Drought-tolerance in the woods

Orinda, CA Landscape Design


With the existing vegetation providing privacy from the road, the focus was to create a front yard whose beauty not only greets the homeowners and their guests upon entrance, but also serves as a private retreat.

The finished design is all about juxtapositions:  the client’s Mexican heritage and love of succulents surrounded by the East Bay Area’s dense Oak woodlands; the cool tumbling water of the tiered fountain encircled by drought-tolerant plantings; the hard edges of poured concrete pavers abutting the curving lines of the gravel pathways that give way underfoot.

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