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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Burgundy Garden

  • A close-up view of the herringbone pattern of the used brick walkway. Cute, little pink-blooming cranesbill soften the edge, and along with blue-blooming ground morning glory, camouflage the bare legs of hybrid tea roses. In the background, creeping thyme, variegated society garlic and coral bells continue the layered look.

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Wine and Roses


Near Patterson Avenue

Wine-colored foliage complements the warm tones of the used brick entry and curving walls, and serves as a backdrop for the homeowners' prized roses.

Previously, a boring expanse of lawn rolled from the house down to the sidewalk, and visitors had to squeeze past cars on the driveway to reach the front door. We terraced the site, then installed the broad landing pad at the street, the winding, welcoming walkway and the accompanying brick walls.

We carried the classic theme of the two mature camellias into the new plantings. A burgundy Bloodgood Japanese maple anchors the corner of the house, and its deep hues are repeated in the leaves of Chinese fringe flower, Crimson Curls coral bells and New Zealand flax.

Silver and variegated leaves highlight the brighter tones of the brick, while a flowing series of layered ground covers, perennials and shrubs with sparkly flowers adds dimension to the design.