Before: Unused BackyardRoderick and Carin Alemania have a long, rectangular backyard they don't use. Landscape designer Sara Bruckmeier creates a relaxing, yet vibrant space where they can lounge, entertain and watch their son play. A bamboo lounge, play cube, herb garden, window treatments and fountain come together to create this tropical garden.
The Alemanias' love their new home, yet they want to give their dark backyard a tropical vacation look. In addition to adding some fun play elements, they'd like to keep the level playing field for their 2-year-old son, Parker. The retaining wall needs a facelift, and it's time to replace the dilapidated shrubs with some unique plants.
After: Tropical RetreatThis once barren backyard is brought to life with tropical plants and a lot of bamboo. The retaining wall is covered with a bamboo screen and a new redwood cap. In addition to a beautiful new lawn, a sandbox with a bamboo cube is built into the yard for Parker. Since the couple loves to cook, a small herb garden is planted next to the flagstone pathway.
Bamboo LoungeOn the formerly empty deck, the crew built a bamboo lounge perfect for entertaining guests. For a personal touch, the designer incorporates Carin's favorite color, orange, with pillows, candles and other accessories. Bronze accents and cool lanterns are the finishing touches to this relaxing haven.
Terra-cotta Urn FountainA new focal point for the yard is the water feature created with a huge terra-cotta urn and some smart tricks. Bruckmeier uses a plastic disk on top of the urn, which reduces the maintenance and the amount of water needed in the reservoir. A lumber and bamboo screen attached to the fence acts as a backdrop to the fountain.