Amie Waller Backyard November 26th, 2018 - 01:49:56
We wanted to create kind of a sitting area down here, but also have an open view from the deck and create a bit of a perimeter planting for them to enjoy. We started by removing everything we removed the whole backyard we took apart the deck we kind of prepared the base for all this stonework here. So that was the first thing we did. We used a product that was kind of a tumbled stone, so it gave it a bit of a rustic feel and then we blast it with plants just to soften up all the stonework. We tried to get some height by putting in some large trees along the back for some privacy. Their pyramidal trees, they're called European horn, beams they're, very low-maintenance, the second row of plants going in front of them. We put in hydrangeas, shrubs and they're very low-maintenance.
They only go to four feet: they flower, you cut them back at the end of the year. They come back the following season. When we came here along the back, there was already some ivy growing, so we thought it would be a good idea to introduce some more screening and we planted some more ivy just to kind of fill up. The back of the fence on both sides to kind of complement each side and get some height. We put in some custom ripped cedar screens, and then we cover them with clematis, which is a flowering vine and then there are a few perennials that we've put in all around very low-maintenance after the stonework was done. We thought we'd kind of complement each corner and try to keep it very symmetrical. So we did a boxwood hedge in a square planter here and inside here we have a Hiji hydrangea tree, the flowers kind of hang down drape over flowers late in the season.
So it's a nice accent to the to the gardens right beside the deck we put some river stone and there's some hard surfacing like the stonework, so it makes it a little bit stark. So we decided to do was add some big large ornamental grasses to the area which will grow, probably about five to six feet: tall and they'll just really soften the wood, the stone and kind of be a transition between the stone in the wood we ran in Some drip hoses all the way around all the plants, the trees in the back around all the perennials. All she has to do is hook up her hose turn it on for half an hour an hour every other day and it waters everything grass wasn't working here. It was a very difficult situation. It's a high traffic zone. We do a lot of this artificial synthetic grass, which is very popular now for either high shade areas or highly trafficked areas once a season or twice a season. You just have to brush it to kind of get the grass to kind of stand up on straight, but other than that it's very low-maintenance.
Last season we did all the stonework and all the planting this season, we came back to do the landscape lighting on the property. It's actually a good thing to do it after kind of the plants has filled in a little bit, because then you can kind of see where exactly you have to light up. So on the trellises. Here we install lights to down light the clematis that is growing up the ripped lattice and then, in these garden beds, these four little square garden beds. We put in little up lights for these smaller trees, so they're smaller to keep it in scale, with the landscape, and along the back. We have five pyramidal horn beams and we lit up everyone individually, just to kind of give us a really nice stock lit scene. We put in three path lights around the deck so see where you're walking I find landscape lighting to be very important at night. Is a complete, different, dynamic, it's more about texture and feels at night it's creating a setting and a lot of people. I mean working during the day when you come home and it gets dark, you want to sit outside. It creates just a nice setting for you. This space, I would describe it's a smaller space, but it's very well thought out, I think, there's a good balance between plant life and functional sitting area. We wanted to create space so by putting in the lower patio, by opening up the upper deck we've created kind of different areas to sit and to dine down here, and I think what the plants it kind of gives you a real private feel back here.