This was a two-year project at a home on a wooded lot. The homeowners put on a large addition. Massive amounts of rocky/shale ‘soil’ was removed to accommodate the addition and the corresponding outdoor spaces.
Older plantings that we put in approximately 20 years ago were cordoned off and remained untouched.
The First Year After the Addition
The first year after the construction we created the hardscape and pathways around the house using irregular flagstone. A large wall had to be built to retain the area cut-out where the soil was removed. Then we created a large sitting area off the new French doors with step-ways and walkways blending in with the wooded area.
Some shrubs were installed close to the house to frame the stonework of the addition and soften the look a bit.
Finishing the Outdoor Space
The following year the rest of the outdoor space was created. Large amounts of conditioned bio-soil were brought in to augment the rocky/shale site. Then a water feature was installed. The water cascades into an antique ball and claw bathtub that had been on my property for years just waiting for the right application.
Ornamental trees and shrubs (mostly native) were added to best suit the wooded site. Finally sequential blooming perennials and later spring flowering bulbs were added, creating an ongoing display of color and fragrance, in addition to food sources for birds and pollinators
With the flowing water, these clients created a wildlife habitat that benefits the natural world as well as themselves.