create a full-scale Landscape Design Master Plan that emphasized pool landscaping and front yard design.
The full scope of design work included:
- Natural stone masonry (patios and walkways) to enable circulation and entertaining
- Pool area border gardens for pollinators
- Wetland mitigation planting
- Enclosed, raised-bed organic veggie garden
- Front yard border garden & foundation planting
- Front walkway landscaping
This project is #2: Field and Stream, Camp Refugia. GJL’s Top Landscape Design Projects of 2020.
Natural Stone Masonry: Modern Patio & Walkway Design
The classic rectilinear pool demanded an equally modern patio to connect the covered porch and the pool itself. We designed an array of natural stone to form a rectilinear patio with large grass joints.
The alfresco dining area also sits atop a rectilinear bluestone patio and is connected to the pool area with off-set bluestone rectangles (that match the existing front walkway). The overall effect is clean and modern, complimenting the homes architecture yet integrating with the designed landscape.
Hardscape Landscaping: Front & Backyard
To soften the modern, angular masonry we designed garden beds for year-round color and texture. The rear walkway is planted with creeping groundcovers that will spread around the stone for a more natural aesthetic.
The front walkway features long-blooming perennials like Geranium, Nepeta, and Yarrow. Texture-heavy plants like Fountain Grass, Blue Fescue and Sedum create interest and ecological value beyond the blooming season.
Pool Landscaping: Summer Poolside Pollinator Garden
The backyard landscaping surrounding the pool and entertaining area are filled with pollinator-attracting perennials that bloom all summer long. Plant palette included: Joe Pye Weed, Gayfeather, Sunflower, Beebalm & Coneflower. The overall landscaping qualifies this property as a Pollinator Pathway site and, coupled with our organic maintenance strategies, a Healthy Yard as well.
Front Yard Border Garden
This property is blessed with mature trees in the front yard that ground the new construction with a sense of permanence. We love to create sweeping border beds where the lawn meets the road – instead of staring at the transition from turf to asphalt from the front windows, there is a vibrant and ecologically active garden. We chose native shrubs, woodland perennials and groundcovers with interesting foliage.
Enclosed, Organic Vegetable Garden
There are three important considerations when designing a vegetable garden:
- Soil Quality – We use a mix of organic, screened topsoil and compost with biochar. Ensure your raised beds can drain properly.
- Animal Exclusion – We enclose the garden with fencing around all sides and on top – the only way to ensure your hard work is harvestable for YOU!
- Flowers to Attract Pollinators – Food crops for the most part depend on insect pollination. To have a high-yielding food garden you must have pollinators! We plant annuals like Zinnia and perennials like False Sunflower IN the veggie garden beds themselves to make a veritable target for pollinators.
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