Before: Muddy LandscapeRoommates Doug and Judy's backyard is mud packed and has no definition of space or landscape structure. Landscape designer Mark Foreman steps into create an eclectic garden filled with international flare. The yard marries botanical and spiritual elements from Japan, England and the Netherlands.
Doug recently tore down his old garage and built a new one. However, the construction has left his backyard in a muddy disaster. As a flight attendant, he's seen lots of beautiful gardens around the world and wants to bring an international flair to the space.
After: Lush SurroundingsLandscape designer Mark Foreman and the Landscape Smart team create a Zen river of pebbles that flows to the back corner of the yard, where they've built a Japanese-inspired meditative garden. Large boulders complement the peaceful pattern of the Zen pathway, while lush plantings, like ferns and hostas complete the new look.
Before: Major Drop-OffThough there are great French doors in the back of the home, there's no deck leading out into the backyard. Doug wants a garden of interest that utilizes all the corners and shaded areas. In addition, they'll need to define the backyard and create creative spaces for this actor and his friends.
After: Unique DeckThey build a deck off the French doors that leads to a tumbled brick paver patio with the formal lines of an English garden. The area is further enhanced with a decorative salvage window, which also screens the view of the neighboring house. Trees and shrubs soften the hardscape elements, while cushy green sod provides a transition from the active half of the yard to the meditative half.
After: Meditation GardenThe Japanese-inspired meditation structure feels a world away from daily life with its simple red benches and rock water fountain. Plastic panels provide privacy from the apartment building behind the yard, plus they're an affordable and easy to find.