Landscape Design and Installation
This is a rain garden with plenty of rock to retain the slope. The water enters as a waterfall over the rock. The monkeyflower filled in quickly. Other native plants include Oregon Saxifrage, Dagger leaf Rush and, and Yellow-eyed grass. Including over 40 species of plants, freshly planted, most dormant. The pathway allows one to stroll among the miniature mountains This colorful garden with a stream like area, was installed in a seasonally wet part of the yard, along with a patio of salvaged pavers. This rock garden berm was built to add some elevation to where it was just flat lawn, allowing an artist to look out from her studio at a mountain like scene with a diversity of native plants. This is a series of petal inspired beds radiating from a circular seating area with surrounding paths. The outer edge yet to be sheet-mulched and back-filled The petal beds are made steel that was bent, and have three tiers. Here one can see two monkey flowers native to Oregon and some other native and exotic plants, in/around a sunken area that collects water seasonally. An alcove wayside with a bench designed by Plantzy to be leaf-like, bright with reflected light. Two ridges of the mountain formation curving in along with the ground sculpted, hugging the alcove. Roof water feeds into a seep/wet meadow, and then into a bog yet to be finished and below to a rain garden with the overflow going under the walkway adding to the stream. The rain barrel can be filled with supplemental water. Camas bulbs, Oregon Saxifrage and Monkeyflower along with seeded species are planted in the seep/wet meadow, all plants found growing together in nature. The pond liner to be trimmed and hidden. This shows the upland and seep/wet meadow, both based off of plant communities of an imperiled place. Two Willamette Valley species: Roemer’s Fescue and Spring-gold (Lomatium utriculatum) The rock garden which has a diversity of plants which will be a rainbow of floral colors. The prairie hillock in the background still being planted. The parking strip with a curved steel edge. The planting also having an undulating appearance of sedges as well as a diversity of species of bulbs and seeds which will fill the area in the the spring. Here one sees a pond which in the summer will shrink greatly. The area becoming a mini emergent wetland garden. This area was sloped, so without the terracing this wouldn’t be possible. This stream is fed by roof water as well as house water optionally allowing for moisture loving plants to grow right along the sidewalk. Here the terrace has steps built in both for plants and for walking. Viewing the prairie hillocks from the semi-shaded side yard. They include a diversity of Willamette Valley prairie plants, planted in a density and species composition to look much like a naturally occurring prairie. Many species were seeded and planted as bulbs. The Miniature mountain landscape has a pathway which continues onto stepping stones intersecting in a low “valley” area. Here is a close up of a mini-mountain with a craggy ravine Another view of the mountainous berm from the artist’s studio freshly planted. Another view of the rain garden, showing water entering from testing it out, Many rocks were used to retain the slope and for it to fit into a limited area. A Japanese inspired rain garden with a stone bridge and a miniature mountainous look. This native plant shade garden was installed with rocks found on the property. This installation includes a circular patio ringed with steel, which was built around an existing fire pit. This was mostly lawn before work started. Salvaged bricks were used to edge the pathways to save cost of additional steel work. The central bed with a miniature landscape feel was the most recent one planted; this garden was installed in stages, doing what was in the client’s budget year to year. This trellis was installed along the house to give a natural feel, along with some colorful vines. The sunflowers are volunteers. A small rock garden with a trellis we built in the background and some volunteer California poppies in between A mountain inspired shaded rock garden, with some small plants. This is a small rain garden with camas and seep monkey flower and surrounding bed with the native columbine, milkweed etc. soon after planting. A soaker hose was added to make sure they get enough water as they get established. To control invasive weeds, that could persist after planting, sheet mulching was being installed. Later mulch was added on top, hiding the cardboard. Part of a trellis can also be seen. This photo shows how design on paper can end up on the ground in the form of water soluble marking paint. Landscape for the Beit Am Jewish Community Center.
The rusty patina of the steel, orange and the bent cedar bench stained green Terraces were added to give support on the downhill side and allow for the ground to be raised near the pathway, accentuating the alcove. The mound is shaped like Marys Peak which is visible in the distance, behind it, when it is clear, plants native to Marys Peak will be planted on it. The area is sloped both along the pathway and to the building, which posed a challenge to take good advantage of the space A view from the covered deck showing the terracing wrapping around the Marys Peak-let to the alcove This shows the mountainous rock gardens breaking up what was once a boring slope to the building The alcove and bench in use
Botanically inspired, with a refined aesthetic and a wild look
~Meadow/Prairie gardens, Rain Gardens and other types of wetland gardens, Rock Gardens, Woodland/shade gardens, Drought tolerant gardens, and more..
Everything from site specific native plantings to those including exotic species. Each placed with care, either using the existing contours or within a sculpted topography mimicking the natural landscape.
What to expect when hiring Plantzy to design and install a landscape
Other Landscape Features Available:
-Steel: for gracefully curved contours for pathways and beds and more.
-Trellises, fences, and more.
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